Master's in Mathematics MSc until 2016-17


The programme is addressed to mathematicians, mainly those teaching in Secondary Schools or intending to teach in Secondary Schools. This programme intends to offer:
a) a more profound understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts
b) an introduction to the mathematical methods used in Applied Mathematics
c) a description and analysis of mathematical models in Health sciences, Technology, Physics, Sociology, Economics, etc.
d) acquaintance  with the use of computer systems, and
e) an introduction to the History of Mathematics, Epistemology, and Educational Methods  in Mathematics

Programme ECTS credits: 120
Classification according to ISCED-2011 of Unesco:
based on the level of Education: 7   
based on the field of Education: 46 Mathe matics and statistics

Classification according to ISCED-2013 of Unesco:
based on the field of Education: 0541 Mathematics


Learning outcomes

 The emphasis is on realizable outcomes for students with mathematical background learning at a distance who have chosen a masters level science degree.

On the successful completion of the program students will

  • have a systematic understanding and knowledge of the fundamental and advanced concepts, theorems and methods of Real Analysis, of Linear Algebra and of Stochastic Mathematics
  • be experienced in developing  mathematical models for phenomena arising in the physical sciences, in medicine or in Technology,
  • be able to analyze and solve the mathematical problems involved in the modelling process using analytical or numerical methods including differential equations and/ or integral equations,
  • get experienced in using a scientific software, like Mathematica, for studying numerically mathematical problems,
  • be able to use the Mathematica software, along with other scientific softwares, in teaching mathematics in all education study cycles.

Moreover, by making their particular choice of courses, among the optional modules offered by the Program, together with developing their master thesis in the particular area of their interest , the students will acquire special knowledge and understanding. In particular, when they have successfully completed their specialization in the program students will

  • assimilate complex mathematical ideas and arguments from the area of Pure or Applied Mathematics
  • understand how to solve mathematical problems that model more complex physical phenomena by organizing and efficiently using the knowledge acquired throughout the program
  • be acquainted with update scientific publications in the field of mathematics and their applications in physical sciences and present them in relevant audience

or, they will be able to

  • evaluate critically current issues of the Philosophy of Mathematics
  • understand in depth the development and the historical evolution of mathematical ideas, mathematical structures and mathematical fields
  • use effectively the acquired knowledge in advancing the teaching techniques in Mathematics education

General skills that the students will be able to demonstrate, upon completing the program “Postgraduate Studies in Mathematics”:

  • comprehensive understanding and efficient use of  complex mathematical concepts and arguments
  • development of  mathematical and physical intuition
  • clarity in arguments and effective oral communication on mathematical ideas and conclusions about mathematics
  • effective communication in scientific writing about a mathematical issue
  • ability to present their thesis to a relative scientific audience
  • ability to advance knowledge and understanding through independent learning
  • development of relevant skills for performing scientific research in the field of their specialization, in the frame of a PhD course.


Course Structure


1st Year
MSM50 Fundamental Theories and Methods in Mathematics
MSM60 Mathematical Models in Sciences

2nd Year
MSM61 Computational Methods and Software in Mathematics
MSM51 Historical Development of Mathematics and Mathematics Education
MSM62 Special Topics in Mathematics


The requirements in order to obtain the degree are the following:
1. The students must attend and pass four courses of the programme.
2. The students must submit a dissertation. The examining committee of the dissertation consists of three members of the Academic Research Staff or tutors of the programme.


Applicants to the Master in Mathematics course must possess an undergraduate degree in mathematics or applied mathematics from a Greek Public University, a Technical Educational Institute or an equivalent degree.

The equivalency to a Greek qualification is recognized by the Hellenic NARIC (Hellenic National Academic Recognition and Information Center / DOATAP), which verifies the validity and equivalence of the acquired degree with those awarded by Greek institutions of higher education. Applicants must possess documents issued by DOATAP. A list of recognised degrees is available from DOATAP, and a prerequisite course list for applicants to HOU courses may be given by the HOU's registration department.

All candidates must provide evidence of their ability in a foreign language, preferably English.


Course Director
Associate Professor Maria Hatzinicolaou, Hellenic Open University

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