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    Distance learning & Part time available

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  • Start Date

    May, January

  • Course Duration

    2-10 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK £4,229 (fees can vary depending on which modules you choose to make up your qualification).

Course content


We recommend that you study the modules in the order listed below. You must have successfully completed Earth science: a systems approach (S808) before studying the project module, which we expect you to take as the final module for this qualification.

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

30 credits from the following optional modules:

• Environmental monitoring and protection (T868)
• Making environmental decisions (T891)


150 credits from the following compulsory modules:

• Developing research skills in science (S825)
• Earth science: a systems approach (S808)
• MSc project module (S810)

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit transfer

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. Please note that credit transfer will not be given for the MSc project module (S810). You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module.

Visit the MSc in Earth Science page on the Open University website for more details!




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