To register for any of our masters-level science modules you must normally hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in science or a science-related subject. If you have other study or experience that you believe equips you to study at postgraduate level you can still apply, but must supply evidence of that study or experience. Your case will be referred to our MSc in Science Admissions Panel. For further advice, contact the postgraduate science team.
As the module is presented online and requires you to carry out regular online searches and reviews, you will need to be comfortable with working online (e.g. accessing the OU Library, carrying out standard online searches, downloading files, and so on). We recognise that everyone will start this module with some understanding and experience of searching for, and working with different types of information (both online and in printed format). you will build on this to develop a more systematic approach to academic literacy in a rapidly changing digital environment. You will also need good general computing skills (e.g. use email, use word processing, and spreadsheet packages and take part in online forums).
All teaching is in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate for the level of study you wish to take. We strongly recommend that students have achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7. To assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies you can visit the IELTS website.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please speak to an adviser.