Text only About us Job opportunities Contact us
Mathematics and Computing

Printable Version Site Map Ask Us
Maths and Computing Sign Laptop with feet
New to Study or to the OU?

The two Departments of Mathematics & Statistics, and Computing & Communications, are constituent parts of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology (MCT) which was formed on 1 October 2007 from the former Faculty of Mathematics and Computing and the former Faculty of Technology.

The MCT Faculty is part of The UK Open University (OU) - the acknowledged world leader in providing university education to part-time adult students using supported open learning and distance learning. The University has more than 220,000 students, reaching them wherever they live or work. The OU has a national centre at Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, 10 regional centres, and 3 'Nation Region' centres in Wales, Ireland and Scotland where more than 700 tutorial venues providing a strong local presence. Our open and distance learning modules and qualifications are very highly rated by students.

If you are thinking of studying Mathematics, Statistics or Computing subjects, this site can point you towards possible modules and programmes of study. But you might welcome some guidance before you start browsing too deeply. You can also review the 'Our Study Programme' area on this site. You will also find it useful to contact us through one of our local offices if you want to discuss your options.

The Open University is more than just a place of learning - it is a community. As members of the community we have responsibilities to each other, responsibilities which, if we all meet them, will allow our student members to achieve their full potential. You can read more about how we work with you on the University's Student Charter website.

Cost of study - England
If you are resident in England, you might like to review our 'Ways to pay' website which sets out the various options for paying for your study towards an Open University qualification.

  • Mathematics and Statistics - Undergraduate:
    If you are new to Undergraduate Mathematics, start with our 'Maths Choices' website. However if you think you may wish to commence your study with a module at Level 2 or 3, then you are advised to contact your local OU Regional Centre for further advice. If you are interested in studying Statistics, then look at our 'Stats Choices' website.
  • Mathematics and Statistics Study Skills
    We have prepared a website which is intended for Post Foundation students, though it can be used by anyone with an interest in studying Mathematics. Maths Study Skills Website.
  • MSc Taught Masters in Mathematics:
    For Postgraduate students who want to continue their mathematics studies by delving more deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics, look at our Taught Master's information and also our Pathways in the Mathematics MSc. To help you determine whether you have sufficient mathematical background to enrol on the MSc in Mathematics programme, in particular module M820 The Calculus of Variations and Advanced Calculus which is designed as a general introduction to the MSc programme, we have developed a Diagnostic Quiz.

  • Computing - Undergraduate:
    If you are looking for guidance on a suitable path through our Undergraduate Computing modules, look at the University's Computing and ICT pages first. Most students find that they need relatively little previous background in computing to start studying on the programme.
  • Computing - Postgraduate:
    Our Postgraduate Computing website provides information to help you consolidate your computing skills and knowledge while you work.

People choose to study for many reasons - to further their careers, to make up for missed opportunities, to pursue a personal interest or simply to flex their minds.

Around 27,000 students study Maths and Statistics or Computing undergraduate and Masters modules written and presented by the two Departments. They work at a distance using supported Open Learning techniques. These students are supported by over 1400 locally based Associate Lecturers as part of the OU's integrated open learning approach using a range of methods including face-to-face tutorials, computer conferencing, email and telephone contact.

The two Departments of Computing and Mathematics and Statistics,are home to around 170 staff.

We work closely with other areas of the University to offer coherent Programmes of Study and Named Degrees - including the Faculty of Science, and the Open University Business School. Follow the 'Our Study Programme' link above to find out more.

We collaborate with the Institute of Educational Technology, the Knowledge Media Institute, the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. Full-time and Part-time students work on Postgraduate Degrees and on Research projects in the Faculty. Follow the 'Our Research' link above to find out more

ViewSeminars and Events
4 November 2014
Wandering domains and commuting functions
Dept: Mathematics and Statistics
What dynamical features do two commuting functions share? It is known since Julia and Fatou that any two commuting rational functions have the same Julia set, and the families of commuting rational f...
11 November 2014
Maximally and non-maximally fast escaping points of transcendental entire functions
Dept: Mathematics and Statistics
We partition the fast escaping set of a transcendental entire function into two subsets, the maximally fast escaping set and the non-maximally fast escaping set. These sets have strong dynamical prope...
18 November 2014
The Möbius function of the small Ree groups
Dept: Mathematics and Statistics
Abstract: In 1936 Hall showed that Möbius inversion could be applied to the lattice of subgroups of a finite group G in order to determine the number of n-bases of G, that is, generating sets of G of...
25 November 2014
Details to follow
Dept: Mathematics and Statistics
Details to follow
27 November 2014
Perspectives on Software Visualization
Dept: Computing and Communications, CRC
Software visualization addresses the visual representation of software systems, their dynamic execution, and their development process.
1 December 2014
Details to follow
Dept: Mathematics and Statistics
Details to follow
1 December 2014
Mandelbrot's eyes and 1/f noise
Dept: Mathematics and Statistics
Abstract: More than 100 years ago, Thomson and Tait's classic "Treatise on Natural Philosophy" cautioned its readers against "considering the formula and not the fact as physical reality". Deciding ...
4 December 2014
Details to follow
Dept: Mathematics and Statistics
Details to follow
16 December 2014
Details to follow
Dept: Mathematics and Statistics
Details to follow
© The Open University 2004-2014