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MSc in Science

Course Description

MSc in Science

This masters course will enable you to examine some of contemporary science's most pressing issues and to develop a wide range of skills associated with masters-level study. The MSc includes taught modules and a compulsory project module which gives you the opportunity to explore a topic in further depth, and to undertake a substantial piece of independent research based on the knowledge and skills you will have developed in the taught modules. You have the flexibility to choose from a number of optional taught modules currently on offer within the science postgraduate programme (in areas such as Earth Science, Brain and Behavioural Science and Medicinal Chemistry), and tailor this MSc to suit your own interests.

Career relevance

Completing this qualification will equip you key transferable skills which will be relevant to your career, as well as providing you with a base of postgraduate level science knowledge and understanding. You will learn to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in your field of study as well as evaluating research methodologies. You will learn to deal with complex issues and make sound judgements and decisions in complex situations.

You will also learn to communicate information and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist (including professional) audiences, demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a postgraduate level.

The qualification will develop your independent learning skills, enhance your skills in locating information and communicating with others in both professional and academic contexts.

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

(Student Profile)

Lou Hudson

In 2007 my youngest child left home for university and feeling that an era of life had ended (empty-nest syndrome) I turned to The Open University and started the requisite 3 year haul towards an MSc. I graduated in 2011, attended by a very proud family, with an MSc in Science.

One of the great strengths of the OU is they change your perception of so many things - both within you and around you. The sense of self-worth, confidence and achievement that the OU has given me cannot be under-estimated. Having studied both at a main stream university and with distance learning, I can confidently say that the subject matter taught by the OU remains with you and makes a student more authoritative on the subject, than the cramming style done by main stream university students, because you HAVE to read up on the subject in hand; you cannot simply turn up at a lecture and rely on lecture notes. Although I said I would never study again after the MSc, I am starting to feel twitchy and am turning, once again, towards the OU!

Like many thousands before me, I cannot recommend the OU highly enough, both in terms of academic quality and personal satisfaction.


Entry Requirements

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 believe you have other study or experience that equips you to study for this qualification you must supply evidence of that study or experience. Your case will be referred to the MSc in Science Admissions Panel. Good computing skills are required. All teaching is in English and we strongly recommend that you have achieved an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 7.

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