You can study the modules in any order, but we recommend that you read our Pathways guidance to help you choose suitable route through the qualification.
To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:
A 60-credit compulsory module
60 credits from list A:
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules H800, H801, H802, H803, H804, H805, H806, H807, H808, H809, H810.
a further 60 credits from list A or list B:
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules E801, E805, E846, E848, E852, E854, E855, E856, E857, E859, E891, EE880, EE881, ET821, H812, H850, ME825, SEH806, SH804.
You can only do one or the other and not both of the following:
- H880 or H800
- H819 or H809
- E805 or EE814
- E854 or EE817
- E855 or EE811 or E857
- EE880 or E881
- H812 or H850
If you have already studied with The Open University at postgraduate level and now want to count your module or modules towards the MA in Online and Distance Education, you will need to ask us to link your previous record to the qualification. We will check our regulations at that stage to ensure the module is eligible.
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.
We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 8th June 2018.
If you’ve successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.