Planning your studies
To register on any of the MSc in Science modules you must normally hold an 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 take this qualification you can still apply, but must supply evidence of your study or experience. Your case will be referred to the MSc in Science Admissions Panel. For further advice, email the postgraduate science team.
You will need good computing skills (e.g. able to search the Web, use email, use word processing packages. Some modules also require you to be able to carry out mathematical manipulations (e.g. algebraic rearrangement of equations, use exponentials and logs). Please see the individual module descriptions to ensure that you are properly prepared before starting to study for this qualification.
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 you 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.
We recommend that you study no more than 90 credits a year, and you must complete the programme within seven years. You can count a maximum of 60 credits from project work towards the degree. We cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available.
You can take your chosen modules in any order, except that you are expected to have completed at least one of the taught science modules before you undertake the project module. If you are new to postgraduate level study we recommend that you take Developing research skills in science (S825) as your first module.
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.