The Open University has a "BSc Honours" degree in mathematics, having its programme of study described here. The courses, divided into modules, are grouped there and listed by three stages roughly corresponding to years of study.

To me it looks like an applied mathematics curriculum, but I could be wrong about that.

What would be your take, if you are intimately familiar with other mathematics BSc programmes and perhaps even with this particular one? Are there key aspects you find neglected in this programme?


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The question is too specific about one particular programme at one particular university to be useful to other readers in this Q&A format and is likely to be closed.

However, despite saying that, it touches on an area worthy of answer.

However: tl;dr Yes, it is considered equivalent to all other UK Honours degrees in Mathematics by other universities and would be acceptable for any postgraduate studies.

Now to the detail.

Some might consider it less worthy because it has no specific entry requirements. This is because it is designed to provide a route for a university education for those who may find themselves unable to attend a regular university programme. In particular the university was created to educate the late returned to higher education and permit them to traverse any glass ceiling or financial burden that previously might have held them back. This is a false premise. Students have to undertake rigorous studies and complete the same assessments at the same levels as students elsewhere, and in addition they often do this whilst still in employment or in a caring role. Many consider an OU achievement as more worthy because of this.

Some might consider it less worthy because it is based on distance learning withe most of the delivery being done by the medium of the internet, videos and downloaded material. Very much like a MOOC. This also is a false premise. The OU was very early in the development of remote online teaching and is considered the forerunner and exemplar of this mode of delivery which has been honed by them over the last 50 years. It delivers results and has developed techniques in educational technology that are the envy of other institutions. In this era of lockdowns and isolations many universities are having to rapidly catch up with what the OU has been doing for decades.

So I am tempted to say: What pre-conceptions did you have about their style of education that made you think their qualifications were in any way lesser in value?

  • OU also has a system of "local" TAs so that students can get individual help. That is also very unlike the typical MOOC.
    – Buffy
    Dec 8, 2020 at 14:06
  • @Buffy Thanks for the further detail. It is hard to be concise and accurate without risking omitting something important! Dec 8, 2020 at 14:10
  • It's not a single course, it is a single BSc programme, unless we are using different terminology. And no, I implied no pre-conception in neither direction.
    – matanox
    Dec 9, 2020 at 7:33

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