Studying Science with the Open University (Prospectus 2016 Download

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YOUR 2017–2018
SCIENCE
PROSPECTUS
GET STARTED
03 Achieve your goals with
The Open University
04 Five reasons why you
should choose us
05 What you need to get started
06 The right qualification for you
07 Learn in a way that suits you
08 Improve your confidence
with an Access module
10 How you build your qualification
12 How long your
qualification will take
14 When and how you can pay
WELCOME TO
SCIENCE
16 Soar with STEM subjects
18 World-leading research –
shaping our curriculum
FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE
COURSE
19 Undergraduate qualifications
FIND A POSTGRADUATE
COURSE
49 Postgraduate qualifications
56 Postgraduate modules
BEFORE YOU GO
67 Other useful information
68 Order another prospectus
oday is the day
T
to open up your
future. To expand
your horizons and
gain new skills.
To move your
career to the next
level – or start
a new one. We’re
here to help you
do it all.
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We’re pioneers in
distance learning,
just one of the things
that makes us unique.
GET STARTED
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS WITH
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
WE WILL:
–– help you gain a qualification
that employers respect
–– provide you with great
teaching and resources
–– offer a flexible learning
experience based around
you and your needs
–– use the most up-to-date
technology to enhance
your study
–– support you when you need it.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
–– Materials that are often
designed by leading
academics as well as public
and private sector industry
experts, and checked with
skills councils and professional
bodies to make sure they’re
current and relevant.
–– Continuing innovation –
we have always been a
leader in education, providing
accessible ways of learning,
wherever you may be.
–– World-class resources –
we have more online library
resources than any other
UK university.
–– Qualifications that are
respected by employers
the world over, many who
go on to sponsor students
studying with us.
86%
of FTSE 100
companies
have sponsored
staff on OU courses
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FIVE REASONS
WHY YOU
SHOULD
CHOOSE US
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1
We make learning
available to all, regardless
of background, age or any
additional learning needs.
2
We’re experts in helping
busy people fit studies
around their working lives
and family commitments.
3
We guarantee you
outstanding value – high
quality teaching at an
affordable price.
4
Our qualifications
are vocationally focused,
ensuring you can put what
you learn into practice
immediately.
5
Our ways of teaching
are respected by students
and employers alike.
GET STARTED
WHAT YOU NEED
TO GET STARTED
Where you start in
life shouldn’t limit
where you go. If you’re
determined to succeed
and prepared to work
hard then choose a
course, get in touch
and get going.
It’s easy to begin studying with
us. In the next few pages you
can find out about the courses
we offer, how you pay and how
long your qualification may take.
WHAT YOU NEED
YOU CAN DO IT
–– A computer and internet
access. You could receive
financial help to buy a
computer depending
on where you live and
how much you earn.
The main reason we’re
called The Open University is
that we’re open to everyone.
Every year, we help thousands
of people achieve extraordinary
things and you could be
next. You simply need the
determination to succeed.
–– A good grasp of the English
language. To get help and
guidance on whether you
meet this standard, go to
openuniversity.co.uk/
englishlanguage.
–– Our students are diverse.
30% of new undergraduate
students are under 25 and
our oldest students are in
their nineties.
–– We helped around 22,000
students with disabilities
and additional needs last
year alone.
–– There are no formal
academic entry requirements
at undergraduate level.
For some qualifications you
may need to be in relevant
paid or voluntary employment
– the qualification
descriptions tell you more.
COUNT YOUR PREVIOUS STUDY
If you’ve studied before
at higher education level it
might count towards your
OU qualification, cutting down
the modules you’ll need to
study as well as saving you
time and money.
If you tell us what you
have, we’ll do the rest.
To find out how it works,
go to openuniversity.co.uk/
credit-transfer.
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THE RIGHT
QUALIFICATION FOR YOU
We offer nearly 200 highly-respected qualifications, including certificates,
diplomas and degrees. Read the information below to help you decide
which qualification is best for you.
FOR UNDERGRADUATES
FOR POSTGRADUATES
You can study any of the
following undergraduate
qualifications.
You can study three types
of postgraduate qualification.
–– A degree in a named
subject – Complete
modules in a particular
subject to earn an honours
degree.
–– Postgraduate diploma
–– An Open degree –
Tailor an honours degree
to your needs and interests
across a number of subjects.
–– the flexibility to fit
postgraduate study around
your other commitments
–– Diploma of higher
education (DipHE) –
Expand your knowledge
and improve your skillset.
A diploma of higher education
is equivalent to two-thirds
of an honours degree.
–– Certificate of higher
education (CertHE) –
Get a general grounding
in a subject. A certificate
of higher education is
equivalent to one-third
of an honours degree.
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–– Masters degree
–– Postgraduate certificate
Whatever you choose, we'll give
you:
–– the opportunity to improve
your career
–– freedom to follow your
passions in depth.
To find out more about how you
build your qualification and how
long it takes, see pages 10–13.
To find out more
about how you build your
QUALIFICATION
and how long it takes,
see pages 10–13
GET STARTED
LEARN IN A WAY
THAT SUITS YOU
We give you the
flexibility to fit study
around the other
things going on in
your life, whatever
they may be.
SUPPORTED OPEN LEARNING
You’ll have more one-to-one
contact than you have with
other distance education
providers and more flexibility
than campus-based learning.
We make sure that you always
have the help you need to learn
in the best possible way.
You get regular support from
our tutors and access to all
the materials and resources
essential to your course.
We also put you in touch
with a Student Support
Team from the beginning.
They’ll be there to help you
on your learning journey.
HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED
STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
You may be assessed in a
number of different ways.
We use a combination of
written assignments, oral or
practical assessments, projects,
examinations, dissertations
and portfolios. Check individual
qualification descriptions
for more detail.
You'll also gain automatic
entry to our active Students
Association – you can help
influence University decisions,
meet fellow students and
develop new skills.
PIONEERING TECHNOLOGY
We’ve been using innovative
technology to connect with our
students since we first started.
We’ll make sure that you always
have what you need and
feel connected.
CONNECT WITH
OTHER STUDENTS
Use our module discussion
groups to talk about subjects
or study methods. Or you
could join one of the informal
Facebook groups set up
by students.
Join the conversation on
Facebook.com/OUstudents
Twitter.com/OUstudents
Instagram.com/OUstudentslive
Find out more at
openuniversity.co.uk/ousa.
DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL
STUDY NEEDS?
The OU is committed
to helping students with
disabilities and additional
needs. We’ll give you
the tools to help overcome
obstacles that may stand in
the way of your learning –
whatever your needs may be.
For more information and
to find out whether you may
qualify for financial help
with study and travel costs,
go to page 67, call us on
+44 (0)300 303 5303 or go to
openuniversity.co.uk/disability.
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IMPROVE YOUR CONFIDENCE
WITH AN ACCESS MODULE
An Access module offers a
great introduction to a range of
subjects. Think of it as a taster
to see if you want to delve in
deeper. You don’t have to do
one, but you may find it helpful
if you don’t have much
experience of university-level
study or you haven’t studied
in a while. You may even qualify
for a free Access module
– see page 9 for more details.
It will also:
–– help improve your
confidence
–– give you a taste of
something you may want
to study in more detail
Each module includes
a selection of materials, online
quizzes, and assignments that
you complete over a period of
30 weeks. It takes around
nine hours of study each week.
WHAT DO YOU
NEED TO BEGIN?
You can start Access modules
in February and October.
You’ll need:
You’ll get:
– access to a phone
–– a personal tutor providing
regular feedback with
one-to-one telephone tutorials
– equipment that plays DVDs
– the use of a computer with
internet access.
–– further support from
a dedicated team
throughout your study
–– detailed written feedback
–– an OU Access Module
Certificate at the end
of the course.
–– provide an opportunity to
brush up on your study skills.
Students who
prepare by taking
an Access module
are more likely to be
SUCCESSFUL
in their future studies
WHAT YOU CAN STUDY
The following Access module
can prepare you for one or
more of the qualifications we
offer in science.
Science, technology
and maths Access
module (Y033)
This module introduces
you to a technically oriented
range of subjects, including
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science; engineering and
design; environment;
mathematics; and computing
and IT. As the foundation for
further studies in these fields,
this is the ideal module to
explore mathematical and
scientific ideas and techniques.
We offer two other Access
modules, which are more
relevant to other subject areas:
Arts and languages
Access module (Y031)
People, work and society
Access module (Y032)
GET STARTED
DO YOU QUALIFY FOR A FREE ACCESS MODULE?
You can study an Access
module for free if you:
HOW MUCH DOES AN
ACCESS MODULE COST?
–– live in the UK or have a
British Forces Post Office
address (excludes Channel
Islands and Isle of Man)
If you don’t qualify to study
for free, the cost depends on
where you live.
–– are studying the module to
prepare for an OU qualification
(this doesn’t apply if you live
in Scotland)
–– have a household income (or,
in Scotland, a personal income)
of £25,000 or less, or you’re
receiving qualifying benefits
–– have not completed more
than one year of a full-time
undergraduate programme
at NQF level 4/SCQF level 7
or above, or completed 30
credits or more of OU study.
–– In England, the Channel Islands
and the Isle of Man it’s £716.
–– In Northern Ireland, Scotland
and Wales it’s £240.
Pay up front by debit/credit
card or by bank transfer, or
choose to spread the cost with
an Open University Student
Budget Account – see page 15
for more information.
NEXT STEPS
Order an Access
Modules prospectus online
at openuniversity.co.uk/
ug-access or speak to our
Student Recruitment team
on +44 (0)300 303 0069.
If you’re studying an Access
module in preparation for
an OU qualification and you
live in England or Wales, you
could cover the costs with a
student loan – see page 14
for more information.
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HOW YOU BUILD
YOUR QUALIFICATION
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
As an undergraduate student you
will need to build up a set number
of credits to gain your qualification.
Here’s how it works:
ACCESS MODULE
An optional module to build
your confidence and prepare
you for further study.
WHAT ARE STAGES,
CREDITS AND MODULES?
STAGES
STAGE 1
–– You must complete three stages
to gain an honours degree, two stages
for a diploma of higher education, and one
stage for a certificate of higher education.
–– To complete each stage you must
build up a set number of credits…
To complete Stage 1, you’ll need
120 credits, studying modules worth
30 or 60 credits.
120 CREDITS
Certificate of higher education
CREDITS
–– You need 120 credits to
complete each stage.
–– You gain credits by successfully
completing modules…
STAGE 2
–– You need a set number of credits
to gain your chosen qualification
e.g. you need 360 credits to gain
an honours degree.
MODULES
To complete Stage 2, you’ll
need a further 120 credits, studying
modules worth 30 or 60 credits.
240 CREDITS
Diploma of higher education
–– You choose the modules you
want to study, year by year.
–– Different modules are worth
different amounts of credits,
usually 30 or 60 credits.
–– Most students study 60 credits a year
– see page 12 for more information.
STAGE 3
–– Modules are either compulsory
or selected from a choice of options.
To complete Stage 3, you’ll
need a further 120 credits, studying
modules worth 30 or 60 credits.
360 CREDITS
Degree with honours
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GET STARTED
POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
You gain a postgraduate
qualification by building up
a set number of credits...
60 credits at postgraduate level.
Postgraduate certificate1
CREDITS
You need:
–– 60 credits to gain a postgraduate certificate
–– 120 credits to gain a postgraduate diploma
A further 60 credits at postgraduate
level – total 120 credits.
–– 180 credits to gain a masters degree.
You gain credits by successfully
completing modules…
Postgraduate diploma1
MODULES
–– You choose the modules you
want to study, year by year.
–– With each module you successfully
complete, you’ll earn a set number
of credits, usually 30 or 60 credits.
A further 60 credits at postgraduate
level – total 180 credits.
–– Modules are either compulsory or
selected from a choice of options.
GETTING STARTED
All you need to do is choose which qualification
you want to study and register on a module that
counts towards that qualification. You can find
out more about the postgraduate qualifications
we offer in science on page 49.
Masters degree
Please note that certificates and diplomas
are not always available and will depend
on your study choices.
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For more information on how long your
qualification will take – see page 12.
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HOW LONG YOUR
QUALIFICATION WILL TAKE
Exactly how long it takes
to get your qualification
depends on you – how many
credits you study each year
and which qualification
you’re working towards.
Most of our students study part
time. The way we work gives
you the flexibility to do this and
get the qualification you want in
a timeframe that’s right for you.
If you want to study full time,
you’ll need to plan your studies
and keep a few things in mind.
We recommend that you do
no more than two modules
at the same time.
UNDERGRADUATE QUALIFICATIONS
DEGREE (360 CREDITS)
36
120 credits a year
Full time
18
60 credits a year
Part time
Study hours
per week
0
2
Years to complete
4
6
DIPLOMA OF HIGHER EDUCATION (240 CREDITS)
36
120 credits a year
Full time
18
60 credits a year
Part time
Study hours
per week
0
2
Years to complete
4
6
CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION (120 CREDITS)
Study hours
per week
36
120 credits
a year
Full time
18
60 credits a year
Part time
0
2
Years to complete
4
6
Studying at a rate of 30 credits a year will require nine hours study per week. It will take double
the time of studying 60 credits a year to complete your qualification.
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If this applies to your
qualification, you won’t
be able to study full time.
See below for a guide to
how long it will take you
to gain your qualification.
GET STARTED
Depending on your
qualification, the required
modules may not all be available
within your study year or may
not be studied together for
academic reasons.
That’s what’s so great
about the OU – it’s
made-to-measure,
it’s bespoke, it fits
around you and your
individual needs.”
Hazel Krolow,
BA Early Years
POSTGRADUATE QUALIFICATIONS
MASTERS DEGREE (180 CREDITS)
Study hours
16–20
per week
60 credits a year
0
Part time
1
2
3
Years to complete
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (120 CREDITS)
Study hours
16–20
per week
60 credits a year
0
Part time
1
Years to complete
2
3
POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE (60 CREDITS)
Study hours 16–20
per week
60 credits a year
0
Part time
1
Years to complete
2
3
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WHEN AND HOW
YOU CAN PAY
We offer great value
for money, giving you
an excellent standard
of teaching at an
affordable price. And
we’ll always help you
find a way of paying that
suits your circumstances.
FOR UNDERGRADUATE
Pay on a module-by-module
basis, rather than up front, for
your qualification. See below
to get an idea of costs.
LIVING IN ENGLAND
CREDITS
EACH YEAR
COST PER
YEAR1
30
£1,432
60
£2,864
120
£5,728
1
017/18 prices; fees normally increase
2
annually in line with inflation and the
University’s strategic approach to fees.
In England, the cost for a 360
credit honours degree based
on today’s prices is £17,184.
LIVING IN NORTHERN
IRELAND, SCOTLAND
OR WALES
CREDITS
EACH YEAR
COST PER
YEAR1
30
£479
60
£958
120
£1,916
1
017/18 prices (exceptions apply); fees
2
normally increase annually in line with
inflation and the University’s strategic
approach to fees.
In Northern Ireland, Scotland
and Wales the cost for a typical
360 credit honours degree
based on today’s prices is
£5,748.
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FUNDING – ENGLAND
AND WALES
FUNDING – NORTHERN
IRELAND AND SCOTLAND
Student Finance England and
Student Finance Wales offer
student loans to fund study.
In Northern Ireland you may
be able to get a Fee Grant of up
to £1,2301 to help towards your
fees. The amount depends on
how much you earn and how
many credits you study.
A student loan may be the
best way to pay for your studies
regardless of your age or
income. It’s the most popular
method and you only have to
start paying it back when you
earn more than the income
threshold (currently £21,000).
EXAMPLE REPAYMENT
AMOUNTS
INCOME
EACH YEAR
BEFORE TAX
MONTHLY
REPAYMENT
Up to £21,000
£0
£22,000
£7
£25,000
£29
£30,000
£67
To qualify for a loan you
need to be studying at least
one module worth 30 credits
and registered to study for a
qualification.
If you get a student loan:
–– you won’t have to pay anything
back for up to four years
–– repayments are based on what
you earn, not what you owe
–– payments are deducted
automatically from your salary
–– you can pay off the loan
early without any penalties
–– if, for any reason, there’s
a balance outstanding after
30 years – it’ll be written off.
ALREADY HAVE A DEGREE?
You may still qualify for a
student loan. You need to be
living in England or Wales and
looking to study an eligible
qualification. For more
information go to
openuniversity.co.uk/quals.
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ee Grant for 2016/17 academic year.
F
Please check our website for the latest
information.
If you live in Scotland and your
personal income is £25,000 or
less, or you’re on certain
benefits, and you’re studying at
least 30 credits, you could
qualify for a Part-Time Fee Grant
to cover all of your course fees.
STUDY SUPPORT AND
DISCRETIONARY FUNDS
If your annual income is less
than £25,000, you may be
eligible for additional meanstested funding for study-related
costs, such as travel, childcare
and internet access.
SELF-FUNDED STUDY
It’s easy to pay for your
studies using a debit/credit
card or by bank transfer. Or set
up an Open University Student
Budget Account (OUSBA) – see
opposite for more information.
GET SPONSORED
See whether your company or
organisation would want to help
you learn and develop, it’s
always worth asking.
MORE ONLINE
To find out more about
paying for your studies, go
to openuniversity.co.uk/
ug-fees. Or call an OU adviser
on +44 (0)300 303 5303.
FUNDING – SCOTLAND
FUNDING – WALES
You pay for postgraduate
qualifications module by
module. The total fee depends
on what you choose to study.
If you live in Scotland you could
be eligible for a fee loan of up to
£2,750 a year, for up to two
years, from the Student Awards
Agency Scotland.
Postgraduate loans in Wales
are under review for 2017/18.
Please check our website
for the latest information.
FUNDING – ENGLAND
To be eligible you must:
If you live in England you could
be eligible for a postgraduate
loan of up to £10,000 from
Student Finance England.
–– be resident in Scotland
To be eligible you must:
IF YOU GET A LOAN:
–– be under 60 years old
–– you’ll start repaying your
loan the April after you’ve
graduated or left the course
–– be resident in England
(although some EU
students may be eligible)
–– be studying a masters
degree which can be
completed in no more
than three years
–– not currently have
a masters degree
or equivalent
–– be studying for an eligible
postgraduate qualification.
–– repayments are based on
what you earn, not what you
owe. You only start paying it
back when you earn more
than the income threshold
(currently £17,495)
–– payments are deducted
automatically from your salary.
IF YOU GET A LOAN:
–– the earliest you’ll start
repaying your loan is
April 2019
–– payments are deducted
automatically from
your salary
–– if, for any reason, there’s
a balance outstanding after
30 years – it’ll be written off.
SELF-FUNDED STUDY
It’s easy to pay for your
studies using a debit/credit
card or by bank transfer.
Or set up an Open University
Student Budget Account
(OUSBA) – see below for
more information.
GET SPONSORED
See whether your company or
organisation would want to help
you learn and develop, it’s
always worth asking.
MORE ONLINE
To find out more about
paying for your studies, go
to openuniversity.co.uk/
pg-fees. Or call an OU adviser
on +44 (0)300 303 5303.
–– be studying your qualification
from the beginning.
–– repayments are based
on what you earn, not
what you owe. You only
start paying it back when
you earn more than the
income threshold
(currently £21,000)
GET STARTED
FOR POSTGRADUATE
OPEN UNIVERSITY STUDENT BUDGET
ACCOUNTS LTD (OUSBA)
When you enrol with us, you’ll
be offered the opportunity to
pay your fees through a loan
from OUSBA. OUSBA will
pay your fees to The Open
University, and you repay
OUSBA either in a single sum
or in monthly instalments.
You can repay OUSBA at any
time before the course begins.
In this case, there’s no interest.
Alternatively, you can repay
OUSBA in monthly instalments
payable over up to a year.
In this case, interest does
apply. The interest rate is
fixed for the duration of the
course (current representative
APR of 5.1%).
As a responsible lender every
application made to OUSBA
undergoes a credit and
affordability check.
Find out more about OUSBA
at openuniversity.co.uk/ousba.
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WELCOME TO SCIENCE
SOAR WITH STEM SUBJECTS
The Open University is the world's largest provider of part-time distance
learning courses, and science ranks among our most popular subjects.
To potential students, we offer flexibility, a reputation for excellence in both
teaching and research, and a commitment to providing you with the best
education in contemporary science.
WHY STUDY WITH US?
POSTGRADUATE
BEYOND GRADUATION
Our Schools of Physical
Sciences; of Life, Health and
Chemical Sciences; and of
Environment, Earth and
Ecosystems Sciences aspire to
be a world leaders in innovative
and high-impact STEM teaching
and research, equipping you
with the knowledge and skills to
make a difference in your career
and to society at large.
Our taught postgraduate
qualifications include the MSc in
Earth Science, the MSc in
Science, and the MSc and
Postgraduate Diploma in Mental
Health Science.
According to the Times Higher
Education’s annual survey 2016,
graduates of The Open
University are among the most
employable in the UK.
The STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics)
Faculty teaches more than 180
modules across the
undergraduate and
postgraduate curriculum,
educating more than 20,000
students, which is 29% of the
University’s student body. The
Faculty generates more
research income (circa £20
million) than any other faculty in
the University.
Our teaching and research
addresses real-world issues including the UK’s STEM skill
shortage. We seek to provide
STEM higher education at a
scale and reach unsurpassed in
the UK, with a sizeable
international reach.
UNDERGRADUATE
Our undergraduate subject
areas comprise astronomy and
planetary science, biology,
chemistry, Earth sciences,
environmental science, health
sciences, natural sciences
and physics.
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Two of our postgraduate
programmes are new for 2017:
Space Science and Technology
(which is directly relevant to
scientific and technical careers
in the space sector) and Mental
Health Science (relevant to
research and employment in the
fields of medical and
psychological sciences).
PROFESSIONAL
ACCREDITATION
A number of our qualifications
meet accreditation
requirements. For example,
undergraduate degrees that
follow the Physics route to the
BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences are
accredited by the Institute of
Physics (provided that your
choice of modules meets their
requirements).
See the individual course pages
on our website for further
details about accreditation.
Of the science graduates who
responded to the latest
Destinations of Leavers from
Higher Education survey, within
six months of graduating 71% of
life sciences and 68% of
geosciences graduates were in
work; and 10% of life sciences
and 19% of geosciences
graduates were undertaking
further study.
As well as the specific
knowledge gained from
studying for your degree, you'll
develop many transferable and
work-related skills that are
highly valued by employers and
which are likely to increase your
employability.
We expect our science
graduates to be in demand:
according to a 2013 report by
the Science Council, there are
currently 5.8 million people
in the UK working in sciencebased roles with a projected
figure rising to 7.1 million
by 2030.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
Nikola Rogic,
BSc (Hons) Geosciences,
PhD (in progress)
MORE ONLINE
Learn more about
our science
qualifications, and register
for your chosen course, at
openuniversity.co.uk/courses
WELCOME
For me, studying with The Open
University has meant that I can have
a total change in career to a field
that I’ve wanted to be in since I was a
child. I don’t feel I am going to work,
but I am doing what I love the most.
Priceless.
OPENSCIENCE LAB
Our science students use the award-winning OpenScience
Laboratory. This multimillion-pound initiative enables students
to carry out real science experiments online. To find out more
about the Lab, visit openuniversity.co.uk/openscience-lab
COMMITTED TO EQUALITY IN SCIENCE
The School of Life, Health and
Chemical Sciences has
received an Athena SWAN
Bronze award from the
Equality Challenge Unit in
recognition of their
commitment to improving the
opportunities and experiences
of female students and staff.
The School of Physical
Sciences has received both
the Athena SWAN Silver
departmental award and the
Institute of Physics “Juno
Champion” award to
acknowledge the School’s
commitment to addressing
the under-representation of
women in physical sciences,
and to encourage better
practice for both women
and men.
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WORLD-LEADING
RESEARCH – SHAPING
OUR CURRICULUM
From predicting volcanic eruptions to understanding the
communication between individual human cells, we use science to make
the world a better place. Our modules are informed by world-class
research collaborating and competing with other universities.
GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE
WATCH THIS SPACE
OU biomedical research is
bringing together leading
academics – including
neuroscientists, molecular
biologists, and geneticists – to
develop new diagnostic tools,
new ways of delivering drugs,
and increasing our knowledge
of how the human body works.
As one of Europe’s leading
space, planetary, and astronomy
research centres, our research
helps unravel the mysteries of
dark matter and the origins of
life itself.
Our environmental science
research is combating the
worldwide crisis of species
extinction by learning how to
manage diverse ecosystems.
We’re also comparing today’s
climate to how it was millions of
years ago to understand how
it’s changing and help predict
what will happen in the future.
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We’re working with the UK’s
burgeoning space industry and
with the European Space
Agency to develop new
instrumentation to look at the
skies and down at the Earth.
Our scientists are involved in
developing a new system which
will provide real-time monitoring
of volcanoes from space. Learn
more at openuniversity.co.uk/
volcanoes.
The OU is the home of Ptolemy,
the Rosetta mission’s gas
analysis instrument which
carried out experiments on the
surface of a comet in 2014.
Watch the OU’s Rosetta team
answer the most-asked
questions about the mission
at openuniversity.co.uk/
rosetta-team.
Over
75%
of our science,
technology, engineering
and mathematics
research is world-leading
or internationally
excellent (Research
Excellence Framework
2014)
FIND OUT MORE
Meet some of our academics,
hear about their research and
how it relates to our modules at
openuniversity.co.uk
/ouresearch
FIND AN
UNDERGRADUATE
COURSE
NATURAL SCIENCES
You can register for the
2017/18 academic year
for undergraduate
qualifications from
9 March 2017.
We’ve based the
qualification start dates
on the first applicable
module(s) you can
study as part of your
qualification.
Modules featured in this
prospectus are those that are
currently available for study.
But please bear in mind that
the exact selection may
change over time.
20 BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Q64)
26 Diploma of Higher Education in
Natural Sciences (W37)
28 Certificate of Higher Education in
Natural Sciences (T11)
30 BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics
(Q77)
33 Certificate in Astronomy and
Planetary Science (S10)
34 Certificate in Physics (S20)
HEALTH SCIENCES
35 BSc (Hons) Health Sciences (Q71)
38 Diploma of Higher Education in
Health Sciences (W44)
38 Certificate of Higher Education in
Health Sciences (T18)
38 Certificate in Health Sciences (S19)
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
39 B
Sc (Hons) Environmental Science
(Q52)
42 Diploma of Higher Education in
Environmental Science (W47)
42 C
ertificate of Higher Education in
Environment (T16)
43 BSc (Hons) Geography and
Environmental Science (R16)
OPEN QUALIFICATIONS
46 BA or BSc (Hons) Open degree (QD)
47 D
iploma of Higher Education Open
(W34)
47 Certificate of Higher Education
Open (T09)
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NATURAL SCIENCES
BSc (HONS) NATURAL
SCIENCES
We live in a society that
depends on science, but
how many of us really
understand the science
behind the important
issues that feature in the
news?
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ARE YOU READY
FOR SCIENCE?
All students can benefit
from completing the
diagnostic quizzes at
openuniversity.co.uk/
ready-science.
These quizzes will help you
decide whether you are
ready to tackle a science
degree with the OU and will
give you advice on any
preparatory work you might
need to do.
Whether you’re keen to study a
specific area of science, or
you’re not yet sure where your
interests lie, this degree is for
you. It starts with a wide-ranging
introduction to highly topical
areas of modern science, giving
you a good grounding in each.
You can then continue with a
broad-based approach, or
concentrate your studies in a
particular area .
Flexible, accessible study
arrangements mean you can do
all the practical work online in
your own home – taking part in
laboratory and fieldwork at
specific locations may be an
option.
CAREER RELEVANCE AND
EMPLOYABILITY
–– Starts with a wide-ranging
introduction to highly-topical
areas of modern science,
giving you a good grounding
in each.
Science graduates – particularly
those with good communication
and interpersonal skills, together
with some workplace experience
– are in demand in the jobs
market. The logical, reasoned
approach needed for science
study is relevant to a wide range
of contexts, including business,
finance and the public sector. By
the end of your studies, you’ll be
an adaptable graduate with a
range of valuable transferable
skills – such as analytical,
numerical and communication
skills, teamworking, problemsolving and proficiency in IT.
You’ll also have a good
understanding of where your
strengths and interests lie, and
be well prepared for your next
step – whether it’s further study
or employment.
–– Carry on with a broad-based
approach, or focus on a
particular specialist area
choosing from astronomy and
planetary science, biology,
chemistry, Earth sciences,
environmental science or
physics.
–– Opt for hands-on laboratory
and field work, or take part
online from home.
–– Build valuable transferable
skills such as analytical,
numerical and communication
skills, team working, problem
solving and IT.
ACCREDITATION
The physics route of this degree
has been accredited by the
Institute of Physics provided that
your choice of modules meets
their requirements.
AT A GLANCE
COURSE CODE
Q64
TOTAL CREDITS
360
START DATE
OCT 2017
(Registration closes 14 Sep 2017)
FEB 2018
(Registration closes 11 Jan 2018)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
No specific requirements
ASSESSMENT
Based on a mixture of:
–– Tutor-marked assignments
–– Interactive computer-marked
assignments
–– End-of-module assessments
–– Examinations
STUDY DURATION
Part time: 6 years:
18 study hours a week/60 credits
a year
Full time: 3–4 years:
36 study hours a week/120 credits
a year
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
WHY CHOOSE THIS
QUALIFICATION?
Time limit: 16 years
MODE OF STUDY
The learning materials provided are:
mostly online with some print
Electronic versions of printed
materials available (e.g. PDF)
Disc-based media (e.g. DVD)
Online forum – Compulsory
Collaborative work – Compulsory
FEES
For information on fees and
how to pay, see page 14
Qualification delivery is subject to change.
Continued on page 22.
I’m now doing things I didn’t
know existed when I first
started my studies. It was
a bit daunting at times, but
so worth it. Just take a deep
breath and go for it.”
Dr Mandy Bailey,
Royal Astronomical Society,
studied BSc Natural Sciences
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COURSE DETAILS
STAGE 1
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
This degree starts with a
wide-ranging and absorbing
introductory science module,
Questions in science (S111),
which encompasses astronomy
and planetary science, biology,
chemistry, Earth sciences,
environmental science and
physics. A series of questions,
starting with ‘Can you make a
hole in water?’ and ‘How do you
know what is alive?’ teaches
scientific thinking. You will
undertake a significant number
of practical experiments, both
‘hands-on’ in your own home
and online. This module will
develop your generic study
skills and maths skills alongside
key concepts in science.
For the remainder of this stage
you’ll study Science: concepts
and practice (S112), in which
you’ll be exploring a different
topic each week that examines
key concepts within
environmental science, Earth
sciences, biology, chemistry,
and physics. Practical work is a
key component of S112, and
you’ll engage in activities that
address two differing
approaches: observation and
controlling variables.
Alternatively, if you choose to
follow the astronomy and
planetary science or physics
route through the degree, you
will study Essential mathematics 1
(MST124), followed by Physics
and space (SM123) or one from
a choice of three modules
covering further mathematics,
statistics or computing and
information technology.
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STAGE 2 AND 3
120 CREDITS REQUIRED FOR
EACH STAGE
At Stages 2 and 3, you can
continue with a broad study of
science, starting with Science
and society (S201), or you can
choose to specialise in
astronomy and planetary
science, biology, chemistry,
Earth sciences, environmental
science or physics.
The name of your degree will
reflect your chosen route.
For example:
–– broad route – BSc (Hons)
Natural Sciences
–– with a chemistry specialism –
BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences
(Chemistry).
––
BSc (HONS) NATURAL
SCIENCES
STAGE 2
This option allows you to
choose modules from across
the science curriculum,
including Science and society
(S201).
STAGE 3
You can continue to combine
modules from across the
science curriculum, but most
students narrow their focus at
this point, based on their
choices at Stage 2. You’ll
complete your degree with a
project module based on your
previous study in this stage.
BSc (HONS) NATURAL
SCIENCES (ASTRONOMY
AND PLANETARY
SCIENCE)
STAGE 2
Investigate Earth’s place in the
Universe, the stars and their life
cycles, galaxies and quasars,
planetary processes, the origin
of the Universe, and evidence
for extra-terrestrial life; then
study mathematics and
practical science, focusing on
physics and astronomy.
STAGE 3
Explore the astrophysics of
stars and exoplanets – planets
beyond our Solar System – and
develop your understanding of
the relativistic Universe. Then
choose from modules in
electromagnetism, applied
mathematics or quantum
physics, completing your
degree with a project on
radiation and matter.
BSc (HONS) NATURAL
SCIENCES (BIOLOGY)
STAGE 2
Explore diverse aspects of
biology from cells to whole
organism biology to survival,
covering adaptation and natural
selection. Then choose from a
broad range of science modules,
including human biology or
more practical science.
STAGE 3
BSc (HONS) NATURAL
SCIENCES (CHEMISTRY)
STAGE 2
Study essential concepts in
chemistry, and then choose
from other options in science or
mathematical methods.
STAGE 3
Explore chemistry in the context
of both the natural and the
‘synthetic’ world, from its role
in the environment, to that in
living things. You’ll examine the
subtle interplay between
molecular structure, chemical
reactivity and their practical
consequences. Then choose
from a range of science
modules, finishing with a project
module where you will research
and review a topic in chemistry.
STAGE 2
Learn about Earth’s structure,
why volcanoes and earthquakes
occur, how plate tectonics have
shaped Earth, and the structure
and geological history of rocks
and minerals, and then choose
from other options in science
and mathematical methods.
STAGE 3
Explore societally relevant
topics in Earth science and key
events in the history of Earth.
Then study either the interactions
between organisms and their
environment that form an
ecosystem or a wide-ranging
module examining contemporary
areas of science. You’ll finish
with a project investigating a
topic in geosciences such as
geohazards or past
environmental change.
BSc (HONS) NATURAL
SCIENCES
(ENVIRONMENTAL
SCIENCE)
STAGE 2
Take a holistic approach to the
science of our environment –
earth, air, water and life –
investigating topics such as
global warming, water
resources, pollution and
conservation, and then choose
from other options in science
and mathematical methods.
STAGE 3
Explore the consequences and
implications of environmental
change for sustainability before
studying either the interactions
between organisms and their
environment that form an
ecosystem or examining
contemporary areas of science,
and finishing with a practical
investigation of a topic in
environmental science.
BSc (HONS) NATURAL
SCIENCES (PHYSICS)
STAGE 2
Learning physics will change the
way you think about the world,
and how discoveries being
made now will change your life.
Find out about energy, the
behaviour of light, radioactive
decay and universal processes
– then study mathematics and
practical science, focusing on
physics and astronomy.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
Explore in more depth a range
of advanced topics in biological
science from evolution to cell
and molecular biology, further
developing your key research
skills. Then choose between
studying ecosystems, the
evaluation of contemporary
areas of science, science of the
senses or infectious disease
and public health, and
complete your degree with a
project module.
BSc (HONS) NATURAL
SCIENCES (EARTH
SCIENCES)
STAGE 3
Study core modules in
electromagnetism and quantum
physics, and how mathematics
is used to state and apply the
fundamental laws of modern
physics. Then broaden out to
study subjects like astrophysics
or cosmology, or choose
advanced mathematics modules
before finishing with a project
investigating a topic such as
quantum entanglement,
gravitational lensing or
physics education.
Continued on page 24.
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BSc (HONS) NATURAL SCIENCES (Q64)
STAGE 1 (120 CREDITS)
NATURAL SCIENCES
NATURAL SCIENCES
WITH ASTRONOMY AND
PLANETARY SCIENCE
NATURAL SCIENCES
WITH BIOLOGY
NATURAL SCIENCES
WITH CHEMISTRY
Questions in science
Questions in science
Questions in science
Questions in science
Science: concepts and
practice
Science: concepts and
practice
(S111) (60 credits)
(S111) (60 credits)
(S111) (60 credits)
(S111) (60 credits)
Essential mathematics 1
(MST124) (30 credits)
Science: concepts and
practice
(S112) (60 credits)
You will now choose 30
credits from a selection
of modules
(S112) (60 credits)
(S112) (60 credits)
Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences (T11)
STAGE 2 (120 CREDITS)
Astronomy
The biology of survival
Planetary science
and the search for life
Cell biology
Chemistry:
essential concepts
You will now choose 60
credits from a selection
of modules
You will now choose 60
credits from a selection
of modules
The relativistic Universe
Biological science: from
genes to species
Chemistry:
further concepts
and applications
You will now choose 120
credits from a selection
of modules including
Science in society project
You will now choose 30
credits from a selection
of modules
You will now choose 30
credits from a selection
of modules
You will now choose 30
credits from a selection
of modules
Science project course:
radiation and matter
Researching biology
and health science
Science project course:
frontiers in chemistry
BSc (HONS)
NATURAL SCIENCES
BSc (HONS)
NATURAL SCIENCES
(ASTRONOMY AND
PLANETARY SCIENCE)
BSc (HONS)
NATURAL SCIENCES
(BIOLOGY)
BSc (HONS)
NATURAL SCIENCES
(CHEMISTRY)
(S282) (30 credits)
(S283) (30 credits)
You will now choose
120 credits from a
selection of modules
including
Science and society
(S201) (60 credits)
(S295) (30 credits)
(S294) (30 credits)
(S215) (60 credits)
Mathematical methods
(MST224) (30 credits)
Practical science:
physics and astronomy
(SXPA288) (30 credits)
Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences (W37)
Astrophysics
(S382) (30 credits)
STAGE 3 (120 CREDITS)
(S383) (30 credits)
(SXN390) (30 credits)
(SXP390) (30 credits)
(S317) (60 credits)
(SXL390) (30 credits)
(S315) (60 credits)
(SXM390) (30 credits)
MORE ONLINE For more information and to register go to: openuniversity.co.uk/q64
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Module availability and qualification structure is subject to change.
Subject/specialism choice
Option modules
Compulsory modules
Intermediate qualifications
Awarded qualifications
NATURAL SCIENCES
WITH EARTH SCIENCES
NATURAL SCIENCES
WITH ENVIRONMENTAL
SCIENCE
NATURAL SCIENCES
WITH PHYSICS
Questions in science
Questions in science
Questions in science
(S111) (60 credits)
(S111) (60 credits)
(S111) (60 credits)
Essential mathematics 1
Science: concepts and
practice
Science: concepts and
practice
(S112) (60 credits)
You will now choose 30
credits from a selection
of modules
Earth science
Environmental science
Physics: from
classical to quantum
(S112) (60 credits)
(S209) (60 credits)
(S206) (60 credits)
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
(MST124) (30 credits)
(S217) (60 credits)
Mathematical methods
(MST224) (30 credits)
You will now choose 60
credits from a selection
of modules
You will now choose 60
credits from a selection
of modules
Practical science:
physics and astronomy
(SXPA288) (30 credits)
Electromagnetism
(SMT359) (30 credits)
Earth processes
Environment:
responding to change
The quantum world
You will now choose 30
credits from a selection
of modules
You will now choose 30
credits from a selection
of modules
You will now choose 30
credits from a selection
of modules
Science project course:
geosciences
Environmental science
practical project
Science project course:
radiation and matter
(SXE390) (30 credits)
(SXP390) (30 credits)
BSc (HONS)
NATURAL SCIENCES
(EARTH SCIENCES)
BSc (HONS)
NATURAL SCIENCES
(ENVIRONMENTAL
SCIENCE)
BSc (HONS)
NATURAL SCIENCES
(PHYSICS)
(S309) (60 credits)
(SXG390) (30 credits)
(SDT306) (60 credits)
(SM358) (30 credits)
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DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
EDUCATION IN
NATURAL SCIENCES
If you’re curious about
the world we live in and
enjoy delving into a wide
range of scientific topics,
this diploma is for you.
WHY CHOOSE THIS
QUALIFICATION?
You’ll explore aspects of
biology, chemistry, Earth
sciences, environmental
science, physics, and astronomy
and planetary science –
developing critical thinking,
data analysis and problem
solving skills. Flexible,
accessible study arrangements
mean you can do all the
practical work online in your
own home – taking part in
laboratory and field work at
specific locations may be an
option. The diploma is a
valuable qualification in its own
right. It’s also equivalent to the
first two-thirds of a degree
course, which means you can
top up to the BSc (Hons)
Natural Sciences in
as little as two years’
part time study.
–– Develops logical and critical
thinking skills that are highly
prized in the workplace.
–– Choice of routes.
–– Includes practical activities
you can do near where you
live, or online in your own
home.
–– Builds a solid foundation for
further study.
CAREER RELEVANCE AND
EMPLOYABILITY
Employers in all fields value
anyone who can manage large
amounts of complex information
and turn it to good use – and the
logical, reasoned approach
needed for science study is
particularly in demand. The
ability to select and analyse data
and to present conclusions
concisely and logically is central
to most lines of work, as is the
ability to communicate clearly
orally and in writing. This
diploma also develops analytical,
numerical, IT and communication
skills; teamwork; problem-solving;
critical thinking and independent
research skills, and the ability to
take the initiative – all valuable
assets in today’s competitive
environment.
AT A GLANCE
COURSE CODE
W37
TOTAL CREDITS
240
START DATE
OCT 2017
(Registration closes 14 Sep 2017)
FEB 2018
(Registration closes 11 Jan 2018)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
No specific requirements
ASSESSMENT
Based on a mixture of:
–– Tutor-marked assignments
–– Interactive computer-marked
assignments
–– End-of-module assessments
–– Examinations
STUDY DURATION
Part time: 4 years:
18 study hours a week/60 credits
a year
Full time: 2 years:
36 study hours a week/120 credits
a year
Time limit: 12 years
MODE OF STUDY
The learning materials provided are:
mostly online with some print
Electronic versions of printed
materials available (e.g. PDF)
Disc-based media (e.g. DVD)
Online forum – Compulsory
Collaborative work – Compulsory
FEES
For information on fees and
how to pay, see page 14
Qualification delivery is subject to change.
MEET THE EXPERTS
Dr Nick Turner is an analytical chemist
and was the academic consultant to the
BBC’s Colour: The Spectrum of Science.
“Working with the BBC allows me to
bring my passion for science right into
millions of people’s homes. Programmes
like these present interdisciplinary
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science, which is the same approach
we use for our Natural Sciences degree.
Understanding, for example, the physics
or chemistry of a topic, can help you
appreciate the biology in a whole
new way.”
COURSE DETAILS
STAGE 1
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
This diploma starts with a
wide-ranging introduction to
highly topical areas of modern
science, giving you a good
grounding in each. You can
then continue with a broadbased approach or focus on
physical science.
To complete Stage 1, you can
continue with a broad study of
science by taking Science:
concepts and practice (S112), in
which you'll be exploring a
different topic each week that
examines key concepts within
science, or if you choose the
physical science route through
the diploma, by studying
Essential mathematics 1
(MST124), followed by Physics
and space (SM123) or one from
a choice of three modules
covering further mathematics,
statistics or computing and
information technology.
At Stage 2, you’ll continue with
your chosen route.
BROAD NATURAL SCIENCES,
BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, EARTH
SCIENCES, ENVIRONMENTAL
SCIENCE
You’ll begin Stage 2 with one of
the following options:
–– The biology of survival (S295)
with Cell biology (S294) - the
biology and diversity of whole
organisms, from an
evolutionary perspective.
Various plants, animals and
fungi are used to illustrate
how adaptation in the
physiology and behaviour of
organisms contributes to
survival. Cells show huge
diversity: you’ll study the
structure and function of
simple microbes to the more
complex cells of plants and
animals, and investigate the
importance of cell biology in
human health and in
technology.
–– Chemistry: essential concepts
(S215) – a broad foundation
in chemistry.
–– Earth science (S209) – Earth
and how it works, including
rocks, fossils, volcanoes and
Earth’s changing surface
environments.
–– Environmental science (S206)
– explore a variety of
environments across the
globe and the key principles
of environmental
management.
PHYSICS, OR ASTRONOMY
AND PLANETARY SCIENCE
You’ll start by choosing one of:
–– Physics: from classical to
quantum (S217) – classical
mechanics; electric and
gravitational fields and
potentials; electromagnetism
and relativity; waves and
optics; thermal and statistical
physics; quantum physics and
an introduction to its
applications to solids, atoms
and nuclei.
–– Astronomy (S282) with
Planetary science and the
search for life (S283) – the
Sun, stars and their life cycles;
galaxies and quasars; the
origin and evolution of the
Universe; space exploration of
the Solar System; the
structure of planets; planetary
processes; the possibility of
intelligent life elsewhere in
the Universe.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
Your first module, Questions in
science (S111), encompasses
astronomy and planetary
science, biology, chemistry,
Earth and environmental
science, and physics. A series of
questions, starting with ‘Can
you make a hole in water?' and
‘How do you know what is
alive?’ teaches scientific
thinking. You will undertake a
significant number of practical
experiments, both ‘hands-on’ in
your own home and online. This
module will develop your
generic study skills and maths
skills alongside key concepts
in science.
STAGE 2
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
Finally, you’ll develop your
mathematics and practical
science skills with Mathematical
methods (MST224) and
Practical science: physics and
astronomy (SXPA288).
MORE ONLINE
For more information
and to register go to:
openuniversity.co.uk/w37
You can study a second module
from the above list to complete
Stage 2, Science and society
(S201), or choose from a wide
range of additional options,
including mathematics and
practical science.
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CERTIFICATE OF
HIGHER EDUCATION
IN NATURAL
SCIENCES
Are you fascinated by
life’s big questions?
Are you thinking
about studying for a
degree? The Certificate
of Higher Education
in Natural Sciences
is the ideal way to
start. It offers a broad
introduction to a
wide range of science
subjects and is the first
step on the way to an
honours degree.
You’ll explore biology,
chemistry, Earth sciences,
environmental science, physics,
and astronomy and planetary
science. In addition to enriching
your appreciation of life, this
certificate will develop the core
subject knowledge and study
skills needed for further study
– and by the end of the course
you’ll have completed the first
third of an honours degree in
natural sciences.
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WHY CHOOSE THIS
QUALIFICATION?
–– Develops skills of reason and
logic that are highly prized in
the workplace.
–– Includes practical activities
that you can do near where
you live, or online in your own
home.
–– Builds a solid foundation for
further study.
CAREER RELEVANCE AND
EMPLOYABILITY
This certificate develops
valuable transferable skills
which are much in demand in
the labour market, such as
analytical, numerical, IT and
communication skills, teamwork,
and problem solving. The
logical, reasoned approach
needed for science study is
relevant to many roles, including
in the financial, business and
public sectors. Employers in all
fields put a high value on the
ability to select and analyse
relevant data and present
conclusions concisely and
logically, particularly if you also
have good written and oral
communication skills. You’ll also
develop critical thinking and
independent research skills, and
the ability to take the initiative
– all valuable assets in today’s
competitive environment.
AT A GLANCE
COURSE CODE
T11
TOTAL CREDITS
120
START DATE
OCT 2017
(Registration closes 14 Sep 2017)
FEB 2018
(Registration closes 11 Jan 2018)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
No specific requirements
ASSESSMENT
Based on a mixture of:
–– Tutor-marked assignments
–– Interactive computer-marked
assignments
–– End-of-module assessments
–– Examinations
STUDY DURATION
Part time: 2 years:
18 study hours a week/60 credits
a year
Full time: 1 year:
36 study hours a week/120 credits
a year
Time limit: 7 years
MODE OF STUDY
The learning materials provided are:
completely online
Disc-based media (e.g. DVD)
Online forum – Compulsory
Collaborative work – Compulsory
FEES
For information on fees and
how to pay, see page 14
Qualification delivery is subject to change.
MORE ONLINE
For more information
and to register go to:
openuniversity.co.uk/t11
COURSE DETAILS
STAGE 1
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
You’ll start with a wide-ranging
and absorbing introduction to
the study of science. Questions
in science (S111) encompasses
astronomy and planetary
science, biology, chemistry,
Earth and environmental
science, and physics.
For your remaining 60 credits,
you will study Science: concepts
and practice (S112), in which
you’ll be exploring a different
topic each week that examines
key concepts within
environmental science, Earth
sciences, biology, chemistry,
and physics. Practical work is a
key component of S112, and
you’ll engage in activities that
address two differing
approaches: observation and
controlling variables.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
A series of questions, starting
with ‘Can you make a hole in
water?’ and ‘How do you know
what is alive?’ teaches scientific
thinking. You will undertake a
significant number of practical
experiments, both ‘hands-on’ in
your own home and online. This
module will develop your
generic study skills and maths
skills alongside key concepts in
science.
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BSc (HONS)
MATHEMATICS
AND PHYSICS
Studying mathematics
and physics to degree
level will change the
way you think about
the world. Discoveries
being made now in
mathematics and
physics have the
potential to transform
our lives – this course
enables you to take
part in the intellectual
adventure.
You’ll develop knowledge and
understanding of key physical
concepts and their underpinning
mathematical theory, learn how
to use essential methods and
relevant software, and acquire
skills in communicating
arguments and conclusions
clearly and concisely.
In this course you’ll explore the
concepts of modern physics,
including Newtonian mechanics,
special relativity,
electromagnetism and quantum
mechanics. You’ll also have the
opportunity to get plenty of
practice with the tools of applied
mathematics, including
mathematical methods,
mathematical modelling and
numerical analysis. As this
qualification includes a
substantial amount of
mathematics, you are strongly
advised to visit our maths
choices website at
openuniversity.co.uk/
mathschoices for guidance on
how to revise and refresh your
mathematical knowledge.
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WHY CHOOSE THIS
QUALIFICATION?
–– Explores the concepts of
modern physics, including
Newtonian mechanics, special
relativity, electromagnetism
and quantum mechanics.
–– Builds expertise in the tools of
applied mathematics,
including mathematical
methods, mathematical
modelling, numerical analysis
and relevant software.
–– Develops problem-solving
skills and critical thinking,
which are highly sought after
in the labour market.
CAREER RELEVANCE AND
EMPLOYABILITY
Graduates of this degree are
well placed to enter both
scientific and non-scientific jobs.
The logical, reasoned approach
needed for science study is
relevant to a wide range of
financial, business and public
sector employment, so science
graduates – particularly those
who have good communication
and interpersonal skills – are in
demand. Graduates of this joint
honours degree will also be able
to demonstrate that they are
multi-skilled and adaptable, with
the capability to work
effectively in a multidisciplinary
environment.
The degree will help you
develop a variety of transferable
skills that are highly valued in
the labour market, such as
analytical, numerical and
communication skills, teamwork,
problem solving and proficiency
in using computers.
AT A GLANCE
COURSE CODE
Q77
TOTAL CREDITS
360
START DATE
OCT 2017
(Registration closes 14 Sep 2017)
FEB 2018
(Registration closes 11 Jan 2018)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
No specific requirements, but
it is essential to ensure your
mathematical level is appropriate
before you register
ASSESSMENT
Based on a mixture of:
–– Tutor-marked assignments
–– Interactive computer-marked
assignments
–– End-of-module assessments
–– Examinations
STUDY DURATION
Part time: 6 years:
18 study hours a week/60 credits
a year
Full time: 3 years:
36 study hours a week/120 credits
a year (however, we recommend
studying Stage 1 over 2 years)
Time limit: 16 years
MODE OF STUDY
The learning materials provided are:
a balance of print and online
Electronic versions of printed
materials available (e.g. PDF)
Disc-based media (e.g. DVD)
Online forum – Optional
Collaborative work – Compulsory
FEES
For information on fees and
how to pay, see page 14
Qualification delivery is subject to change.
ACCREDITATION
This qualification can help you
gain membership of the Institute
of Mathematics and its
Applications (IMA) and
associate membership of the
Institute of Physics (IOP).
COURSE DETAILS
STAGE 1
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
Stage 1 lays the foundation for
the specialist studies in physics
and applied mathematics that
you’ll begin at Stage 2.
Essential mathematics 1
(MST124) covers the
fundamentals of pure and
applied mathematics including
calculus, vectors, matrices,
sequences and functions.
Essential mathematics 2
(MST125) introduces topics
essential for successful study
of higher-level mathematics,
such as geometric
transformations, eigenvalues,
mechanics and proof.
This stage builds on the broad
introduction to science and
mathematics you met at Stage 1.
It begins focusing on core topics
in physics (classical mechanics;
electrical and gravitational fields
and potentials; electromagnetism
and relativity; waves and optics;
thermal and statistical physics;
quantum physics (with some
applications to solids, atoms
and nuclei) and applied
mathematics (advanced
calculus, linear algebra,
numerical methods, and
mathematical modelling)).
STAGE 3
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
At Stage 3 you will start with
your first choice from the
physics options and progress
through the stage alternating
between your choice of physics
and mathematics modules.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
You’ll start with a wide-ranging
and absorbing introductory
science module, Questions in
science (S111), which
encompasses astronomy and
planetary science, biology,
chemistry, Earth and
environmental science,
and physics.
STAGE 2
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
Continued on page 32.
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BSc (HONS) MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS (Q77)
Compulsory modules
STAGE 1 (120 CREDITS)
Option modules
Questions in science
Awarded qualification
(S111) (60 credits)
Essential mathematics 1
(MST124) (30 credits)
Essential mathematics 2
(MST125) (30 credits)
STAGE 2 (120 CREDITS)
Physics: from classical to quantum
(S217) (60 credits)
Mathematical methods, models and modelling
(MST210) (60 credits)
STAGE 3 (120 CREDITS)
You will choose 60 credits from a selection of physics modules,
go to openuniversity.co.uk/q77
You will choose 60 credits from a selection of mathematics modules,
go to openuniversity.co.uk/q77
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MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS
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For more information
and to register go to:
openuniversity.co.uk/q77
Module availability and qualification
structure is subject to change.
CERTIFICATE IN
ASTRONOMY AND
PLANETARY SCIENCE
You’ll investigate the stars and
their life cycles, galaxies and
quasars, and the origin and
evolution of the Universe –
including how it might continue
to evolve in the future. You’ll
also study the exploration of the
Solar System by spacecraft;
planetary processes such as
volcanism and impacts; the
structure of planets and their
atmospheres; and asteroids,
comets and meteorites.
WHY CHOOSE THIS
QUALIFICATION?
–– Endorsed by The Royal
Astronomical Society.
–– Develops skills of reason and
logic that are highly prized in
the workplace.
–– Builds a solid foundation for
further study.
CAREER RELEVANCE AND
EMPLOYABILITY
This certificate develops valuable
transferable skills which are much
in demand in the labour market,
such as analytical, numerical, IT
and communication skills, and
problem solving.
The logical, reasoned approach
needed for science study is
relevant to many roles, including
in the financial, business and
public sectors. Employers in all
fields put a high value on the
ability to select and analyse
relevant data and present
conclusions concisely and
logically, particularly if you also
have good written and oral
communication skills. You’ll also
develop critical thinking and
independent research skills, and
the ability to take the initiative
– all valuable assets in today’s
competitive environment.
COURSE DETAILS
STAGE 1
60 CREDITS REQUIRED
In this certificate you will study
two modules.
Astronomy (S282) introduces
the structure, origin and
evolution of stars, galaxies and
the Universe – asking questions
such as ’How are stars born?’
and ‘What happens when they
die?’, ‘How do galaxies form?’
and ‘How do we know that the
Universe began with a ‘Big
Bang’?’. Starting with our own
star – the Sun – you’ll begin to
explore some of the answers,
while making your own
observations of the sky.
Planetary science and the search
for life (S283) tackles
fundamental questions about
our Solar System and its
formation, including how and
why life began on Earth, and
how planetary processes have
shaped the surfaces of Solar
System bodies – from
meteorites to gas giants. You’ll
also be introduced to
astrobiology and the search
for intelligent life elsewhere in
the Universe.
COURSE CODE
S10
TOTAL CREDITS
60
START DATE
OCT 2017
(Registration closes 14 Sep 2017)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
No specific requirements
ASSESSMENT
Based on a mixture of:
–– Tutor-marked assignments
–– Examinations
STUDY DURATION
Part time:
1 year:
18 study hours a week/60 credits
a year
2 years:
9 study hours a week/30 credits
a year
Full time: Not available
Time limit: 4 years
MODE OF STUDY
The learning materials provided are:
a balance of print and online
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
Are you fascinated
by the night sky
and the mysteries of
the Universe? This
certificate will provide
you with a good
basic introduction
to astronomy and
planetary science, and
equip you with the skills
for further study.
AT A GLANCE
Electronic versions of printed
materials available (e.g. PDF)
Disc-based media (e.g. DVD)
Online forum – Optional
Collaborative work
FEES
For information on fees and
how to pay, see page 14
Qualification delivery is subject to change.
MORE ONLINE
For more information
and to register go to
openuniversity.co.uk/s10
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CERTIFICATE IN
PHYSICS
Physics is perhaps the
most exciting intellectual
adventure of our age –
discoveries being made
now will change your
life, and learning physics
will change the way you
think about the world.
The Certificate in Physics offers
a good basic foundation from
which you can progress to a
diploma or an honours degree.
It provides a wide-ranging
introduction to physics and its
applications, covering classical
mechanics, thermal physics,
fields, waves, relativity, and
quantum physics of solids, atoms
and nuclei – setting many of
them in their historical context.
This certificate also gives you a
fascinating introduction to
experimental physics.
The logical, reasoned approach
needed for science study is
relevant to a wide range of
financial, business and public
sector employment.
In addition to improving your
career prospects, studying with
the OU is an enriching experience
that broadens your horizons,
develops your knowledge, builds
your confidence and enhances
your life skills.
ACCREDITATION
This certificate is endorsed by
the Institute of Physics.
The Institute regards this
qualification as providing
sufficient content to support
the teaching of secondary
school physics to A-level; and
as providing sufficient content
for those seeking to be physics
specialists on entry to PGCE
studies.
–– Includes hands-on, practical
science activities.
In this certificate you will study
two modules.
–– Develops skills of reasoning
and logic that are highly
prized in the workplace.
Physics: from classical to
quantum (S217) is a highly
accessible module designed to
give you an appreciation of the
wide relevance of physical
principles to the natural and
technological worlds. It explores
the big ideas of physics, setting
them in contemporary and
historical context.
This certificate is particularly
useful if you’re required to teach
secondary school physics but
your background is in another
area of science, or if you’re
thinking about training to be a
physics teacher.
People with science qualifications
are well placed to enter both
scientific and non-scientific jobs.
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COURSE DETAILS
STAGE 1
90 CREDITS REQUIRED
CAREER RELEVANCE AND
EMPLOYABILITY
S20
TOTAL CREDITS
90
START DATE
OCT 2017
(Registration closes 14 Sep 2017)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
No specific requirements
ASSESSMENT
Based on a mixture of:
–– Tutor-marked assignments
–– End-of-module assessments
–– Examinations
STUDY DURATION
Part time: 2 years: (60 credits in
year 1 and 30 credits in year 2)
9 study hours a week/30 credits
a year
18 study hours a week/60 credits
a year
Full time: Not available
Time limit: 4 years
MODE OF STUDY
The learning materials provided are:
completely online
Disc-based media (e.g. DVD)
Collaborative work – Compulsory
–– Provides a good basic
foundation in physics.
–– Builds a solid foundation for
further study.
COURSE CODE
Online forum – Compulsory
WHY CHOOSE THIS
QUALIFICATION?
–– Endorsed by the Institute of
Physics.
AT A GLANCE
You’ll complement this with
Practical science: physics and
astronomy (SXPA288). The
activities in this practical science
course offer a choice of topics
in physics and astronomy as
diverse as the properties of
electrons and the likelihood of
FEES
For information on fees and
how to pay, see page 14
Qualification delivery is subject to change.
life on other planets. Online –
from the comfort of your own
home – you’ll have the
opportunity to use equipment
ranging from a bench-top NMR
spectrometer to an astronomical
telescope. The module ends
with a team project.
MORE ONLINE
For more information
and to register go to
openuniversity.co.uk/s20
If you’re interested in the science behind our health – from what we
can do as individuals to stay healthy, to global health issues such as
epidemics and the spread of disease – this degree is for you.
It’s particularly relevant if you
work in a health-related
profession, or you’re thinking
about doing so. You’ll study the
essential scientific concepts
underpinning the function of the
human mind and body; the
incidence, diagnosis and
treatment of disease and
disability; and the maintenance
and improvement of health in
different populations.
WHY CHOOSE THIS
QUALIFICATION?
–– Explores health and disease
from a multidisciplinary,
evidence-based perspective.
–– Topics include human biology,
long term conditions,
infectious disease, cellular
and molecular biology,
neurobiology, cognitive
psychology, and mental
health.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
HEALTH SCIENCES
BSc (HONS) HEALTH
SCIENCES
–– Develops essential
transferable skills, enhancing
your employability in a wide
variety of healthcare and
other settings.
Continued on page 36.
77%
of our health science related
research has been assessed as
world-leading or internationally
excellent (REF2014). Find out more
at openuniversity.co.uk/healthscience-research
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AT A GLANCE
COURSE CODE
Q71
TOTAL CREDITS
360
START DATE
OCT 2017
(Registration closes 14 Sep 2017)
FEB 2018
(Registration closes 11 Jan 2018)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
No specific requirements
ASSESSMENT
Based on a mixture of:
–– Tutor-marked assignments
–– Interactive computer-marked
assignments
–– End-of-module assessments
–– Examinations
STUDY DURATION
Part time: 6 years:
18 study hours a week/
60 credits a year
CAREER RELEVANCE AND
EMPLOYABILITY
Employers value the logical,
reasoned approach needed for
science study, so science
graduates – particularly those
who have good communication
and interpersonal skills – are in
demand. This degree is relevant
to careers in a wide variety of
healthcare and other settings,
including biomedical research,
diagnostic services, health
promotion, health and safety,
health therapy, and health
services administration and
management.
You’ll develop valuable
transferable skills including
analytical, numerical, IT and
communication skills; teamwork;
and problem-solving. If you’re
aiming for leadership,
managerial or professional roles,
it provides a useful stepping
stone to postgraduate research
training, or vocational
courses such as public health
or medicine.
MEET THE EXPERTS
“To be at the cutting edge of research, to make
fundamental discoveries – that’s hard work. But to
discover something new that’s never been known by
any human before? That’s a thrill. That excites me.”
Dr Martin Bootman, Reader in Biomedicine
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Full time: 3 years:
36 study hours a week/
120 credits a year
Time limit: 16 years
MODE OF STUDY
The learning materials provided are:
a balance of print and online
Electronic versions of printed
materials available (e.g. PDF)
Disc-based media (e.g. DVD)
Online forum – Optional
Collaborative work – Compulsory
FEES
For information on fees and
how to pay, see page 14
Qualification delivery is subject to change.
COURSE DETAILS
STAGE 1
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
Then, in Investigating
psychology 1 (DE100), you’ll
explore how psychologists
investigate the mind and
behaviour, and how
psychological research
addresses real-life issues
using different methods and
study designs.
STAGE 3
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
In Human biology (SK299),
you’ll examine the major human
body systems in health and
disease. You’ll also study The
science of the mind: investigating
mental health (SDK228) and
Cell biology (S294).
At Stage 3 you’ll study Infectious
disease and public health
(SK320), Signals and perception:
the science of the senses
(SD329) (covering hearing, sight,
smell, taste and the somatic
sensory system – which includes
touch and pain) and Evaluating
contemporary science (S350).
Finally, the online module
Practical science: biology and
health (SXHL288) focuses on
practical science skills –
including planning and
conducting observations and
experiments, data handling and
presentation, report writing and
safe working – concluding with
a team project. Themes include
fundamental human and animal
behaviour, physiology and
adaptation, genetic variation
and drug metabolism, and
water quality.
You’ll finish with the project
module Researching biology and
health science (SXL390),
investigating topics such as stem
cells, emerging infectious
disease, autism and ageing, and
the human senses.
Continued on page 38.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
You’ll begin with Science and
health: an evidence-based
approach (SDK100). This
introduces the health sciences
by exploring eight globally
important health topics, ranging
from nutrition and infectious
diseases to pain and breast
cancer screening. You will also
be introduced to the scientific
approach to health whilst
developing your study skills in
maths and writing for science.
STAGE 2
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
RELATED QUALIFICATIONS
DIPLOMA OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN HEALTH SCIENCES
(W44)
CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN HEALTH SCIENCES
(T18)
CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH SCIENCES (S19)
We also offer a diploma of higher education which follows the
same curriculum as Stages 1 and 2 of the BSc (Hons) Health
Sciences (Q71), a certificate of higher education that follows
the same curriculum as Stage 1, and a certificate for the module
Science and health: an evidence-based approach (SDK100).
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BSc (HONS) HEALTH SCIENCES (Q71)
Compulsory modules
STAGE 1 (120 CREDITS)
Science and health: an evidence-based approach
(SDK100) (60 credits)
Intermediate qualifications
Awarded qualification
Investigating psychology 1
(DE100) (60 credits)
Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences (T18)
Human biology
STAGE 2 (120 CREDITS)
(SK299) (30 credits)
Cell biology
(S294) (30 credits)
The science of the mind: investigating mental health
(SDK228) (30 credits)
Practical science: biology and health
(SXHL288) (30 credits)
Diploma of Higher Education in Health Sciences (W44)
Infectious disease and public health
(SK320) (30 credits)
STAGE 3 (120 CREDITS)
Signals and perception: the science of the senses
(SD329) (30 credits)
Evaluating contemporary science
(S350) (30 credits)
Researching biology and health science
(SXL390) (30 credits)
BSc (HONS) HEALTH SCIENCES
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MORE ONLINE
For more information
and to register go to
openuniversity.co.uk/q71
Module availability and qualification
structure is subject to change.
Environmental science
is a vital and vibrant
subject that explores
the complexities of the
natural environment
and our relationship
with it. Our environment
is fascinating, but it’s
under threat from
climate change,
biodiversity loss,
pollution and resource
depletion.
This interdisciplinary degree
combines aspects of biology,
ecology, geography, chemistry,
technology and social science
to help you understand the
whole picture. This degree will
enable you to develop the
scientific and technical
knowledge and skills required to
investigate ecosystems, to
understand fundamental
environmental patterns and
processes, and to address local
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
BSc (HONS)
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
and global environmental issues.
You’ll be studying the problems
we face in understanding our
natural environment and in
living sustainably.
This qualification includes
compulsory fieldwork, which
you’ll undertake during two
UK-based residential schools.
Continued on page 40.
77%
of our environmental science
and Earth systems research has
been assessed as world-leading
or internationally excellent
(REF2014). Find out more at
openuniversity.co.uk/researchenvironment
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AT A GLANCE
WHY CHOOSE THIS
QUALIFICATION?
–– Accredited by the The
Institution of Environmental
Sciences (IES).
–– Investigates the complexities
of the natural environment
and our relationship with it.
–– Explores the problems we
face in understanding our
natural environment and in
living sustainably.
–– Develops your scientific,
interpretive and creative
thinking skills which are highly
valued by employers.
CAREER RELEVANCE AND
EMPLOYABILITY
Environmental science skills are
in demand in the public and
private sectors, in consultancies
and conservation organisations
– in areas such as pollution
control; recycling; water quality;
resources and energy
management; sustainability;
environmental consultancy;
ecology and nature
conservation; and environmental
education. Your studies will also
be relevant in business and
finance contexts. You’ll learn
to think creatively; tackle
multifaceted issues; and collect,
analyse and interpret complex
quantitative and qualitative
data. Other valuable
transferable skills that will add
to your employability include
project working, planning and
fieldwork techniques, digital
literacy, communication, team
working, self motivation, and
problem solving.
ACCREDITATION
Our BSc (Hons) Environmental
Science is accredited by the
Chartered Institution of Water
and Environmental Management
(CIWEM).
This degree is accredited by
The Institution of Environmental
Sciences (IES), which means
students can gain free student
membership of the institute.
MEET THE EXPERTS
Dr Tamsin Edwards, Lecturer in Environmental
Sciences, is looking at past, present and future
climates. Watch a video with Tamsin discussing why
Antarctica is a significant source of uncertainty for
climate modelling and how our courses cover issues
of uncertainty and public awareness of science issues
at openuniversity.co.uk/sci-learn.
Professor Vincent Gauci's research is looking globally
at how ecosystems interact with the atmosphere.
Watch a video with Vincent talking about how his
research informs our environmental science courses
openuniversity.co.uk/sci-learn.
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COURSE CODE
Q52
TOTAL CREDITS
360
START DATE
OCT 2017
(Registration closes 14 Sep 2017)
FEB 2018
(Registration closes 11 Jan 2018)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
No specific requirements
ASSESSMENT
Based on a mixture of:
–– Tutor-marked assignments
–– End-of-module assessments
–– Examinations
STUDY DURATION
Part time: 6 years:
18 study hours a week/60 credits
a year
Full time: 3 years:
36 study hours a week/120 credits
a year
Time limit: 16 years
MODE OF STUDY
The learning materials provided are:
mostly online with some print
Electronic versions of printed
materials available (e.g. PDF)
Disc-based media (e.g. DVD)
Online forum – Compulsory
Collaborative work – Compulsory
FEES
For information on fees and
how to pay, see page 14
Qualification delivery is subject to change.
COURSE DETAILS
STAGE 1
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
Stage 1 introduces you to the
study of science and
environmental issues, helping
you understand important
scientific concepts, develop
scientific skills and gain an
appreciation of worldwide
environmental challenges.
In Science: concepts and
practice (S112), you’ll be
exploring a different topic each
week that examines key
concepts within environmental
science, Earth sciences, biology,
chemistry, and physics. Practical
work is a key component of
S112, and you’ll engage in
activities that address two
differing approaches:
observation and controlling
variables.
STAGE 3
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
In Environmental science
(SXF206) you’ll investigate the
atmosphere, rivers, oceans,
landforms, soils, organisms,
habitats, human influences,
patterns and processes. You’ll
gain practical experience at
two compulsory residential
field schools as well as virtual
field trips.
You’ll begin Stage 3 with the
60-credit module planned for
October 2018, Environment:
responding to change (SDT306),
or, alternatively, study the two
30-credit modules Renewable
energy (T313) and Evaluating
contemporary science (S350).
You’ll complete this stage with
either a 60-credit module or
two 30-credit modules. The
60-credit options are Earth
science (S209), which looks at
how Earth works, including
rocks, fossils, volcanoes and
Earth’s changing surface
environments; Environment:
sharing a dynamic planet
(DST206), which examines the
role of natural factors and
human activity in environmental
change; or Science and society
(S201), which explores a range
of contemporary issues with a
scientific dimension.
The 30-credit options are The
biology of survival (S295), which
examines animal and plant
physiology, behavioural ecology
and evolution, and Energy and
sustainability (T213), which
focuses on current and
emerging energy technologies.
Then, in Ecosystems (S396),
you’ll study the interactions
between organisms and their
environment that together form
an ecosystem – which can range
from a simple microbial
community to a biodiverse
tropical rainforest – using
techniques including
environmental statistics
and modelling.
Finally, in the Science project
course: environmental science
practical project (SXE390), you’ll
carry out an investigation of
your own design, analysing
interactions between organisms
and their environment, based on
an in-depth understanding of
the science.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
Environment: journeys through a
changing world (U116)
investigates contemporary
environmental topics, drawing
on perspectives from the social
sciences, science and
technology to explore the issues
arising from environmental
challenges across the globe.
STAGE 2
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
Continued on page 42.
RELATED QUALIFICATIONS
DIPLOMA OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL
SCIENCE (W47)
CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN ENVIRONMENT
(T16)
We also offer a diploma of higher education which follows the
same curriculum as Stages 1 and 2 of the BSc (Hons)
Environmental Science (Q52) and a certificate of higher
education which follows the same curriculum as Stage 1.
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BSc (HONS) ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (Q52)
Compulsory modules
STAGE 1 (120 CREDITS)
Environment: journeys through a changing world
U116 (60 credits)
Option modules
Intermediate qualifications
Awarded qualification
Science: concepts and practice
S112 (60 credits)
Certificate of Higher Education in Environment (T16)
STAGE 2 (120 CREDITS)
Environmental science
(SXF206) (60 credits)
You will now choose 60 credits from a selection of modules,
go to openuniversity.co.uk/q52
Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Science (W47)
Renewable energy
STAGE 3 (120 CREDITS)
(T313) (30 credits)
AND
OR
Evaluating contemporary science
(S350) (30 credits)
Environment: responding
to change
(SDT306) (60 credits)
(planned for October 2018)
Ecosystems
(S396) (30 credits)
Science project course: environmental science practical project
(SXE390) (30 credits)
BSc (HONS) ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
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and to register go to:
openuniversity.co.uk/q52
Module availability and qualification
structure is subject to change.
NEW BSc (HONS)
GEOGRAPHY AND
ENVIRONMENTAL
SCIENCE
This degree takes a holistic
approach to topics such as
deforestation, sustainable waterresource management, pollution
control, conservation and
governance. You will explore the
consequences and implications
of environmental change for
sustainability and learn about
the social and natural processes
and interactions operating in
different environments. You will
also acquire a wide range of
transferable skills highly valued
by financial, business and publicsector employers.
COURSE CODE
R16
TOTAL CREDITS
360
START DATE
OCT 2017
(Registration closes 14 Sep 2017)
WHY CHOOSE THIS
QUALIFICATION?
FEB 2018
(Registration closes 11 Jan 2018)
–– Enhances your employability
by learning to work between
the social and natural sciences.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
No specific requirements
–– Builds key analytical and
reasoning skills necessary for
assessing different forms of
environmental evidence,
from statistical data to
policy reports.
–– Develops the knowledge and
skills to understand the
interrelationships between
human activity and
environmental change.
–– Applies geography and
environmental science
concepts and theories in
order to make sense of key
environmental challenges.
CAREER RELEVANCE AND
EMPLOYABILITY
This degree will help you
develop a broad set of skills that
are of high value to employers,
including the ability to put
together reasoned arguments
and question assumptions; draw
together, analyse and critically
evaluate information;
communicate effectively, clearly
and accurately with others; use
ICT to research, identify and
present information; apply
scientific knowledge and
understanding to problem
solving; manage time and take
responsibility for your own
personal development.
ASSESSMENT
Based on a mixture of:
–– Tutor-marked assignments
–– Interactive computer-marked
assignments
–– End-of-module assessments
–– Examinations
–– Project work
STUDY DURATION
Part time: 6 years:
18 study hours a week/60 credits
a year
Full time: 3 years:
36 study hours a week/120 credits
a year
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
By combining the
study of geography
and environmental
science, you’ll discover
the complexities of our
relationship with the
natural environment.
This qualification
will enable you to
understand and
consider responses
to the urgent
challenges of climate
change, globalisation,
development,
biodiversity loss,
migration and
urbanisation.
AT A GLANCE
Time limit: 16 years
MODE OF STUDY
The learning materials provided are:
a balance of print and online
Electronic versions of printed
materials available (e.g. PDF)
Disc-based media (e.g. DVD)
Online forum – Compulsory
Collaborative work – Compulsory
FEES
For information on fees and
how to pay, see page 14
Qualification delivery is subject to change.
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COURSE DETAILS
STAGE 1
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
Stage 1 introduces you to the
study of science and
environmental issues, helping
you understand important
scientific skills and gain an
appreciation of worldwide
environmental challenges.
You’ll begin your studies with
Environment: journeys through a
changing world (U116) in which
you’ll investigate contemporary
environmental topics, drawing
on perspectives from the social
sciences, science and
technology, to explore the
issues arising from
environmental challenges across
the globe.
This will be followed by Science:
concepts and practice (S112), in
which you’ll be exploring a
different topic each week that
examines key concepts within
environmental science, Earth
sciences, biology, chemistry,
and physics. Practical work is a
key component of S112, and
you’ll engage in activities that
address two differing
approaches: observation and
controlling variables.
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STAGE 2
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
STAGE 3
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
At Stage 2 you'll study
Environmental science (S206)
you’ll investigate the
atmosphere, rivers, oceans,
landforms, soils, organisms,
habitats, human influences,
patterns and processes. You’ll
gain practical experience
through interactive virtual field
trip activities.
At Stage 3 you’ll study two
modules:
You’ll also study either Living in
a globalised world (DD205), a
highly topical exploration of the
complex subject of
globalisation, in which you’ll
investigate topics such as
sweatshops, the media,
citizenship, photography,
geopolitics, international
finance and Antarctica; or
Environment and society
(DD213). This new module,
which is planned for October
2018, will explore the
implications of the
contemporary entanglement of
environmental issues with all
aspects of society from culture,
through the economy, to
politics.
Earth in crisis: environmental
policy in an international context
(DU311) is primarily a social
science module that explores
the many debates and dilemmas
involved in developing
environmental policy on climate
change, urbanisation, industrial
development, biodiversity loss
and other issues.
Environment: responding to
change (SDT306) is planned for
October 2018. This module aims
to show that whilst choices
about our environment should
be based on scientific
knowledge, their social context
is equally important and
therefore interdisciplinarity is
key to understanding
environmental decision making.
This idea will be addressed in
the context of biodiversity
conservation, climate-change
scenarios and food-security
concerns.
BSc (HONS) GEOGRAPHY AND
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (R16)
Compulsory modules
Environment: journeys through a changing world
(U116) (60 credits)
STAGE 2 (120 CREDITS)
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
STAGE 1 (120 CREDITS)
Awarded qualification
Science: concepts and practice
(S112) (60 credits)
Environmental science
(S206) (60 credits)
OR
Environment and society
(DD213) (60 credits)
(planned for October 2018)
Living in a globalised world
(DD205) (60 credits)
Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context
STAGE 3 (120 CREDITS)
(DU311) (60 credits)
Environment: responding to change
(SDT306) (60 credits)
(planned for October 2018)
MORE ONLINE
BSc (HONS)
GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
For more information
and to register go to:
openuniversity.co.uk/r16
Module availability and qualification
structure is subject to change.
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AT A GLANCE
COURSE CODE
QD
TOTAL CREDITS
360
START DATE
OCT 2017
(Registration closes 14 Sep 2017)
FEB 2018
(Registration closes 11 Jan 2018)
APR 2018
(Registration closes 15 Mar 2018)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
No specific requirements
ASSESSMENT
Depending on the modules
you choose to study, you may
be assessed in any or all of the
following ways:
OPEN
QUALIFICATIONS
BA OR BSc (HONS)
OPEN DEGREE
–– Tutor-marked assignments
–– Interactive computer-marked
assignments
–– End-of-module assessments
–– Examinations
STUDY DURATION
Part time: 6 years:
18 study hours a week/60 credits
a year
Full time: 3 years:
36 study hours a week/120 credits
a year
Time limit: 16 years
The BA or BSc
(Hons) Open is the
most flexible degree
programme in the UK
because you can study
any subjects you like, in
any combination. This
means you can build
a qualification that’s
unique to you.
The degree allows you to
choose modules from any
subject area so you can, for
example, combine science
modules with modules from
other disciplines, such as
mathematics or technology.
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CAREER RELEVANCE AND
EMPLOYABILITY
An Open degree on your CV
shows more than your level of
knowledge about a subject. It
demonstrates to employers that
you’re someone who is up for a
challenge and committed to
successfully seeing it through,
with excellent time
management and prioritising
skills.
MODE OF STUDY
As the BA/BSc (Hons) Open
degree can be made up of a range
of different modules, the learning
materials provided, use of online
forums and inclusion of collaborative
work will depend on the modules
you choose to study.
FEES
For information on fees and
how to pay, see page 14
HOW YOU CAN FOCUS
YOUR OPEN DEGREE ON
CHEMISTRY
This selection of modules shows
how you can focus on an aspect
of science, such as chemistry, in
combination with other subjects
that are of particular interest to
you. However, this is just one
example of the many
combinations you can study and
you are not restricted to this
route in any way.
STAGE 1
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
You can begin with any of the
key introductory OU level 1
modules. The choice includes
Questions in science (S111)
which encompasses astronomy
and planetary science, biology,
chemistry, Earth and
environmental science,
and physics.
For your remaining 60 credits,
you can study Science: concepts
and practice (S112), you’ll be
exploring a different topic each
week that examines key
concepts within environmental
science, Earth sciences, biology,
chemistry, and physics. Practical
work is a key component of S112,
and you’ll engage in activities
that address two differing
approaches: observation and
controlling variables.
STAGE 3
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
Building on the introduction to
science, at Stage 2 you can
begin to focus on chemistry.
At Stage 3 you can study
Chemistry: further concepts and
application (S315), which builds
on key concepts in inorganic,
physical and organic chemistry
introduced at level 2, exploring
the subtle interplay between
molecular structure, chemical
reactivity and their practical
consequences. Application of
these concepts is considered,
with topics ranging from the
design and synthesis of
molecules, development of drug
molecules and catalysts, to
diagnostic and therapeutic
medicine, as well as synthetic
strategies and structural
determination of molecules.
Chemistry: essential concepts
(S215) is a highly interactive
module that provides a broad
foundation in organic, inorganic,
and physical chemistry. It
explores organic compounds
and their synthesis,
spectroscopic analysis, the
Periodic Table and the reactivity
of metals and non-metals,
bonding and molecular shape,
thermodynamics and kinetics.
The practical nature of
chemistry will be emphasised
throughout, with videos,
experiments delivered online,
and the option of a laboratorybased residential school.
For your remaining 60 credits,
you’ll have a free choice from a
wide range of OU level 2
modules across different
subject areas.
For your remaining 60 credits,
you’ll have a free choice from a
wide range of OU level 3
modules across different
subject areas.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
COURSE DETAILS
STAGE 2
120 CREDITS REQUIRED
Continued on page 48.
RELATED QUALIFICATIONS
DIPLOMA OF HIGHER EDUCATION OPEN (W34)
CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION OPEN (T09)
We also offer a diploma of higher education which follows the
same structure as Stages 1 and 2 of the Open degree and a
certificate of higher education which follows the same
structure as Stage 1.
“Instead of a named science degree I opted
for the BSc Open because I liked the idea
of a qualification that was unique to me,
one which I could tailor to suit my own
interests and needs.”
Karolien Verheyen, BSc (Hons) Open degree
47
OPEN DEGREE WITH A
FOCUS ON CHEMISTRY
Chemistry modules
STAGE 1 (120 CREDITS)
Option modules
Questions in science
(S111) (60 credits)
Intermediate qualifications
Awarded qualification
Science: concepts and practice
(S112) (60 credits)
Certificate of Higher Education Open (T09)
STAGE 2 (120 CREDITS)
Chemistry: essential concepts
(S215) (60 credits
You can now choose 60 credits from
a wide range of OU level 2 modules
Diploma of Higher Education Open (W34)
Chemistry: further concepts and application
STAGE 3 (120 CREDITS)
(S315) (30 credits)
You can now choose 60 credits from
a wide range of OU level 3 modules
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BA or BSc (HONS) OPEN*
Whether you qualify for a BA (Hons) Open degree or a BSc (Hons) Open degree will be
determined by the number of credits you have from modules suitable for a BA or for a BSc.
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For more information
and to register go to:
openuniversity.co.uk/qd
FIND A
POSTGRADUATE
COURSE
EARTH SCIENCE
To work towards a
postgraduate qualification,
you first need to choose
and register on a module
that counts towards that
qualification.
Modules featured in this
prospectus are those that
are currently available for
study. But please bear in
mind that the exact selection
may change over time.
50 MSc in Earth Science (F53)
MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
51 MSc in Medicinal Chemistry (F62)
51 P
ostgraduate Diploma in
Medicinal Chemistry (E68)
MENTAL HEALTH SCIENCE
52 N
EW MSc in Mental Health
Science (F78)
52 N
EW Postgraduate Diploma in
Mental Health Science (E91)
SPACE SCIENCE
53 MSc in Space Science and
Technology (F77)
54 Postgraduate Diploma in
Space Science and Technology
(E90)
54 Postgraduate Certificate in
Space Science (K28)
SCIENCE
55 MSc in Science (F12)
MODULES
56 Module descriptions
49
EARTH SCIENCE
MSc IN EARTH SCIENCE
This qualification explores current aspects of Earth science, investigating
how interaction between Earth’s lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere,
atmosphere, and biosphere are dependent upon each other and interact
across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales.
TOTAL CREDITS:
180
CODE:
F53
You will consider the complexity
of interacting systems,
investigate how to quantify
fluxes within the Earth system,
and develop your understanding
of the climatic consequences of
changing the balance between
different components. You will
develop a critical awareness of
current issues and also learn
how to communicate scientific
information to specialists and
non-specialists. The MSc
includes taught modules and a
compulsory project module,
which gives you the opportunity
50
to explore a topic in further
depth and to undertake a
substantial piece of
independent research.
MODULE
SUMMARY
CREDITS
CODE
30 credits from the following
modules:
Earth science:
a systems
approach
60
S808
MSc project
module
60
S810
We recommend that you study
the modules in this order. The
project module is the last to be
taken in this qualification.
Environmental
monitoring and
protection
30
T868
Making
environmental
decisions
You must complete this
masters degree within
ten years.
30
T891
For module descriptions, see
pages 56–65 or go to
openuniversity.co.uk/f53.
Plus 150 credits from the
following compulsory modules:
Developing
research skills
in science
30
S825
Module availability is subject
to change.
MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
MSc IN MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
How are drugs designed? This qualification focuses on the latest
developments in this critical area of contemporary medical therapy, while
developing a wide range of skills associated with postgraduate study.
TOTAL CREDITS:
180
CODE:
F62
CREDITS
CODE
Compulsory modules – 180 credits
Developing
research skills
in science
30
S825
Molecules in
medicine
60
S807
Concept to
clinic
30
S827
MSc project
module for MSc
in Medicinal
Chemistry
60
SXM810
We recommend that you study
the modules in this order.
The project module is the last
to be taken in this qualification.
You must complete this
masters degree within
seven years.
For module descriptions, see
pages 56–65 or go to
openuniversity.co.uk/f62.
Module availability is subject
to change.
POSTGRADUATE COURSES
You will study aspects of
medicinal chemistry that
explore the links between
disease, mechanisms of action,
and the development of safe,
effective commercial drugs,
pursuing these topics across a
number of major health areas
(cancer, heart disease, infectious
diseases, neuropharmacology
and inflammation). The MSc
concludes with a substantial
piece of independent research
related to the core topics in
medicinal chemistry.
MODULE
SUMMARY
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA
IN MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
This qualification enables you to further your studies on aspects of medicinal
chemistry that explore the links between disease, mechanisms of action and
the development of safe, effective commercial drugs.
TOTAL CREDITS:
120
CODE:
E68
You will have the opportunity to
pursue these topics across a
number of major health areas
such as cancer, heart disease,
infectious diseases,
neuropharmacology and
inflammation.
MODULE
SUMMARY
CREDITS
CODE
Compulsory modules – 120 credits
Developing
research skills
in science
30
S825
Molecules in
medicine
60
S807
Concept to
clinic
30
S827
We recommend that you study
the modules in this order.
You must complete this
diploma within seven years.
For module descriptions, see
pages 56–65 or go to
openuniversity.co.uk/e68.
Module availability is subject
to change.
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MENTAL HEALTH SCIENCE
NEW MSc IN MENTAL HEALTH SCIENCE
This postgraduate qualification is designed for those with an academic
or professional interest in mental health science and the biological and
psychological underpinnings of this discipline.
TOTAL CREDITS:
180
CODE:
F78
It equips students with the
necessary skills to critically
evaluate the current literature,
discuss contemporary issues
and communicate a critical
understanding of key topics in
mental health science. Those
who qualify from this
programme, will have carried
out an academically rigorous
research project, and have
developed the skills and
knowledge that are relevant for
pursuing a research career, for
employment, and to inform
professional practice. You will
have the opportunity to develop
the knowledge and
understanding of key topics in
mental health science including
stress, anxiety, depression,
psychosis and dementia.
MODULE
SUMMARY
CREDITS
CODE
Compulsory modules – 180 credits
Introduction to
mental health
science
60
Core topics
in mental
health science:
psychosis and
dementia
60
S826
SD816
MSc project
module for
MSc in Mental
Health Science
(planned for
November
2018)
60
SXH810
We recommend that you study
the modules in this order.
You must complete this
masters degree within seven
years.
For module descriptions, see
pages 56–65 or go to
openuniversity.co.uk/f78.
Module availability is subject
to change.
NEW POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA
IN MENTAL HEALTH SCIENCE
You can gain a postgraduate diploma when you complete two of the
compulsory 60-credit modules for the masters degree, Introduction
to mental health science (S826) and Core topics in mental health
science: psychosis and dementia (SD816)
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TOTAL CREDITS:
120
CODE:
E91
MODULE
SUMMARY
CREDITS
CODE
Compulsory modules – 120 credits
Introduction to
mental health
science
60
S826
Core topics
in mental
health science:
psychosis and
dementia
60
SD816
We recommend that you study
the modules in this order.
You must complete this diploma
within four years.
For module descriptions, see
pages 56–65 or go to
openuniversity.co.uk/e91.
Module availability is subject
to change.
SPACE SCIENCE
MSc IN SPACE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
TOTAL CREDITS:
180
CODE:
F77
This MSc equips you with the
skills to carry out scientific
investigations using spacebased instrumentation, both
individually and as a team. You
will learn how to use a
programming language in
support of space science
applications and develop other
skills that are relevant to further
research or employment in the
space sector. The MSc also
requires you to conduct an
in-depth research project in
space science or space
technology.
MODULE
SUMMARY
CREDITS
CODE
Compulsory module – 60 credits
Space science
60
S818
Optional modules – 30 credits
from the following:
Managing
technological
innovation
30
T848
Project
management
30
M815
Strategic
capabilities for
technological
innovation
30
T849
Optional modules – 30 credits
from the following:
Finite element
analysis: basic
principles and
applications
30
T804
Manufacture
materials
design
30
T805
Software
development
30
M813
Software
engineering
30
M814
Plus 60 credits from the
following compulsory module:
Project module
for MSc in
Space Science
(planned for
November
2018)
60
POSTGRADUATE COURSES
Developed in consultation with the UK Space Agency and the space
industry itself, this qualification is designed for those interested in space
science and the technology that underpins this discipline, or who want to
develop a successful career in the thriving and innovative space sector.
SXS810
S818 must be studied as the first
module in this qualification. The
project module is the last to be
taken in this qualification.
You must complete this
masters degree within
seven years.
For module descriptions, see
pages 56–65 or go to
openuniversity.co.uk/f77.
Module availability is subject
to change.
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POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA
IN SPACE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
This postgraduate qualification is designed for those with an academic or
professional interest in space science and the technology that underpins
this discipline. It equips students with the skills to carry out scientific
investigations using space-based instrumentation, both individually and as
a team. Students learn how to use a programming language in support of
space science applications and develop other skills that are highly relevant to
employment in the space sector.
TOTAL CREDITS:
120
CODE:
MODULE
SUMMARY
E90
CREDITS
CODE
Compulsory module – 60 credits
Space science
60
S818
Optional module – 30 credits
from the following:
Managing
technological
innovation
30
T848
Project
management
30
M815
Strategic
capabilities for
technological
innovation
30
T849
Optional module – 30 credits
from the following:
Finite element
analysis: basic
principles and
applications
30
Manufacture
materials
design
30
T804
Software
development
30
M813
Software
engineering
30
M814
You must complete this
postgraduate diploma within
four years.
For module descriptions, see
pages 56–65 or go to
openuniversity.co.uk/e90.
Module availability is subject
to change.
T805
POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE
IN SPACE SCIENCE
You can gain a postgraduate certificate when you complete the first
compulsory 60-credit module for the masters degree, Space science (S818).
TOTAL CREDITS:
CODE:
60
K28
MODULE
SUMMARY
CREDITS
CODE
Compulsory module – 60 credits
Space science
60
S818
For module descriptions, see
pages 56–65 or go to
openuniversity.co.uk/k28.
You must complete this
postgraduate certificate within
two years.
Module availability is subject
to change.
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SCIENCE
MSc IN SCIENCE
This qualification explores some of contemporary science’s most pressing
issues and develops a wide range of skills associated with postgraduate study.
180
CODE:
F12
The MSc includes taught
modules and a compulsory final
project module which gives you
the opportunity to explore a
topic in greater depth, and
undertake a substantial piece of
independent research.
MODULE
SUMMARY
Managing for
sustainability
30
T867
Optional modules – either 120
credits from the following:
Project
management
30
M815
Developing
research skills
in science
30
S825
The critical
researcher
30
H819
Molecules in
medicine
60
S807
The networked
practitioner
30
H818
Earth science:
a systems
approach
60
S808
Concept to
clinic
30
Introduction to
mental health
science
60
S826
Space science
60
S818
CREDITS
CODE
Plus 60 credits from the
following compulsory module:
MSc project
module
60
POSTGRADUATE COURSES
TOTAL CREDITS:
S810
S827
or 90 credits from the previous
list plus 30 credits from the
following:
Capacities
for managing
development
30
T878
Making
environmental
decisions
30
T891
The project module is the last to
be taken in this qualification.
You must complete this masters
degree within seven years.
For module descriptions,
see pages 56–65 or go to
openuniversity.co.uk/f12.
Module availability is subject
to change.
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POSTGRADUATE
MODULES
The following
pages provide more
detail on each of the
postgraduate modules.
For modules not listed in
this section, go to
openuniversity.co.uk/pg.
ASSESSMENT KEY
56
EMA
End-of-module assessment
TMA
Tutor-marked assignment
MODULES
57 Science
61 From other disciplines
For the latest fee information,
visit openuniversity.co.uk/pg
SCIENCE
All of our postgraduate science modules (S-coded) are delivered entirely online.
CONCEPT TO CLINIC
(S827)
CORE TOPICS IN MENTAL
HEALTH SCIENCE:
PSYCHOSIS AND
DEMENTIA (SD816)
DEVELOPING RESEARCH
SKILLS IN SCIENCE
(S825)
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
CREDITS:
60 at PG level
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
STUDY WEEKS:
30
STUDY WEEKS:
34
STUDY WEEKS:
24
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 iCMA
1 EMA
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 EMA
ASSESSMENT:
2 TMAs
1 EMA
START:
07 Oct 2017
register by
14 Sep 2017
START:
07 Oct 2017
register by
14 Sep 2017
START:
07 Oct 2017
register by
14 Sep 2017
This is a core module in our
postgraduate mental health
science qualifications. It draws
on biological, psychological and
social sciences to investigate
psychosis and dementia –
conditions that are of major
global health concern and
socio-economic impact. The
module will broaden your
knowledge and understanding
of these core topics in mental
health science, and develop
your critical thinking, practical
and professional skills. SD816 is
suitable for those with relevant
backgrounds in biological and
psychological sciences, medical
and allied professions.
This module builds on your
undergraduate-level science
knowledge to develop a strong
appreciation of postgraduate
research skills. It will develop
knowledge and understanding
of techniques and skills
applicable to postgraduate
scientific study and research
methodologies and critical
awareness of literature. It will
support you in understanding
and evaluating current research.
You will use ICT to develop your
information literacy skills, to
communicate and to collaborate
with others. You will also learn
to act autonomously in planning
and implementing work at a
professional level. You will
recognise how skills are
continually developed through
experience and can be
transferred to other situations.
POSTGRADUATE COURSES
This module provides an
overview of the drug discovery
and development process from
a modern and historical
perspective, exemplified by the
design and development of
current and future therapeutic
drugs for pain and inflammation.
You will be introduced to a
range of issues in drug
discovery, from the initial
concept of selecting a disease,
a disease target and the type of
molecules to be utilised, to
evaluating their properties,
identifying lead compounds and
developing these into
commercial drug products.
You will mainly work
independently with online
support, although you will have
an opportunity to collaborate in
group-work activities.
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EARTH SCIENCE:
A SYSTEMS APPROACH
(S808)
CREDITS:
60 at PG level
STUDY WEEKS:
34
ASSESSMENT:
4 TMAs
1 EMA
START:
27 Jan 2018
register by
11 Jan 2018
Modern Earth science is the
study of Earth as a complex
system of interacting reservoirs
including the geosphere (core,
mantle and crust), and the
superficial reservoirs, including
the hydrosphere, cryosphere
and atmosphere. The resulting
Earth system produces slowly
changing stable habitats for life
– the same Earth system
produces sudden and
catastrophic environmental
changes. This online module
explores several of the most
important Earth system
interactions through physical
observations of the modern
world, geological observations,
measurements of changing
chemical signatures, and
quantitative and semiquantitative models.
Understanding past global
changes helps us to understand
and predict the likely outcomes
of present-day Earth.
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INTRODUCTION TO
MENTAL HEALTH
SCIENCE (S826)
MOLECULES
IN MEDICINE
(S807)
CREDITS:
60 at PG level
CREDITS:
60 at PG level
CREDITS:
60 at PG level
STUDY WEEKS:
34
STUDY WEEKS:
34
STUDY WEEKS:
38
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 EMA
ASSESSMENT:
4 TMAs
2 iCMAS
1 EMA
ASSESSMENT:
4 TMAs
1 EMA
START:
27 Jan 2018
register by
11 Jan 2018
START:
27 Jan 2018
register by
11 Jan 2018
START:
04 Nov 2017
register by
12 Oct 2017
This module surveys a
prominent area of
contemporary medical science:
the molecular understanding of
disease and its use in the design
of drugs to treat different
disease states and conditions.
You’ll be introduced to a range
of drug therapy topics, including
heart disease, infectious
diseases (bacterial and viral),
cancer, and neuropharmacology.
You will also have the
opportunity to undertake
independent research
culminating in the production of
a literature review, which is
excellent preparation for the
MSc project module (S810).
This masters-level project
module in science, which is
entirely online, is an opportunity
for you to carry out an in-depth
investigation into a subject of
your own choice. The only
constraint on the subject is that
it must be linked to one or more
of the knowledge-based
objectives of your previous MSc
science modules (excluding
Developing research skills in
science (S825)). Your project
can be literature based, involve
laboratory or fieldwork, or
include the design and use of a
questionnaire. You will have the
support and guidance of a tutor
by both email and phone.
POSTGRADUATE COURSES
This online module introduces
the key topics in mental health
science from biological,
psychological and social science
perspectives whilst developing
your postgraduate study skills.
Focusing on affective disorders
(stress, anxiety and depression),
the module will enable you to
develop and apply these skills
within the context of the chosen
topics. You will broaden your
knowledge and understanding
of these affective disorders;
recognise different lines of
evidence; appreciate the
uncertainty, ambiguity and
limits of current knowledge;
discuss contemporary issues;
and evaluate, synthesise and
communicate your
understanding of these key
topics in mental health science.
MSC PROJECT
MODULE
(S810)
MEET THE EXPERTS
Dr Payam Rezaie is a Reader in Neuropathology and
Programme Director for the MSc in Mental Health
Science. Learn more about Payam, about his own
background and our postgraduate provision in
mental health science at
openuniversity.co.uk/mental-health
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MSC PROJECT MODULE
FOR MSC IN MEDICINAL
CHEMISTRY (SXM810)
SPACE SCIENCE
(S818)
CREDITS:
60 at PG level
CREDITS:
60 at PG level
STUDY WEEKS:
38
STUDY WEEKS:
34
ASSESSMENT:
4 TMAs
1 EMA
ASSESSMENT:
4 TMAs
1 EMA
START:
04 Nov 2017
register by
12 Oct 2017
START:
27 Jan 2018
register by
11 Jan 2018
This masters-level project
module is an opportunity for
you to carry out an in-depth
investigation into a subject of
your own choice in medicinal
chemistry as part of your MSc in
Medicinal Chemistry (F62)
studies. It must be linked to one
or more knowledge-based
learning objectives from either
Molecules in medicine (S807) or
Concept to clinic (S827). Your
project can be literature based
or involve laboratory work. You
will have the support and
guidance of a tutor by both
email and phone.
Spacecraft missions play a vital
role in the exploration of the
Solar System and the more
distant Universe, and are at the
forefront of scientific inquiry.
This module provides an
in-depth introduction to the
methods of conducting
scientific measurements and
observations in the space
environment and the
technologies needed for space
missions. A key feature of this
module is the use of remotely
operated experiments to
develop your skills in
conducting space-based
scientific investigations. The
module is good preparation for
further academic research in
space science, and develops
skills and knowledge that are
relevant to employment in the
space sector.
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
is one of the top three university
space-science centres in the UK
in terms of research power. OU
space scientists play key roles in
iconic missions, such as Rosetta,
the first landing on a comet.
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FROM OTHER DISCIPLINES
MANAGING
DEVELOPMENT (T878)
ENVIRONMENTAL
MONITORING AND
PROTECTION (T868)
FINITE ELEMENT
ANALYSIS: BASIC
PRINCIPLES AND
APPLICATIONS (T804)
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
STUDY WEEKS:
21
STUDY WEEKS:
20
STUDY WEEKS:
21
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs,
1 examination
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 EMA
ASSESSMENT:
1 TMA
3 iCMAS
1 EMA
START:
01 May 2017
register by
31 Mar 2017
START:
01 Nov 2017
register by
12 Oct 2017
START:
01 Nov 2017
register by
12 Oct 2017
01 Nov 2017
register by
12 Oct 2017
01 May 2018
register by
31 Mar 2018
The module teaches a range of
skills you need to manage
development well, skills of
strategic thinking, research,
advocacy, planning, policy
making and evaluation. You will
find it relevant whatever sector
you are in, and whether your
work is local or global.
Engineering is at the heart of
modern life. Today engineers
use computers and software in
the design and manufacture of
most of the products, processes
and systems that make up our
lifestyles. This module
introduces the finite element
method and instils the need for
comprehensive evaluation and
checking when interpreting
results. It covers basic theory;
modelling, meshing and
analysing component models
for stresses, deflections,
temperatures and vibrations
under operating conditions and
loads; treatment of boundary
conditions and restraints; and
examples of good practice for
safe and effective application
in use.
POSTGRADUATE COURSES
Development management
engages with the multiple
challenges of development. This
module sets out to help you
build your capacities for
managing those challenges. It
rests on the assumption that
management is a political and
ethical process, a matter of the
use of power to bring about
desired goals in contexts
characterised by conflicts of
interests, values and agendas.
To conserve our environment,
we need to ensure any
deterioration which can be
prevented is addressed. This
online module will equip you
with knowledge of the different
environmental monitoring
techniques for water, noise, air,
and wastes; how to model and
interpret the impacts of
pollutants; and the techniques
available to eliminate the
pollutants. Computer models
and rich examples make for an
interesting and useful coverage
of water pollution control, noise
control, air quality management,
and solid wastes management.
You will gain the skills necessary
to undertake environmental
assessment work, interpret the
results, and suggest appropriate
remedial measures, bearing in
mind pollutants can be a
reusable resource.
.
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MAKING
ENVIRONMENTAL
DECISIONS (T891)
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
STUDY WEEKS:
21
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 EMA
START:
01 May 2017
register by
13 Apr 2017
01 Nov 2017
register by
12 Oct 2017
01 May 2018
register by
12 Apr 2018
Many individual and collective
decisions and actions both
individual and collective affect
our environment; yet economic
and political considerations
often dominate. Defining
environment to include
biophysical, social, political,
economic and other factors, this
online module uses a systems
framework to integrate
environment with other
elements when making
environmental decisions in
complex situations. You will
explore a contemporary case of
environmental decision making
concerning fracking, as well as a
range of further examples from
different parts of the world
around water, energy,
agriculture, forestry and climate
change. You will also be able to
consider an environmental
decision-making situation of
your own choosing, through the
development of a project.
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MANAGING FOR
SUSTAINABILITY
(T867)
MANUFACTURE
MATERIALS DESIGN
(T805)
MANAGING
TECHNOLOGICAL
INNOVATION (T848)
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
STUDY WEEKS:
22
STUDY WEEKS:
22
STUDY WEEKS:
24
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 EMA
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 EMA
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 EMA
START:
01 May 2017
register by
13 Apr 2017
START:
01 May 2017
register by
13 Apr 2017
START:
01 May 2017
register by
13 Apr 2017
01 Nov 2017
register by
12 Oct 2017
01 May 2018
register by
12 Apr 2018
01 May 2018
register by
12 Apr 2018
01 May 2018
register by
12 Apr 2018
Introducing materials processing
from the perspective of a design
engineer, this entirely online
module explores how to make
components. You will focus on
the interactions between
manufacturing, materials and
design rather than studying each
one independently. Online texts
are combined with investigative
learning activities to help you
develop the ability to make
manufacturing decisions. The
manufacturing processes
covered are casting, forming,
cutting, joining, additive
manufacturing and surface
engineering. By gaining a
deeper understanding of the
scientific and technological
principles that govern these
basic processes, you will be able
to play a more effective role as a
professional engineer. Additional
topics introduce management
of the supply chain and key
ideas in assuring the quality of
production. Manupedia, an
online database of manufacturing
processes plays a key role in
your study.
The history of technological
innovation has been nothing
short of remarkable, affecting
our lives, the effectiveness of
organisations, the profitability of
industries, the wellbeing of
societies and the prosperity of
nations. Understanding the
processes that underpin
technological innovation is
therefore crucial, whether you
are a user or producer of
technological innovation. And if
you are involved in managing
innovation processes, an
understanding of the overall
process of innovation and its
variations is a core professional
competence. This module
examines innovation from a
management perspective,
enabling you to improve how
you contribute to the process
and management of
technological innovation.
POSTGRADUATE COURSES
This module will increase your
understanding of delivering and
supporting sustainability
management. You will develop a
multidisciplinary perspective on
resources, sustainability and
health and safety management
that will incorporate strategy,
policy, data collection and
knowledge management. It will
introduce you to a systemic
approach for studying
organisational operations and
methods for quantifying and
optimising resource use and
energy use while using tools to
reduce environmental, societal
and financial risk. You will also
learn how to improve the
efficiency and effectiveness
with which your organisation
can incorporate sustainability
issues and to identify future
trends and drivers for change in
this area.
01 Nov 2017
register by
12 Oct 2017
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PROJECT
MANAGEMENT
(M815)
SOFTWARE
ENGINEERING
(M814)
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
STUDY WEEKS:
26
STUDY WEEKS:
26
STUDY WEEKS:
26
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 EMA
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 EMA
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 Examination
START:
01 May 2017
register by
13 Apr 2017
START:
01 May 2017
register by
13 Apr 2017
START:
01 Nov 2017
register by
12 Oct 2017
01 May 2018
register by
12 Apr 2018
Whether you are a project
manager, an aspiring project
manager or a member of a
project team, this online module
will support you in improving
your practice and making your
contribution to the project even
more effective. You will gain an
understanding of the essential
steps in the project life cycle
and reflect on the techniques
available to you and how they
can be applied. You will have
the opportunity to review, in the
light of your new knowledge
and experience, a project on
which you have already worked.
The topics covered include
stakeholders, finance, risk,
people, project administration
and quality.
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SOFTWARE
DEVELOPMENT
(M813)
01 May 2018
register by
12 Apr 2018
This online module explores the
principles and techniques of
software development. You will
acquire professional and
technical skills together with a
deep understanding of analysis,
design, software construction
and testing; engage with various
design practices from design
patterns to software
architectures and frameworks;
and explore emerging themes in
software development. By
studying this module you will
develop your ability to deliver
software artefacts fit for a
real-world organisational
context, alongside a wide range
of postgraduate crictical skills.
This online module covers
advanced concepts and
techniques used throughout the
software life cycle, for the
effective production and
management of large, complex,
and long-lived software
systems. It provides a holistic
perspective of technical and
non-technical factors involved in
developing useful and safe
software systems in complex
social and organisational
contexts. You will gain hands-on
experience of software
engineering practices, in both
individual and team-working
contexts. You will need to have
completed Software
development (M813) or have
equivalent professional software
development knowledge.
STRATEGIC CAPABILITIES
FOR TECHNOLOGICAL
INNOVATION
(T849)
RESEARCHER:
EDUCATIONAL
TECHNOLOGY IN
PRACTICE (H819)
THE NETWORKED
PRACTITIONER
(H818)
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
CREDITS:
30 at PG level
STUDY WEEKS:
24
STUDY WEEKS:
23
STUDY WEEKS:
21
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 EMA
ASSESSMENT:
3 TMAs
1 EMA
ASSESSMENT:
2 TMAs
1 EMA
START:
01 May 2017
register by
13 Apr 2017
START:
01 Apr 2017
register by
17 Mar 2017
START:
07 Oct 2017
register by
21 Sep 2017
01 Nov 2017
register by
12 Oct 2017
01 May 2018
register by
12 Apr 2018
Technology is dramatically
changing educational research
and practice, at a time of high
demand for ‘evidence-based’
policy and guidance. This
module will help you find,
interpret and evaluate research
and cutting-edge innovations in
educational technology, from a
global perspective. You will gain
skills in critically understanding
and interpreting research as
reported in social and popular
media, blogs, institutional
reports and academic papers.
Whilst there is an emphasis on
rigorous applied research and
evaluation, you do not need to
have experience or knowledge
of using particular research
methods. You will also be
guided in carrying out a
small-scale research study and
writing a detailed research plan
on a topic of your choice.
Sharing knowledge and practice
is transformed through online
dissemination and informed
through engagement with
others in peer reflection.
Increasingly students and
educators utilise social media
and open content as peripheral
activities. This module shifts this
practice from what Lawrence
Lessig described as ‘read-only’
engagement, into active and
purposeful networked ‘readwrite’ activity. Working on a
project, you will publish and
share practice within an online
conference and our ‘OpenStudio’,
producing module materials
that explore and address a key
theme in online and distance
education. You will also critically
assess and actively visualise
your own engagement with
online networks and
open practice.
POSTGRADUATE COURSES
The need for ongoing
technological innovation has
become a strategic necessity for
many organisations. Even in
traditionally stable sectors the
option of maintaining the status
quo is seldom viable. This
creates challenges for how
organisations acquire and
manage the resources and
capabilities necessary for
effective approaches to
innovation, and create and
maintain contexts that support
strategic action. This online
module draws on material from
the resource-based view of
organisations and strategic and
innovation management more
generally to produce a
multi-layered, practical
approach to the development
and management of
technological innovation. It is
suitable for anyone interested in
developing or improving their
skills and expertise in this area.
07 Apr 2018
register by
22 Mar 2018
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