Welcome from the Dean of Science,
Professor Hazel Rymer
I would like to welcome you to the Faculty of Science at The Open University. The Faculty is committed to international excellence in the research, teaching and dissemination of science.
Our strategic priorities therefore include:
(i) provision of world class distance education in science, developing skills for employability to a diverse range of learners, via appropriate and innovative technologies presenting coherent curriculum, informed by high quality research and scholarship, on a global basis. Our curriculum is available to all, globally online;
(ii) international, focussed research excellence consistent with the OU mission, responsive to the needs of a changing world.
The Faculty has developed an extensive range of modules using The Open University's supported open learning teaching model. These modules contribute to a number of qualifications such as the BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences, the BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences and the BSc (Hons) Health Sciences and the more general BSc (Open) degree. In addition, there are a number of diplomas and certificates and interdisciplinary qualifications available. Students can choose to study any of our modules and qualifications at their own pace and are supported by tutors, study advisers and on-line conferences.
There are optional face to face tutorials for some modules, but most of our modules are accessible entirely online and it is possible to complete the whole Natural Sciences BSc degree in this way. Students can download the OUAnywhere app to get their study materials on their mobile device. This level of accessibility, the impressive breadth of our science curriculum, produced by our excellent staff mean that the Faculty has the largest number of science students of any UK university. In addition to our degree level programmes, the Faculty offers an innovative range of Science Short Courses and Taster courses that are designed to provide an introduction for those new to undergraduate study or not wanting to commit to a large module at this time.