The Open University

Introduction

The OU is the UK's largest university and leads the world in distance learning qualifications in Higher Education.

Why The Open University?

1) Flexibility

  • The OU’s range of learning techniques provide flexible learning like no other university
  • Whether you’re at home, at work or on the move; the OU's innovative teaching methods and materials give you the flexibility you need and bring studying to life in a way never seen before.

2) Support

  • Online support like no other university
  • Consistently ranked in the top 5 for student satisfaction.

3) Career transformation

  • A degree highly valued by employers
  • 80% of the UK's top companies send their staff to The OU

4) Reputation

  • The largest academic institution in the UK
  • With students achieving their potential across the globe
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MEng

Online Full time Part time 1 - 4 years United Kingdom

The MEng is an integrated masters degree in engineering that offers you an opportunity to fulfil the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The MEng course aims to meet professional development needs as specified by the Engineering Council and relevant engineering institutions in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Entry to this qualification is either via our BEng (Hons) (B65 or Q65) or an accredited engineering bachelors... [+]

MEng The MEng is an integrated masters degree in engineering that offers you an opportunity to fulfil the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The MEng course aims to meet professional development needs as specified by the Engineering Council and relevant engineering institutions in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Entry to this qualification is either via our BEng (Hons) (B65 or Q65) or an accredited engineering bachelors degree from another institution. The MEng must be completed within four years from the date of graduation of the undergraduate degree. This qualification is accredited for Chartered Engineer status by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). A pathway through our MEng is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Educational aims This engineering degree builds on recent and previous study and offers you an opportunity to fulfil the educational requirements for chartered status. The MEng programme aims to meet professional development needs as specified by the Engineering Council UK and relevant engineering institutions in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Teaching, learning and assessment methods Knowledge and understanding are acquired through distance-learning materials, including specially written study materials, module guides, assignments and project guides; through a range of computer-based activities; through CD-ROM, Web- and text-based resource materials; and through tutor feedback on assignments. Computer-conferencing facilities provide an environment where you can deepen your understanding through discussion with other students and tutors. Within the constraints laid down, you may choose the modules you study, thus developing knowledge and understanding in a range of topics (or ‘streams’) to suit your personal needs and interests. Cognitive skills are developed through a range of activities including self-assessment exercises, multimedia tasks and computer-based investigations. They are supported by tutor-led discussions and activities at regional tutorials and day schools or online and by tutor feedback on assignments. The first three of the practical and professional skills (listed above) refer to the vocational relevance of the degree. All teaching and assessment strategies will help you to develop skills that are transferable to the workplace, whatever combination of modules you take. The compulsory Level 3 and Level M projects are designed to consolidate these skills. The final skill is developed through a hands-on approach using appropriate software packages and associated assessment strategies. Key skills are taught and developed within the teaching materials. They are explicitly assessed throughout the degree and are supported by tutor feedback on assignments. They are specifically addressed in the two compulsory modules T191 Personal and career development in engineering and T397 Key skills for professional engineers. There are progressively increasing expectations of your key skills as you move from Level 1 through Level 2 to Level 3. Key skills also have strong vocational relevance and can transfer directly to the workplace. Teaching and learning will be via study materials (including study guides, textbooks, set books, audio and video material, home activity kits, and module-related software), optional face-to-face or online tutorials, at least two compulsory week-long residential schools, plus individualised tutor feedback. Continuous assessment will be via written, tutor-marked assignments and/or computer-marked assignments; end-of-module assessment via examination or written project. On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Master of Engineering entitling you to use the letters MEng (Open) after your name. Fees and time The MEng must be completed within four years from the date of graduation of the undergraduate degree. This qualification comprises of 120 credits of PG study (plus an additional 15 credits of UG study if your UG qualification is not from the OU). For postgraduate study the total cost depends on the modules studied. As a guide the fees for 2012/13 ranged from £5,865 to £6,690. The 2013/14 fees for the undergraduate study component (360 credits) are £5,124 per 120 credits. NB: As part of the BEng you will required to attend two UK-based residential schools (T176 and T276) and the cost of accommodation, food and travel is not included in the module fee. The MEng also has a compulsory module with UK-based residential schools. This does include accommodation and food but the cost of travel is not included in the module fee. Career impact Employers value the OU MEng. With this qualification you will: improve your creative problem solving skills improve your ability to turn concepts into a reality improve your project management and team working skills be well placed to take advantage of employment opportunities both at home and abroad. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MSc

MSc Engineering

Online Full time Part time 1 - 4 years United Kingdom

his MSc in Engineering course builds on previous study of Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering or our MEng, and offers you an opportunity to research an engineering topic in depth. Our MSc in Engineering is accredited for Chartered Engineer status by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)... [+]

MSc Engineering his MSc in Engineering course builds on previous study of Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering or our MEng, and offers you an opportunity to research an engineering topic in depth. Our MSc in Engineering is accredited for Chartered Engineer status by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). A pathway through our MSc is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution and Engineering and Technology (IET). Educational aims This masters level of study offers you the opportunity to progress towards fulfilling the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and will help you meet professional development needs as specified by the UK Engineering Council (ECUK) and relevant engineering institutions. In particular it will provide evidence of initial and continuing professional development. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Teaching on the MSc programme is essentially restricted to that required to guide students through the process of undertaking an extensive piece of personal research work. Assessment strategy Specific skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to the topic being researched are developed by the student under the guidance of a tutor/supervisor and assessed through a series of progress reports and a final dissertation. On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Master of Science in Engineering entitling you to use the letters MSc (Eng) (Open) after your name. Fees and time To achieve the MSc Engineering you must successfully gain 195 credits. The MSc Engineering qualification typically takes between three to four years to complete based on 12-16 hours of study each week. You must complete your MSc within five years of the date your Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering or MEng was awarded. The total cost of the qualification depends on the modules studied (please see the ‘Ready to Register’ tab). As a guide the total fee for 2012/13 academic year was from £10,205 to £13,270. Career impact Employers value the OU MSc Engineering. With this qualification you will: improve your creative problem solving skills improve your ability to turn concepts into a reality improve your project management and team working skills be well placed to take advantage of employment opportunities both at home and abroad. Entry requirements Entry to the MSc requires that you hold our Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (E22) or our MEng (M03). You must register on T802 within four years of completing Team engineering (T885), the final module of the Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering and MEng. You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MSc in Advanced Networking

Online Full time Part time 1 year United Kingdom

This masters degree course consists of a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Networking and an MSc dissertation. The final MSc dissertation module draws together the knowledge and skills you have gained, in a research-based project. Professionals in IT and related fields will benefit from the completion of a dissertation, helping them to develop the skills required for systematically addressing problems in their own organisations. The MSc is also relevant as a... [+]

MSc in Advanced Networking This masters degree course consists of a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Networking and an MSc dissertation. The final MSc dissertation module draws together the knowledge and skills you have gained, in a research-based project. Professionals in IT and related fields will benefit from the completion of a dissertation, helping them to develop the skills required for systematically addressing problems in their own organisations. The MSc is also relevant as a basis for further studies at doctoral level or for anyone working professionally requiring knowledge and experience of advanced networking and research methods. The postgraduate diploma consists of four professional vocational modules, which include the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) materials. It will provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to install, configure and maintain local and wide area networks. You will be provided with hands-on experience of configuring networks at day schools and using online tools. If you complete the diploma you will be able to go on and gain the industry recognised certification by taking the CCNP examinations. Educational aims The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Advanced Networking form a specialist career development programme. The degree is aimed at practising professionals and managers in the fields of network engineering, computing or manufacturing, in related service industries, the public sector or educational organisations, and allows them to obtain the skills required to further their career in network engineering. It aims to: Equip you with the knowledge, understanding and professional skills, to participate in the design, building, assessment or management of advanced data communications networks. Develop your ability to analyse and evaluate problems and draw on the theoretical and technical knowledge to develop solutions and systems. Develop your awareness of current research in data communications networks, the analytical skills and research techniques for their critical and independent evaluation and their application to new problems. There is a strong practical and professional orientation to the programme. If you complete the Postgraduate Diploma part of the programme you will also have the opportunity to gain the industry-recognised CCNP certification by taking the necessary Cisco examinations. Teaching, learning and assessment methods You will acquire knowledge and understanding in the Postgraduate Diploma mainly from the online Cisco study materials, with supporting material provided via reference texts, resources on the Open University website and online discussion forums. Formal assessment of the modules is by way of continuous assessment in the form of the tutor-marked assignments (submitted at fixed points in the module) and an examination for each module. Assessment of the final research project module is based on the production of a 10,000–15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice in the area of networks. Support and advice is given at all stages of the dissertation course by University staff. Cognitive skills are also assessed in the assignments and examinations of the various modules. You will also be provided with practical activities to develop cognitive skills, using specialist tools where appropriate. The research project and dissertation, mandatory for the award of MSc, provides an extended opportunity for you to further develop and be assessed on these skills. Key skills (some of which you will may already have gained in your workplace) can be further demonstrated and developed by this programme through the interim assignments and the research project and dissertation. Professional skills are covered specifically in all four diploma modules, and implicitly as part of the continuous assessment on each module. They are studied and assessed specifically in the research project and dissertation. All teaching and assessment strategies will help you develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to your workplace, and the programme encourages a problem-solving approach to professional tasks in the assignments. The University wishes to emphasise that, while every effort is made to regularly update this site, the material on it is subject to alteration or amendment in the light of changes in regulations or in policy or of financial or other necessity. Career impact Cisco Systems are the market leader in the supply of networking equipment for the internet. They also have a well-established Academy programme aimed at educating network professionals. Cisco qualifications are highly regarded in the networking industry and their position at the leading edge of network development means that their Academy programme is up to date. If you complete this MSc you will be able to go on and gain the industry recognised certification by taking the CCNP examination. Entry requirements To gain the MSc you must first obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Networking (E51). You then carry out research and study in a specialist topic by taking the 60-credit research module. You will need to select a research topic that is in the area of advanced networking. You must complete your MSc within seven years of starting the first module for the diploma. You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. 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. 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MSc in Computing

Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years United Kingdom

With the ability to carry out an independent research-based project, backed up with a wide range of industry relevant modules, the MSc in Computing allows you to showcase your abilities. You start by studying taught modules, either taking a flexible route so you can choose from our wide choice of industry relevant modules or following a more focused route in a specialist area. You then complete the MSc with a research module which enables you to demonstrate your knowledge and... [+]

MSc in Computing With the ability to carry out an independent research-based project, backed up with a wide range of industry relevant modules, the MSc in Computing allows you to showcase your abilities. You start by studying taught modules, either taking a flexible route so you can choose from our wide choice of industry relevant modules or following a more focused route in a specialist area. You then complete the MSc with a research module which enables you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in the computing field. This provides you with an excellent platform for further research studies. Designed for those with a bachelors degree in computing or a related discipline, or who have extensive industrial experience in this area, this qualification brings together theory and practice and allows you to draw on your own background and experience. With the aim of developing a professional approach to the study and application of computing this qualification incorporates study and transferable skills applicable to your employment and continuing professional development. This MSc Computing also offers you the opportunity to specialise either in information security and forensics, or in software engineering. The title of your qualification will reflect this: MSc in Computing (Software Engineering) or MSc in Computing (Information Security and Forensics). Whichever study route you choose, you begin by studying a taught module component, followed by a research project. For the specialist routes you are required to study a project topic in the specialist area. The taught modules component of the flexible route allows you to choose four 30-credit modules from our computing and related curriculum. Designed to meet the varied requirements of industry, this route allows you to choose the relevant modules for your specific career needs. If you follow either of the specialist routes you must complete two compulsory modules, and two optional modules from the remaining computing and related curriculum. The compulsory modules are intended to give you in-depth, specialist knowledge in these areas, while the optional modules allow you to focus on additional knowledge and skills for your chosen career. Educational aims The MSc in Computing is an intensive programme of study designed specifically for graduates of computing and related disciplines, and for those with appropriate industrial experience. The qualification enables you to develop your knowledge and skills in computing and to promote a professional attitude to the application of those skills. The qualification will: give you the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective professional in the computing industry. develop your abilities in the critical evaluation of the theories, practices and systems used in a range of areas of computing. provide you with selected specialised areas of study so that you can experience and develop the frontiers of practice and research in focussed aspects of computing and its application. encourage you, through the provision of appropriate educational activities, to develop study and transferable skills applicable to your employment and your continuing professional development. In addition, if you are following a specialist pathway your qualification will: enable you to develop a deeper understanding of a specialist area of computing enable you to contribute to future developments in the field provide the opportunity for you to develop and apply research skills, focused on a substantial practical project. Teaching, learning and assessment methods You will learn independently, using online teaching texts; multi-media packages on CD DVD and the Web; directed reading from textbooks and academic and industry papers and specialised software tools. We will support your learning with: self-assessment questions and exercises computer-based investigations, tasks and activities, and open-ended project work feedback and guidance from tutors and other subject specialists computer conferences and other online forums study guides, information and guidance packs. We will assess your learning using some or all of the following: interactive computer marked assignments (iCMAs) tutor-marked assessments (TMAs) formal examinations end of module assessments (EMAs) progress and project reports. There will be opportunities for you to: apply your learning in practical contexts, for example by reflecting on your own engagement with computing systems in a home, work or social setting engage with fellow students, tutors, subject practitioners and academic specialists in online group and small group events engage with research papers and industry white papers at the forefront of the discipline gain exposure to the professional and employability discussions that are shaping the computing profession. Cognitive skills are developed via a range of activities including self-assessment exercises, multi-media tasks, tutor-led discussions, and the exploration of open and complex problems. Tutor-mediated online activities and student and tutor conference facilities provide an environment for critical discussion and peer interaction. Tutor feedback on formal exercises aids the development of these skills. Cognitive skills will be assessed by addressing problems requiring investigation, analysis and synthesis. These will be examined in TMAs and examinations, and TMAs and the project will offer opportunities to demonstrate integration of knowledge and skills from a range of topics. Key skills are taught and developed throughout the teaching materials; supported by tutor feedback and guidance around formal activities and assessed exercises. You will undertake both direct and self-selected reading, and there is progressive development of your engagement and use of these materials. Various types of assessment questions, project reports and some open-ended activity progress reports will be used to formally assess the skills taught. Practical and professional skills will be taught and developed throughout the qualification, with support from tutors and subject specialists. TMA, EMA and project progress and final reports will included assessment points related to practical and professional skills. You will be supported in developing a style of independent learning and reflective practice that encourages a professional engagement with the computing discipline, encompassing professional codes of conduct and legal, social and ethical concerns. Some aspects of professional practice will be taught and developed but may not be assessed. The University wishes to emphasise that, while every effort is made to regularly update this site, the material on it is subject to alteration or amendment in the light of changes in regulations or in policy or of financial or other necessity. Career impact The modules in the postgraduate computing programme are for professional computer specialists, engineers, technical managers and scientists who need to update their skills and knowledge in specific areas, and gain recognised qualifications to develop their careers. They have been developed to combine theoretical and practical aspects of computing, to enable you to become an effective professional in the computing industry. In addition they aim to encourage you, through the provision of appropriate educational activities, to develop study and transferable skills applicable to your employment and your continuing professional development. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MSc in Development Management

Online Full time Part time United Kingdom

This MSc is for anyone with a professional and/or personal interest in development and a desire to bring about good change. It addresses the needs both of those who would label themselves development managers, and those, such as engineers, health workers, educationists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists, who need the capacity to manage development if they are to do their work effectively. It engages with development at all levels, from the local to the... [+]

MSc in Development Management This MSc is for anyone with a professional and/or personal interest in development and a desire to bring about good change. It addresses the needs both of those who would label themselves development managers, and those, such as engineers, health workers, educationists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists, who need the capacity to manage development if they are to do their work effectively. It engages with development at all levels, from the local to the global, and is as relevant in rural as in urban contexts. It addresses development in diverse fields, including health and well-being, livelihoods, education, the environment, war and resettlement, infrastructure, with the issues of poverty and inequality running through all. It takes theory seriously; consciously and constantly linking it to practice and policy, looking to enhance the competence of individuals and the capacity of agencies to undertake development successfully. This MSc is the major qualification in our development management programme. It is designed for anyone in government, non-governmental organisations, international and inter-governmental agencies and public and private enterprises, who have responsibility for development interventions, programmes and policies. It is also of value for anyone wishing to move into such areas, or who for personal and/or professional reasons wants to build up a better understanding of the complex processes labelled ‘development’, with a view to managing those processes better. It deliberately links development management theory with the realities of development policy and practice, and aims to equip those undertaking it to be better agents of development. It provides a range of opportunities for you to: build up knowledge and understanding of how development theory, policy and practice have themselves developed, and a critical appreciation of the ways in which development is managed explore key development issues, including poverty, inequality, complex emergencies, migration, health, employment and livelihoods, education, governance, and the relationships between the agencies who undertake development examine and practise the use of tools that contribute to situational and stakeholder analysis, participation, project and programme planning, implementation and evaluation develop key skills necessary for managing development, in particular the skills of strategic thinking and planning, relationship building, mapping and modelling, negotiation and brokering, and the research and associated skills required to build up an evidence-based understanding of development management problems and to make a case for change share learning with students drawn from over 100 countries working in diverse development fields critically reflect on development management theory, policy and practice, not least your own. Throughout the MSc you are encouraged to make connexions between your learning on the MSc and your own involvement in development. The MSc is the highest level of qualification in our development management programme, which also offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management (C48), Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development (C67), Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development (C96) and Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37). All of these can serve as building blocks for the MSc. Educational aims The MSc degree aims to: enhance knowledge of the changing dynamics of development policy and management expand the conceptual and practical skills for taking an international perspective on management combine study of development management with special areas of organisational management, environment and social policy facilitate critical and creative thinking about multi-organisational and institutional development. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Knowledge and understanding are gained from supported open learning core course texts, associated readings, audio CDs and DVDs. Core module texts are designed to guide you gradually through concepts and practical examples. You will have the opportunity to engage in regular learning activities that allow you to assess your progress and understanding. Cognitive (or thinking) and key skills are developed throughout the module texts, associated readings and in two published textbooks written for the programme. These skills are further enhanced through critical examination of case studies and examples and through the in-text activities. Professional/practical skills are reinforced through activities and assessment questions that require personal reflection. Tutors who are selected for their knowledge of the subject areas and experience in its practical application support your learning by phone, letter, fax, email, or email conference when required. The core modules in the diploma and also many elective modules make extensive use of electronic working in delivery, assessment, tutor–student support and student–student support. Students from the UK and worldwide are therefore able to study this programme whilst remaining in full-time employment. The above knowledge, understanding and skills are assessed formally via the regular assignments and an examinable component at the end of each module. Your understanding and skills are reinforced by support from tutors in the form of feedback based on your assignment answers. The examinable component is an unseen examination or an end-of-module essay/report. The Development management project module that you normally take to complete your MSc requires that you develop a project proposal on a topic of your choice, to study in depth within the area of development management. You are supported by a project supervisor and produce four continuously assessed reports that lead to a final project report of 10, 000 words. The project, mandatory for the award of MSc, provides an extended opportunity for you, working on your own initiative, to further demonstrate and be assessed on the above knowledge, understanding and skills that have been developed throughout the programme. The University wishes to emphasise that, while every effort is made to regularly update this site, the material on it is subject to alteration or amendment in the light of changes in regulations or in policy or of financial or other necessity. Career impact The MSc facilitates the building up of a range of competences that are vital for people engaged in development and for the agencies, in all sectors, that employ them. These competences, which cover the whole range of development management processes, from problem identification, through policy development, project and programme design, planning and implementation, to evaluation and critical assessment, are of various kinds. They include: knowledge and understanding of particular development problems – most obviously poverty and inequality – and of ways of thinking about and responding to these problems strategic thinking, including mapping and modelling skills, both about development problems and about the relationships, particularly between organisations, that are required to manage these problems and bring about solutions negotiation and brokering skills that make possible joint action in contexts characterised by differences, often conflicts, of interests, values, meanings and agendas practical skills for creating, establishing and evaluating development policy, projects and programmes research skills that are fundamental for establishing evidence-based policy and practice. Also throughout the MSc you will be encouraged to develop the critical reflection that is essential if policy and practice are to be improved. Given this, you can be confident of the value of your MSc to any organisation concerned with bringing about good change. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MSc in Earth Science

Online Full time Part time 1 - 10 years United Kingdom

This MSc course explores current aspects of Earth science, investigating how the Earth’s lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere are dependent upon each other, interacting across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. You will learn to critically evaluate current research and gain skills that allow you to update your... [+]

MSc in Earth Science This MSc course explores current aspects of Earth science, investigating how the Earth’s lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere are dependent upon each other, interacting across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. You will learn to critically evaluate current research and gain skills that allow you to update your knowledge of Earth science. You will investigate how to deal with complex interacting Earth systems, how to quanitify fluxes within the Earth system and understand the climatic consequences of changing the balance between different components. You will learn how to communicate scientific information to specialists and non-specialists. Educational aims The overall aim of the qualification is to develop knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills, key skills and practical and professional skills in the study of Earth Science, using a systems approach. In summary, the aims of the qualification are to allow you to: develop an understanding of scientific principles and current issues underlying the main areas of Earth Science critically reflect on how these processes operating over a range of temporal and spatial scales impact on present and future socio-economic systems develop the skills and a critical understanding of methodological approaches essential to postgraduate study in science. After completing the qualification you should be able to: use electronic means of communication, information searching and retrieval critically assess literature in Earth Science prepare an extended piece of writing, scientific reviews, and an online presentation that critically engage with current theoretical, methodological and/or practical issues in Earth Science. Generic skills developed in assignments include: use of text and electronic resources, reflection on developing understanding of overarching themes in the qualification, critical reading, comprehension, communication to specialist and non-specialist audiences, synthesis of information, critical understanding of complex scientific issues. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Knowledge and understanding are acquired from specially prepared teaching materials using a variety of learning approaches, which may include self-assessment questions, working with audio and visual learning materials, reference electronic texts, directed reading, electronic journals, computer conferencing and web-based resources. You will work independently with the teaching materials, but may form self-help groups with other students, communicating online in module or individual study group forums, by email, telephone or face-to-face. Tutors will support your learning individually and within groups, electronically. Skills are developed throughout the programme in parallel with knowledge and understanding. Career impact Completing this MSc course will equip you with a set of key transferable skills, which will be relevant to Earth science, as well as providing you with a basis of postgraduate level science skills. You will learn to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in your field of study as well as evaluating research methodologies. You will discover how to deal with complex issues and make sound judgements and decisions in complex and unpredictable situations. You will learn to communicate information and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences 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 nature of this qualification will develop your independent learning skills and enhance your ICT skills in locating information and communicating with others in both professional and academic contexts. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MSc in Environmental Management

Online Full time Part time 1 year United Kingdom

With this MSc course you can expand your knowledge of environmental management and develop the skills to participate in more effective, informed and creative environmental decision making. It is the highest level of qualification within the environmental management programme and enables you to build on your studies at postgraduate certificate and diploma levels. This MSc offers you the choice of a ‘research’ route or a ‘professional’ route. Both routes provide a rigorous... [+]

MSc in Environmental Management With this MSc course you can expand your knowledge of environmental management and develop the skills to participate in more effective, informed and creative environmental decision making. It is the highest level of qualification within the environmental management programme and enables you to build on your studies at postgraduate certificate and diploma levels. This MSc offers you the choice of a ‘research’ route or a ‘professional’ route. Both routes provide a rigorous approach to solving complex real world problems and develop the essential skills for successfully addressing environmental issues. From complying with environmental legislation to improving the competitive edge of a business and addressing the global challenges of climate change and energy conservation, environmental management is becoming increasingly important to everyone. Our environmental management postgraduate programme was established to meet the challenges of environmental decision making in the context of a changing world. It is designed to meet the needs of specialists, managers and the public for postgraduate level environmental education. Everyday concerns of environmental protection, natural resource management and rapidly changing environmental legislation and policy are considered in global and local contexts. The modules teach the skills you need to unpack the issues and participate creatively in the process of improving environmental performance in all sectors of society. Our environmental management programme offers a postgraduate certificate, a postgraduate diploma and an MSc. Whatever your background these qualifications will widen your knowledge of the environment and develop your skills in making informed decisions about environmental issues, whether at work, in your community or at home. Educational aims This programme aims to: provide masters level study of environmental management and related issues provide career and personal development for current and potential professional environmental specialists, as well as for those seeking to develop their general understanding of environmental issues enable you to develop skills in environmental management that can be applied in businesses, commerce, government, communities and other areas of your life enable you to develop the academic skills appropriate to independent postgraduate study of environmental issues. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Knowledge and understanding are gained from module texts, associated readings, DVDs, web-based resources, assignments and computer forums. Core module printed and online texts are designed to guide you through concepts and practical examples. You can assess your own progress and understanding by using the in-text questions and exercises within each module. Formal assessment of the taught modules is by way of continuous assessment in the form of the assignments (which are submitted electronically) and by an end-of-module examination or project. Cognitive skills and processes are assessed in the assignments of the various modules. Assignments develop your skills in interpreting data, solving problems and formulating solutions. They will test your ability to analyse and evaluate situations and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of environmental decision making. Your understanding and skills are reinforced by support from tutors in the form of feedback based on your assignment answers. Your tutors are selected for their knowledge of the subject areas and experience in its practical application. They support your learning by phone, email, letter, fax, or online forum. Career impact Our environmental management programme is for people who are interested in designing, managing and participating in more effective environmental decision-making processes. For example, if you are involved in setting up or responding to environmental or integrated management systems, planning new development projects or are trying to understand or manage sustainability. Students on our environmental management programme are drawn from industry, commerce, local and national governments, consultancies, non-governmental organisations and communities. They include people already involved in environmental management and those who wish to be – both personally and professionally. You can select modules that are most relevant to your interests and career aspirations as your study builds from postgraduate certificate through diploma to MSc. The ‘professional’ route, where you take the MSc professional project as your final module is particularly suitable if you want to develop your career in industry, commerce, the public sector or the third sector. The ‘research’ route is more applicable if you intend to develop a career in research or go on to undertake study leading to a PhD or other research degree. Whichever route you follow, this qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in this expanding sector. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MSc in Finance

Online Full time Part time 3 - 7 years United Kingdom

The MSc in Finance is for individuals who want to develop as finance professionals. The scope of the knowledge, skills and applications covered in this qualification enables professional development and practice in wide-ranging roles in finance such as investment and portfolio management, corporate finance and treasury, consultancy and investment banking... [+]

MSc in Finance The MSc in Finance is for individuals who want to develop as finance professionals. The scope of the knowledge, skills and applications covered in this qualification enables professional development and practice in wide-ranging roles in finance such as investment and portfolio management, corporate finance and treasury, consultancy and investment banking. Both early career finance professionals and those aspiring to enter a finance profession will find our MSc in Finance a professionally rewarding and intellectually challenging experience. It also offers an opportunity to acquire and develop research skills and techniques relevant to higher academic qualifications in finance. This is a rigorous masters degree requiring aptitude for analytical and quantitative methods to engage with theories of finance and their applications. It will provide a grounding in finance discipline areas such as corporate finance, financial decision-making, portfolio management, financial and risk management, financial reporting, governance and an introduction to Islamic finance and behavioural finance. Through the study of our MSc in Finance you will be able to: gain an up-to-date perspective on both theory and practice in national and international contexts estimate cost of capital, to evaluate company and project valuations apply the knowledge of financial risk management techniques appreciate the importance of corporate governance and ethical issues in finance and acquaint yourself with essential features of Islamic finance learn and apply the most important tools for financial analysis and decision support in corporations, financial institutions and other organisations learn to critically evaluate the rigour and validity of published research and assess its relevance to new situations learn to apply some of the research techniques to form your own views on the theory and its application in practice develop professional finance and investment management practice. Educational aims The scope of the knowledge, skills and applications covered in this MSc aims to provide you with a masters-level educational experience in the specialist area of finance. The key objectives of the qualification are to enable you to: develop an up-to-date perspective on both theory and practice in national and international contexts strengthen your ability to keep pace with future developments in financial management including the knowledge of markets, players and instruments learn and apply with the tools used for financial analysis and decision support in corporations, financial institutions and other organisations develop appropriate information search, retrieval and analytical skills in the digital environment critically evaluate the rigour and validity of published research and assess its relevance to new situations demonstrate ability to apply some of the research techniques to form their own views on the theory and its application in practice. Teaching, learning and assessment methods The overall teaching will offer an integrated learning experience using a wide range of teaching and learning resources and assessment approaches. This will include study of materials supplied by OU, online tuition provided by a tutor, activities including reflective practice, practical exercises, literature review, critiquing and collaboration with other students and finally, continuous and end-of-module assessments. The study materials will include a range of specially-written module materials, case studies, original texts, study guides assignments and multi-media material. A tutor will communicate with you via a tutor group forum. The tutor is your first point of contact. They will answer questions on materials,, mark assignments and run online tutorials. You will be expected to engage in range of activities including reading texts, solving numerical problems and scenarios, researching and using relevant literature on contemporary issues in finance and applying theories to practical situations. Cognitive and practical skills are developed through a range of activities within the modules including prompted and guided search and retrieval of information, literature and databases You will work on case studies based around financial accounts. Case studies, reports and activities will be provided to enable you to practice financial calculations and company valuations. The materials and the tutor support will help you to develop your skills in managing workloads. You will spend a large percentage of time working under your own direction and initiative. Throughout the MSc your progress and learning is measured by tutor-marked assignments and examinations. Each 30-credit module will have two tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and one end-of-module examination. Assignments and examinations will demonstrate your understanding of principles and relevant theories and their application to problem-solving situations. In addition these will demonstrate your ability to critically read and comment on academic literature in cognate areas. They will also require evidence of practical and professional skills as well as demonstrated levels of knowledge and understanding. The final dissertation module will be an independent piece of academic or applied piece of research that will provide you with the opportunity to learn and demonstrate research skills and to develop a deeper understanding of one or more parts of the qualification curriculum. Fees For the academic year 2014/15 the tuition fee for students based outside the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland is £12,030. Unlike many schools, the OU fee includes the cost of books and study materials, access to a bespoke e-learning environment and project supervision. Time required The MSc can be achieved in three years based on approximiately 12 hours of study per week. You can complete the MSc in a shorter time but you should allow 12-13 hours of study a week for each 30 credit module you study. From November 2014 you will have the option to complete your MSc in two years, but you will only have a full selection of optional modules if you take your first module in November rather than May. You must complete this qualification within seven years. Career impact This qualification offers knowledge in a wide range of finance areas that include corporate finance function, investments, banking and financial institutions and risk management. You will gain both theoretical and practical insights into the working of financial markets, valuation of securities, understanding financial statements, risk management and portfolio management. You will develop the skills and capabilities required by investment analysts, finance managers, finance directors and chief financial officers. Exploring issues related to ethics and corporate governance, reporting and disclosure, financing and investment in uncertain and global business environments will equip you to support decision making at the higher levels of organisations. Prudent practice of finance is relevant across all sectors – public, private and voluntary. This qualification will therefore prepare you to work in the corporate sector, financial services, banking industry, multinational organisations and other sectors where analytical and decision tools in treasury, investment and financing decisions are required. Through a carefully chosen dissertation you will be further able to analyse the financial issues in a particular context. This qualification will also provide sound training in research and academic skills for those wishing to develop academic careers in finance. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MSc in Human Resource Management

Online Full time Part time 2 - 7 years United Kingdom

The MSc in Human Resource Management offers an in-depth understanding of human resource (HR) management combined with a broader understanding of the organisational and management context within which HR management specialists must operate. It combines an emphasis on the development of HR management strategies with opportunities to develop specialist skills... [+]

MSc in Human Resource Management The MSc in Human Resource Management offers an in-depth understanding of human resource (HR) management combined with a broader understanding of the organisational and management context within which HR management specialists must operate. It combines an emphasis on the development of HR management strategies with opportunities to develop specialist skills essential for practitioners. It is suitable for those who are at the start of their career as an HR professional or who aspire to enter the HR profession and it is also relevant to the experienced manager/HR professional with a degree who wants to gain a postgraduate qualification. The qualification is intended to provide a route to professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development CIPD (provisional approval for the qualification has been obtained from CIPD). Throughout the MSc you will be encouraged to explore the strategic choices available to organisations in relation to human resource management and development. You will also consider international examples of human resource management and some aspects of comparative HR practice which will help to prepare you to work in the global economy. There will be a strong emphasis on practice-based learning so that you will be asked to evaluate research and theory and consider its relevance to practice. Training is also provided in academic and research skills, as preparation for further study and research in the field of HR management. This qualification is offered online and so offers you the flexibility to study in your own time and to fit your study around your family and work commitments. You will take part in online discussions and work collaboratively with students from a wide range of organisational backgrounds including those working in other countries. You will need to be able to draw on experience of working in or with organisations but this experience can be drawn from a wide range of situations such as employment in public and private sector organisations and in self-employed or voluntary roles. Through studying the MSc in Human Resource Management you will be able to: understand the role of the HR professional, the nature of professionalism and approaches to addressing ethical dilemmas gain an up to date perspective on organisational theory and behaviour assess the impact of the external context on the choices made about human resource management strategy; this includes globalisation and international forces, social and technological change and government policies and regulation develop organisational strategies in relation to HR issues, including employee relations and employee engagement; learning and development, and employee resourcing and talent management access and evaluate relevant published research and information across a range of areas relevant to the management and development of people in organisations develop the skills to assess the relevance of theory for practice and apply it where appropriate to improve practice conduct research into business and management issues from a human resource management perspective develop skills essential for HR work such as: leading and working in teams, making decisions, managing financial information, communicating effectively and helping others to learn. Educational aims The MSc in Human Resource Management provides you with a masters-level educational experience in the specialist area of human resource management. The key objectives of the qualification are to: enable you to understand the role of the HR professional, the nature of professionalism and approaches to addressing ethical dilemmas provide you with the skills and understanding needed to address business and change management issues and to work at a strategic level in the organisation provide you with the skills and understanding needed to develop specific organisational strategies in relation to HR issues such as employee relations, employee engagement, learning and development, employee resourcing and talent management provide you with the skills to conduct research into business and management issues from a human resources management perspective provide you with the skills to assess the relevance of theory for practice and apply it where appropriate to improve practice develop people management skills essential for HR work such as: selection interviewing; appraisal interviewing; disciplinary interviewing; delivering training; making presentations; project management and managing performance. Practical and/or professional skills On completion of this degree you will be able to: lead and influence others effectively learn through reflection on practice and experience recognise ethical issues and use professional and ethical values to address these conduct research into business and management issues from a human resource management perspective, using digital information technologies as articulated in the Digital Information Literacy Levels Framework. demonstrate people management skills essential for HR work such as: selection interviewing; appraisal interviewing; disciplinary interviewing; delivering training; making presentations; project management and managing performance interpret financial information and manage financial resources manage and communicate information using IT applications and software packages, in accordance with the requirements of the Digital Information Literacy Levels Framework. Teaching, learning and assessment methods The overall teaching across the qualification will offer an integrated learning experience. This will include study of materials supplied by the OU, online tuition provided by the tutor, activities including reflective practice, practical exercises, literature review and critiquing and collaborations with other students and finally continuous and end-of-module assessment. The study materials will include a range of specially-written materials, case studies, original texts, study guides and assignments and multi-media material. You will be expected to engage in range of activities including reading texts, solving numerical problems and scenarios, researching and using relevant literature on contemporary issues and applying theories to practical situations Your tutor is your first point of contact and they will communicate with you via a tutor group forum. They will answer questions on materials and mark assignments. You will be allocated a specialist HR tutor who will present online tutorials and online activities, give advice and guidance and assess assignments. Programme days will be provided as an additionally-priced resource, and will be compulsory if you are seeking CIPD accreditation. These will provide opportunities to practise professional skills and to work collaboratively on case study activities with other students. They will also incorporate some face-to-face teaching. Knowledge and understanding will be assessed through examinations, assessed assignments and online collaborative activities. Each 30-credit module will have two tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and an examination or end-of-module assessment (EMA). The 60-credit dissertation module will provide training in research skills and will be assessed through a 10-15,000 word dissertation. The dissertation will be an independent piece of academic or applied research that will provide opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate research skills, and to develop deeper understanding of one or more parts of the curriculum. Cognitive and practical skills are developed through a range of activities in each module. Case studies allow you to engage with human resource management issues in a range of contexts, and these will include international case studies. You will be prompted throughout the modules to search for and retrieve information in a digital environment, and will be given guidance on the use of databases. Online discussions and assessment activities will help you to develop and demonstrate critical thinking about the application of theory to practice. Self-awareness, reflective learning and continuous professional development will be introduced in compulsory modules of B863 and B864 and you will be expected to keep a portfolio which will evidence your development of these skills. Further development of these skills will be a continuing theme throughout the programme. Guidance on communication skills will be provided in study materials, and they will be further developed through written assessments and online discussion forums. You will work collaboratively online with colleagues in activities which will contribute to module assessments. The University wishes to emphasise that, while every effort is made to regularly update this site, the material on it is subject to alteration or amendment in the light of changes in regulations or in policy or of financial or other necessity. Fees For the academic year 2014/15 the tuition fee for students based outside the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland is £12,030. Unlike many schools, the OU fee includes the cost of books and study materials, access to a bespoke e-learning environment and project supervision. Time required The MSc can be achieved in three years based on approximiately 12 hours of study per week. You can complete the MSc in a shorter time but you should allow 12-13 hours of study a week for each 30 credit module you study. From November 2014 you will have the option to complete your MSc in two years, but you will only have a full selection of optional modules if you take your first module in November rather than May. You must complete this qualification within seven years. Career impact This qualification is intended to provide a route to professional membership of the CIPD if you wish to develop a career in HR management. It will also provide training in research and academic skills if you want to develop an academic career in the field of HR management. More generally, by studying a postgraduate business qualification you can expect your salary to increase and for it to have a positive impact on your career progression, as well as bringing improvements to their organisation. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MSc in Mathematics

Online Full time Part time United Kingdom

The MSc in Mathematics course has been designed for students who want to continue their mathematics studies by delving more deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics. The modules may well be of interest to mathematically inclined scientists and engineers as well as to mathematicians... [+]

MSc in Mathematics The MSc in Mathematics course has been designed for students who want to continue their mathematics studies by delving more deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics. The modules may well be of interest to mathematically inclined scientists and engineers as well as to mathematicians. Educational aims The MSc in Mathematics is designed for you if you want to continue your studies by delving more deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics. The range of modules offered is sufficiently varied to interest mathematically inclined scientists and engineers as well as mathematicians. Teaching, learning and assessment methods All relevant material is provided and taught in the module texts and through the study of set books. You will build up your knowledge gradually, with sufficient in-text examples to support your understanding. You will be able to assess your own progress and understanding by using the in-text problems and exercises at the end of each unit. Opportunity to engage with what is taught is provided by means of the assignment questions and your understanding will be reinforced by personal feedback from your tutor in the form of comments based on the answers to your assignments. Your understanding of principles, concepts and techniques will be assessed through tutor marked assignments questions and the final three-hour examination on each module (except M840). Career impact Mathematics is at the heart of advances in science, engineering and technology, as well as being an indispensable problem-solving and decision-making tool in many other areas of life. It is no surprise therefore that mathematics postgraduates can be found throughout industry, business and commerce, in the public and private sectors. Employers value the intellectual rigour and reasoning skills that mathematics students can acquire, their familiarity with numerical and symbolic thinking and the analytic approach to problem-solving which is their hallmark. There are a variety of reasons for studying mathematics at postgraduate level. You may want a postgraduate qualification in order to distinguish yourself from an increasingly large graduate population. You may find, particularly if you are a professional programmer or work in finance, that your undergraduate mathematical knowledge is becoming insufficient for your career requirements, especially if you are hoping to specialise in one of the more mathematical areas, which are becoming more sought after by employers. The extent of opportunities is vast and mathematics postgraduates are equipped with skills and knowledge required for jobs in fields such as finance, education, engineering, science and business, as well as mathematics and mathematical science research. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MSc in Science

Online Full time Part time 1 - 7 years August 2017 United Kingdom Buckingham + 1 more

This MSc course offers an opportunity to examine some of contemporary science's most pressing issues and to develop a wide range of skills associated with masters-level study. You can choose any of the current modules within the postgraduate science programme, which means that you can tailor this MSc to suit your own interests. Our modules include areas such as Earth science, medicinal chemistry, medical physics and science and society. Most modules are taught, but there is also... [+]

MSc in Science This MSc course offers an opportunity to examine some of contemporary science's most pressing issues and to develop a wide range of skills associated with masters-level study. You can choose any of the current modules within the postgraduate science programme, which means that you can tailor this MSc to suit your own interests. Our modules include areas such as Earth science, medicinal chemistry, medical physics and science and society. Most modules are taught, but there is also a project module, enabling you to undertake a substantial piece of independent research. You can also include some options from other disciplines. Educational aims This is a broad-based taught masters science degree which aims to provide you with: an opportunity to study in depth, at masters level, specific areas of science based upon the strands, Frontiers in Medical Science and Science Studies an understanding of current knowledge in the strand areas and of key debates at the forefront of their knowledge an understanding of principles and methodologies that inform current research in the strand areas the tools to enable you to obtain and record information and then synthesise what you have learnt into a coherent piece of writing as an extended essay, review, poster or conference contribution support and guidance to develop as an independent learner. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Knowledge and understanding are acquired from specially prepared teaching materials using a variety of learning approaches which may include self-assessment and in-text questions, CD-ROMs, DVDs, reference texts, computer-aided learning packages, directed reading, electronic journals, computer conferencing and web-based resources together with face-to-face teaching. You will work independently with the teaching materials, but may form self-help groups with other students, communicating face-to-face, by telephone, email and computer conferencing. Tutors will support your learning electronically and in day schools organised nationally. Skills are developed throughout the programme in parallel with knowledge and understanding. Assessment is by a combination of tutor-marked assignments requiring answers ranging from short to extended essay length, short reviews written on your chosen topic, posters, and electronic conference participation. In addition, you will have many opportunities for self-assessment, within module texts, on CD-ROMs or DVDs. The University wishes to emphasise that, while every effort is made to regularly update this site, the material on it is subject to alteration or amendment in the light of changes in regulations or in policy or of financial or other necessity. Career impact Completing this qualification will equip you with a base of postgraduate level knowledge and understanding in science as well as providing you with a set of key transferable skills which will be relevant to your career. You will learn to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in your field of study as well as evaluating research methodologies. You will discover how to deal with complex issues and make sound judgements and decisions in complex and unpredictable situations. You will learn to communicate information and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences 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 nature of this MSc course will develop your independent learning skills and enhance your ICT skills in locating information and communicating with others in both professional and academic contexts. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice

Online Full time Part time 1 year United Kingdom

This MSc course builds on your diploma studies and provides you with the opportunity to carry out an investigation into an aspect of systems thinking that is of personal or professional interest to you or conduct a more academic in-depth research project. Both routes will enable you to extend your knowledge of recent research in your chosen area and become competent in relevant research methods. It will also develop your capability to plan, organise and carry out an extended... [+]

MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice This MSc course builds on your diploma studies and provides you with the opportunity to carry out an investigation into an aspect of systems thinking that is of personal or professional interest to you or conduct a more academic in-depth research project. Both routes will enable you to extend your knowledge of recent research in your chosen area and become competent in relevant research methods. It will also develop your capability to plan, organise and carry out an extended independent study at masters level. This MSc course looks at the way you think and naturally approach a task or situation. Every person brings with them their own perspective, which means that we all see things in different ways. The discipline of systems thinking in practice will provide you with the tools to challenge your approach to complex situations; to consider the roles other people play; to assess how all the different components within that situation are related; and to provide you with the skills to think more holistically and to work more collaboratively to avoid systemic failures. Educational aims In this MSc, we aim to: introduce systems methodologies, concepts and theories, and apply them in contexts of your choice define the distinctive ethical nature of systems practice and relate it to many different fields enable you to understand how systems ideas can be used in a field of your choice equip you with the skills to design and carry out systemic inquiries to improve situations in domains of your choice provide opportunities for you to gain experience in systems practice through a project of your own choice that may contribute to professional development enable you to gain independence and confidence in your use of systems techniques in real-world situations so that you can work both with and without guidance. Teaching, learning and assessment methods You gain knowledge and understanding mainly from the study texts, with supporting material provided via reference texts, forums and web-based resources. You will be able to assess your own progress and understanding by using the in-text problems and exercises within each unit. Associate Lecturers (part time tutors), who are selected for their knowledge of the subject area and experience in its practical application, support your learning by phone, letter, email or online conference when required. The principles and methods will be described in the study texts with many examples. You will be provided with practical activities such as blogging to develop your cognitive skills in the field of Systems Practice. These skills are delivered through the core study materials with worked examples and exercises. The emphasis is on supported individual learning. Your skills will be assessed in the assignments and examinations of the various modules. Assignments are carefully designed, complex pieces of work, which will test your ability to analyse situations and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of Systems Practice. The programme is aimed at people with a professional interest in Systems. It is assumed that you will have already gained some of these key skills in the workplace. The programme does, however, provide the opportunity for demonstration and further development of these skills through the research project. You are expected to work largely under your own direction, reflecting on your own performance, identifying your own learning needs and developing learning strategies. You are encouraged to reflect on the response to your assignments in order to improve your understanding and your performance in future assessments. The programme introduces you to various situations from which you can learn. Assignments develop your skills in learning, communication, and understanding of problematic and complex situations. Communicating this activity to your tutor in a coherent form is a requirement of assignments while tutor feedback on these supports your learning. You will be encouraged to participate with other students and tutors using electronic conferencing to discuss both study specific issues and related topics of wider interest. Formal assessment of the modules is by way of continuous assessment in the form of TMAs (three for each of the 30-credit modules in the core and a similar proportion across the rest of the curriculum). Career impact Those with technical interests and responsibilities will find this masters qualification useful to them in their work. It will also provide the opportunity for those wanting to progress to demonstrate their potential to develop new skills. The flexibility of the choice of module allows you to tailor the content to your needs and can be applicable in a wide range of industry sectors; in particular manufacturing, IT and science. The study of systems thinking and practice provides knowledge and understanding that is equally applicable in the public and private sectors. If you are self employed you may also find the knowledge developed by studying this combination of modules provides the opportunity to take a more objective and innovative view of the systems they have already created and how to change these for the future. Entry requirements You need to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice (E28) in order to be able to study the MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice. The MSc offers you the choice of a ‘research’ route or a ‘professional’ route to this qualification. Both routes help you to develop essential skills for systematically and successfully addressing systems thinking issues in your own organisation and in a wider context. If you are interested in a more business-oriented qualification, you can take The MSc professional project (T847) and complete your qualification with a module from a short list of relevant options. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MSc in Technology Management

Online Full time Part time 1 - 8 years United Kingdom

This qualification offers both a ‘research’ route and a ‘professional’ route to the MSc in Technology Management. If you need a more professionally-oriented qualification you can take The MSc professional project (T847) (30 credits). If you prefer a more research-oriented MSc, you can take the 60-credit Research project (T802). Both offer a rigorous approach to solving complex real world problems and offer essential skills for systematically and successfully addressing... [+]

MSc in Technology Management This qualification offers both a ‘research’ route and a ‘professional’ route to the MSc in Technology Management. If you need a more professionally-oriented qualification you can take The MSc professional project (T847) (30 credits). If you prefer a more research-oriented MSc, you can take the 60-credit Research project (T802). Both offer a rigorous approach to solving complex real world problems and offer essential skills for systematically and successfully addressing technology management issues in your own organisation and wider contexts. The longer research project allows more in-depth study and further develops your academic research skills. Both modules provide an excellent platform for further research studies. The effective management of technology is essential if all the potential benefits for individuals and organisations are to be realised. Technology has the capability to transform products and processes and can make a huge contribution to organisational performance and even to national well-being. Technology managers need to make complex decisions associated with identification and evaluation of technologies, developing new or improved products and processes and integrating technology with other business processes, and to manage change required by technology implementation. There is an increasing demand across public, private and not-for-profit sectors for people with the vision and the operational and strategic capability to plan, develop and manage technology effectively. This MSc will provide you with the knowledge and skills critical to making the right decisions about technology acquisition, exploitation and implementation, and to really make a difference to your organisation, and your own professional development. The modules studied as part of your postgraduate certificate and diploma are designed to progressively develop your knowledge and skills. Certificate study focuses on the operational aspects of managing technological change and the diploma’s emphasis is on the strategic management of technology. The MSc involves in depth investigation of a technology management topic or problem of your choice. Throughout your studies you have opportunities to apply your learning to your own particular technology context and so add value to your career and your workplace while you are studying. The modules are designed to be relevant whatever your personal background and experience – the knowledge and skills taught can be applied to all types of technology and all economic sectors. If technology is a significant success factor in your organisation or role then technology management is relevant to you. Our students are drawn from a very wide range of backgrounds including IT, manufacturing, healthcare, defence, financial services, local and national government services. Educational aims The Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Technology Management form a specialist career development programme. It is aimed at technical specialists or those with experience of technology management. This programme is also suitable for those with general management or administration experience where you have taken a particular interest in the technological dimensions of organisation and management. The main emphasis of the programme is on masters-level study in the area of the management of technology. It focuses in particular on innovation, entrepreneurship, and the strategic management and utilisation of technology across a wide range of sectors, from public to private, services to manufacturing. While the academic level is clearly masters, there is a strong practical and professional orientation to the curriculum and therefore the programme is also likely to meet the continuing professional development (CPD) needs of many of those who undertake this programme of study. Technology management graduates should be able to ground their new knowledge within the base of their professional experience. You will be encouraged to reflect on and learn from your prior experience, integrate this with your new knowledge and apply this to new situations. The programme provides you with significant opportunities to challenge preconceptions regarding the management and strategic use of technology, as well as many generic management ideas, and to remove subject and functional boundaries in order to evaluate and respond to complex situations holistically. You should also develop strengths in analysing, synthesising and solving complex, unstructured organisational problems, especially where these have a technological dimension. In addition to being able to communicate your findings, you should develop the skills to implement agreed solutions effectively and efficiently. This, in turn, requires that you develop good interpersonal skills to enable you to interact effectively with a range of technical and non-technical personnel. The technology management programme, therefore, is directed both at the acquisition and critical understanding of a body of knowledge and at the acquisition of a range of personal capabilities. Teaching, learning and assessment methods You will learn through two inter-related methods. Firstly, using a range of specially written study materials, case studies, original texts, study guides and assignments, and through a range of multi-media material. Secondly, you are allocated a tutor who is your first and main point of contact. Your tutor answers queries on study materials, grades and comments on your work, and, depending on which module you are studying, may arrange either face-to-face group sessions or online tutorials. You are also encouraged to participate in online conferences for the module(s) you are studying. This gives you a chance to share and resolve issues with fellow students, as well as with tutors and the module team. Formative assessment in the form of informal self-assessed questions (SAQs) allows you to assess your own progress and understanding. Formal assessment of the knowledge and understanding components of the programme is achieved by a series of tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) – usually three for each 30-credit module. These assignments are marked and assessed by your tutor. They are central to the teaching of the module since they allow you an opportunity to display your knowledge and understanding. This will enable tutors to identify any issues concerning either and provide appropriate feedback. In some cases assignments are formative (for example at the beginning of a module to enable you to develop your confidence), but usually they are summative. Although assignments are usually undertaken on an individual basis, some modules have group-based assignments that use the computer conferencing system. Modules may also include computer-marked assignments or examination papers. Currently most modules within the technology management programme also include a three-hour written examination. Cognitive skills in the programme are developed through a range of activities within the programme’s modules. Case studies and other accounts of how technology is managed will allow you to engage with the problems around technology management and develop appropriate analysis, evaluation and problem-solving skills. Modules will formally describe a range of methods and techniques used within technology management and you will be encouraged to make use of them and reflect on their use. When carrying out the final module of the MSc (T802 MSc research course - a masters-level thesis based on a research project of your choice) there is extensive scope for developing a critical approach to technology management. Evidence of skills levels will also be apparent in all assignments and tutors will comment on evidence of skills, as well as on demonstrated levels of knowledge and understanding. Cognitive skills will be assessed in each three-hour end-of-module examination. When entering the technology management programme you are expected to have experience of technology management, a technical specialism or general management and/or administration where you have taken a particular interest in the technological dimensions of organisation and management. As such, you should already have gained many key skills. The programme will then allow you to demonstrate these and develop them further. Study materials and support from your tutor will help develop your skills in managing your own learning. For example, many of the modules expect you to work largely under your own direction and initiative. You are expected to reflect on your performance, identify your learning needs and then develop appropriate learning strategies. Practical and professional skills are developed and assessed implicitly within many of the modules in the programme. Evidence of them will be apparent in all TMAs and tutors will comment on the evidence of these skills, as well as on demonstrated levels of knowledge and understanding. The University wishes to emphasise that, while every effort is made to regularly update this site, the material on it is subject to alteration or amendment in the light of changes in regulations or in policy or of financial or other necessity. Career impact The technology management programme develops analytical skills and provides practically relevant knowledge that will equip you well for a variety of management and leadership roles. The competent technology manager is a highly valued professional, capable of ensuring that the organisation reaps all the potential rewards from its investment in technology of whatever type. You will develop a range of job-related and transferable skills such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, and the ability to cope with rapid technological change. The capabilities in research and problem-solving developed can be exploited in all professional situations at all management levels. Employers are also impressed by the commitment and determination it takes to succeed with the OU while keeping up family and work commitments. These benefits, together with the opportunities to add value by applying your learning to the workplace as you study, make technology management programmes very attractive vehicles towards success in senior management roles. Entry requirements To gain the MSc you must first obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Management (E08). Modules will count towards this degree for a maximum of eight years after we have stopped presenting them. 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. You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MA

MA in Art History

Online Full time Part time 2 years United Kingdom

This MA degree will build on your existing knowledge of art history to equip you with the critical skills necessary for independent research in the field. You begin your studies by exploring core concepts and current concerns of art history. You will then examine critical debates both within the academic discipline of art history and in the 'real world' contexts of heritage, curating and museums. The taught component of the degree provides you with research training which will enable... [+]

MA in Art History This MA degree will build on your existing knowledge of art history to equip you with the critical skills necessary for independent research in the field. You begin your studies by exploring core concepts and current concerns of art history. You will then examine critical debates both within the academic discipline of art history and in the 'real world' contexts of heritage, curating and museums. The taught component of the degree provides you with research training which will enable you to carry out a more substantial piece of independent research on a topic of your choice for the final dissertation module. You need a substantial background in art history at undergraduate level to succeed in obtaining this qualification. Educational aims This taught postgraduate programme in art history (which comprises the postgraduate foundation module (A840), the subject module (A841) and the dissertation module (A847)) will: encourage you to develop your undergraduate knowledge and understanding of art history in higher level and more focused work introduce you to a range of significant scholarly debates among historians of art and architecture provide you with an advanced academic training in research methods, with regard to different media and periods, using both traditional methods and those employing new technologies enable you to make effective use of primary sources, both artistic and archival, in developing and completing a research project. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Knowledge and understanding are gained and developed through the study of published study materials in the postgraduate foundation module (A840) and a subject module (A841). Teaching materials supporting the first two of these include set books, study guides and offprints, supplementary illustrations, assignment booklets, and access to a large number of online resources through the Art History MA website. Learning outcomes are assessed primarily by means of tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). The foundation module also has an examination, which provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to compare and contrast the different approaches deployed in the set books. In A841, there is a final long assignment, or ‘project’, which allows you to develop knowledge and understanding of a topic of your choosing and prepares you for the dissertation (A847). For the dissertation you will choose a topic relating to the themes studied earlier in the programme, and write this up in 16,000–18,000 words. Tutors provide feedback on draft chapters, but the dissertation itself forms the assessed component of this final module. Career impact Studying art history at postgraduate level will deepen your understanding of art, architecture and visual culture. Through a critical engagement with some of the key theories and approaches developed to interpret and explain works of art from the Renaissance to the present day you will learn to study independently and undertake appropriate research. An MA in Art History will provide you with a range of skills, including visual and textual analysis and critical thinking and writing, which can be successfully transferred to a variety of careers in the professional and educational sectors. Faculty The Arts Faculty was rated by a Times Higher Education survey as one of the best 100 institutions in the world for the study of the arts. Noted for the strength of our interdisciplinary approaches, our scholars of international standing also teach and research a very wide range of topics and themes in specific subject areas. These include art history; classical studies; creative writing; English; history; music; philosophy; and religious studies. The Faculty also has validated partnerships with several important institutions in the UK and other parts of the world. The head of the Faculty is the Dean, Professor David Rowland. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MA in Childhood and Youth

Online Full time Part time 1 year United Kingdom

This MA course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth underpinned by a commitment to integrated practice. This qualification is designed for graduates with a background in childhood and youth studies, sociology, health and social care, anthropology, psychology or education. It would suit those already working with children and young people and wish to enhance their knowledge as well as those who wish to enter this field. You study two... [+]

MA in Childhood and Youth This MA course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth underpinned by a commitment to integrated practice. This qualification is designed for graduates with a background in childhood and youth studies, sociology, health and social care, anthropology, psychology or education. It would suit those already working with children and young people and wish to enhance their knowledge as well as those who wish to enter this field. You study two compulsory 60-credit modules and gain the final 60 credits either from appropriate credit transfer or by taking 60 credits from a choice of optional modules. Educational aims This qualification aims to develop advanced theoretical and integrated practice knowledge about children and young people. It is designed for those working with or for children and young people in a wide range of settings, and for those with a general interest in the study of childhood and youth. The aims and outcomes are to: develop advanced critical analysis skills relevant to integrated practice provide the necessary concepts, theories, knowledge and skills base to understand the lives of children and young people and how this impacts on integrated practice develop appropriate analytical, research and conceptual skills needed to link theory, practice and experience. Teaching, learning and assessment methods The teaching, learning and assessment are linked to the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce. They are geared towards the development of professional skills through a critical engagement with policy, analysis of organisational structures and reflection on personal practice. Multi-agency working and inter-professional practice has a central focus. Knowledge and understanding is taught through diverse study materials including multi media. You will develop your advanced knowledge and understanding through critical, engagement with material provided in the Readers and reflection facilitated by activities in the online learning guides. You undertake a significant amount of your own enquiry-based learning, appropriate to this level of study, including an extended piece of writing. Summative assessment is through TMAs and EMAs. There is the opportunity, on some parts of the qualification, for collaborative learning through the sharing of your experiences with other students. Face-to-face tutorials, virtual learning communities (in tutor groups) and assignment feedback are designed to build on your academic study skills over the life of the course. You will have opportunities to develop your critical analysis of policy and practice. Key to this will be a developing ability to draw good practice out of theoretical frameworks. You will develop your cognitive skills through critical analysis of diverse study materials, which cover various aspects of children’s experiences at both local and global levels. You will analyse and critique the ideas that influence current practice, analyse recent changes in the organisation of services, especially moves towards greater integration, and explore what it means to be a critical, reflective practitioner. You will also learn, in some parts of the qualification, to compare familiar knowledge and concepts to less familiar experiences of children in other parts of the world. This qualification is designed for people working with children or young people as well as those with a more theoretical interest in the subject and students without access to a practice setting will not be disadvantaged in any way and will be able to use examples from the study materials for assessment tasks. Career impact The MA course will be attractive to professionals working with children and young people who are graduates and seeking to advance academically and professionally, as well as those with a related degree but not currently working with children and young people who are looking to move into the profession, and people considering moving between professions within the sector. It should also be of interest to people in a managerial or supervisory role, to senior members of the workforce, and those seeking to move into senior or managerial positions. This MA in Childhood and Youth will have a strong appeal for students who have completed the BA (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies or the BA/BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care. The content of the qualification will be relevant to graduates working in early years provision, education, social work, nursing, healthcare, youth work, youth justice or the voluntary sector. You should ensure that you check entry requirements for specific professional areas before embarking on study. Case studies in Children and young people's worlds: frameworks for integrated practice (E807) are drawn from worldwide content and therefore this module is very suitable if you are based in any of our four nation states or beyond. The themes covered by Critical practice with children and young people (K802) are relevant to policy and practice worldwide, but you need to be aware that most of the examples in the study materials are drawn from the UK context. Entry requirements To register for this course you will require a bachelors degree (or equivalent) in any discipline relevant to children and young people. Applicants without this qualification, but who have professional experience of at least three years may be eligible for consideration. You should include evidence of this experience in the supplementary information we ask you to provide when you reserve a place. The research project option in E807 is only available if you are a UK resident as you will need to have successfully obtained an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check (or equivalent in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Students in Scotland will also need to ensure that they meet the requirements of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme. The criminal record check must be appropriate for the setting in which you intend to carry out your research. The DBS (or equivalent) must bear the same name as given in your post-registration agreement form. You also need permission from your employer to undertake this work. If these conditions cannot be fulfilled then you must choose the E807 literature review option. Please note: it is a legal, rather than an Open University requirement, that you must obtain Enhanced DBS clearance in order to work with children. This is the responsibility of you and your employer and not The Open University. If you are in doubt about your eligibility, or to find out more, you should contact the relevant agency in your country for more information. You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MA in Classical Studies

Online Full time Part time 2 years United Kingdom

This MA is designed to help you acquire and develop research skills that will enhance your knowledge of the ancient Graeco-Roman world and prepare you for independent study culminating in a dissertation. It investigates Classical Studies as a multidisciplinary field and brings you into direct contact with texts, artefacts and other surviving evidence from... [+]

MA in Classical Studies This MA is designed to help you acquire and develop research skills that will enhance your knowledge of the ancient Graeco-Roman world and prepare you for independent study culminating in a dissertation. It investigates Classical Studies as a multidisciplinary field and brings you into direct contact with texts, artefacts and other surviving evidence from classical antiquity. This fragmentary evidence is examined from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives including options in classical archaeology, language and reception, and a subject module based around the body in classical antiquity. Educational aims This taught postgraduate programme in classical studies will: build upon and develop your existing knowledge of, and interest in, the subject of classical studies provide you with an advanced academic training for the practice of classical studies at postgraduate level provide you with experience of independent research and scholarly presentation in classical studies. Teaching, learning and assessment methods You will have the opportunity to acquire all of the above skills which will be taught, learned and assessed concurrently in the course of studying the degree. You will be expected to show an increasingly independent and sophisticated approach as the skills and techniques of advanced study become more familiar, culminating in your dissertation, which will be a substantial and largely independent piece of work. Teaching will be coordinated by your tutor, who will advise you, comment on and mark your assignments, generally provide feedback and help you to acquire the skills of advanced independent study. Communication will be via face-to-face sessions and (more frequently) written, telephone and, if appropriate, IT contact. Learning will be via teaching blocks, which will concentrate on providing the tools for independent study, suggesting lines of investigation, methods of analysis and providing bibiographical assistance. Your acquisition of the appropriate skills, knowledge, etc. will regularly be tested in the assessments. Assessment: you will regularly be required to submit work (tutor-marked assignments) in the form of essays and shorter analyses; for the foundation module you will write five assignments and in addition be required to take a three-hour exam at the end of the module; the subject module consists of four assignments and an ‘examinable component’ (a 3000-word mini-dissertation which will count for 50% of the final mark for that module). The final module will comprise your dissertation (16,000–18,000 words) which will be the culmination of the degree. The assessment exercises are carefully designed to reflect the learning curve of the degree, taken as a whole. Career impact Studying an MA in Classical Studies at the OU is challenging but fun. You will learn about the many different aspects of Greek and Roman worlds - their literature, history, philosophy and material cultures - and the various ways one can approach them through a scholarly tradition that is both fast-moving and long-standing. As well as giving you the opportunity to explore an area of that world which particularly interests you, by means of developing your critical ability and independent thinking the MA in Classical Studies can help benefit your career and even be the first step towards a PhD. Above all, it will lead to a better understanding of where we come from and who we are today. Faculty The Arts Faculty was rated by a Times Higher Education survey as one of the best 100 institutions in the world for the study of the arts. Noted for the strength of our interdisciplinary approaches, our scholars of international standing also teach and research a very wide range of topics and themes in specific subject areas. These include art history; classical studies; creative writing; English; history; music; philosophy; and religious studies. The Faculty also has validated partnerships with several important institutions in the UK and other parts of the world. The head of the Faculty is the Dean, Professor David Rowland. Entry requirements You must hold an honours degree to study for our MA in Classical Studies course. Your degree need not be in the subject area, but you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area and show some knowledge of classical studies. The part 1 module brings you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches in classical studies but does not offer remedial undergraduate training for those who have an inappropriate bachelors degree or inadequate experience. Before you start the MA you must be able to: write clear, concise, grammatically correct and accurately spelt prose read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability argue logically, consistently and sceptically marshal various sorts of evidence to support a logical argument. If you would like help to assess your preparedness you can contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service for advice. You must commence your studies towards the MA in Classical Studies with the part 1 module and your final module must be the part 2 module. You must complete this qualification within ten years. 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. You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 7.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MA in Education

Online Full time Part time 1 - 6 years United Kingdom

This taught masters degree course is a flexible modular qualification with a rich diversity of modules enabling you to choose those most appropriate to your own context and interests. The modules support your professional development through investigation of currently significant issues in the context of your own experience and appropriate literature. For this professional qualification you will need some experience of working with learners, either in teaching, the education... [+]

Masters degree in Education This taught masters degree course is a flexible modular qualification with a rich diversity of modules enabling you to choose those most appropriate to your own context and interests. The modules support your professional development through investigation of currently significant issues in the context of your own experience and appropriate literature. For this professional qualification you will need some experience of working with learners, either in teaching, the education advisory service, educational administration or an allied field – this may include informal learning settings. You will join a learning community of over 2500 students from varying educational contexts worldwide. Educational aims This programme contributes to the personal development of those concerned with education both formally and informally in a wide range of settings and locations. Coursework encourages you to bring together your personal understanding of issues relating to specific aspects of education with the enduring and current body of professional and academic research publications relevant to your professional/personal agenda. Advanced independent scholarship is fostered through study of particular disciplines within education and through student-determined, small-scale research projects. These projects provide the opportunity for you to integrate the learning guided by the programme with your personal interests in education and, as appropriate, your practical professional knowledge. The modular structure of the programme allows you to progressively broaden the knowledge and understanding of your chosen aspects of education. It also provides for the development and consolidation of advanced scholarship through practice and refinement of the independent learning inherent in the academic literacy and conventions of academic writing required for successful study at masters level. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Each module uses a range of study techniques to help you engage with the academic literature and to reflect on your own practical and professional knowledge. A variety of informal and formal assessment tasks are incorporated into the coursework. These vary from module to module. Within each module coursework is designed to prepare you for independent study within a particular educational discipline. The formal tutor- and examiner-marked assessments for each module are summarised in the prospectus and detailed in the study materials for each module. For every module, you are supported in reflecting on your own learning and in selecting an appropriate topic for a personal, small-scale research project. Through assessments linked to this research project you must demonstrate an integration of the discipline specific and generic learning outcomes for this postgraduate qualification. Career impact Across the globe there is an increasing demand for creative, innovative education professionals who have highly developed skills and a deep understanding of learning; in many countries a masters degree is becoming essential for career advancement in teaching and related careers. This qualification offers teachers and other education professionals working with learners of all ages the opportunity to develop professionally and academically. It is suitable for graduates working in formal education settings (nurseries, schools, colleges and universities), those supporting non-formal learning as well as education leaders and policy makers. Modules in this qualification are designed to enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates. Case studies and examples are from a worldwide context and this qualification will be relevant to educators across the globe. This qualification does not qualify you for teacher registration, please see our PGCE qualification Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (K20) if you are interested in gaining a teaching qualification. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MA in English

Online Full time Part time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The MA in English provides a rich and exciting experience of higher level literary study while at the same time developing your independent skills in literary research. You need appropriate entry qualifications and should have a passion for literature... [+]

MA in English The MA in English provides a rich and exciting experience of higher level literary study while at the same time developing your independent skills in literary research. You need appropriate entry qualifications and should have a passion for literature. Educational aims The academic purpose of the MA is to equip you to take higher level study in English by building on your existing knowledge of, and interest in, the study of literature. It will provide you with appropriate training in methods of research in literature at postgraduate level. It will give you the opportunity to carry out a substantial piece of independent research and write this up using the appropriate scholarly apparatus. The MA will function both as a standalone post-graduate qualification and as preparatory training in the research methodologies required for doctoral study. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Knowledge and understanding are assessed in the 120 credit module of MA study by means of written tutor marked assignments (TMAs) and an end of module assessment (EMA). The TMAs will be structured so as to emphasise particular learning outcomes at appropriate stages of the module. For example, TMA 01 focuses on developing an understanding of critical and theoretical perspectives in the context of close textual analysis, while TMAs 02 and 03 further encourage you to develop a sense of the historical development of the discipline by bringing a broader picture of reception and interpretation into view. The EMA focuses on developing an understanding of literary and book history, relevant particularly to Learning Outcomes 1 and 2. Learning Outcomes 3–5 are assessed throughout this module in preparation for the 60-credit dissertation module that follows. In the latter, work on a chosen topic within a specialist area is assessed by means of a dissertation. Cognitive skills are assessed in TMAs and an EMA throughout the 120-credit module. The ability to recognise a potential area for research becomes increasingly important for TMAs 04 and 05 and the EMA, where the module builds towards research for the dissertation in the following 60-credit module. An ability to independently recognise a potential area for research in literature is therefore a skill developed and assessed over the two modules of the MA, and is especially important to the assessment of the final dissertation. Through tuition and the marking of assessments, tutors with subject and teaching expertise will guide you towards achieving skills of evaluation and analysis appropriate to MA level. Career impact If you wish to pursue an academic career in higher education or research this degree will provide a pathway toward a higher level research qualification (e.g. Ph.D.), which is essential for such a career. A masters degree can be useful in pursuing a teaching career in schools. If you expect to pursue a career in media, culture or knowledge industries – or are employed already in such industries and seek further qualifications to enhance career progression – a masters degree, alongside relevant skills and experience, can be useful. This degree is relevant to those careers that directly call upon knowledge of English literature and culture. It may also be relevant for careers that demand skills in the creative use and analysis of texts of various sorts, critical thinking and organisation, and understanding of culture in a broad sense. Faculty The Arts Faculty was rated by a Times Higher Education survey as one of the best 100 institutions in the world for the study of the arts. Noted for the strength of our interdisciplinary approaches, our scholars of international standing also teach and research a very wide range of topics and themes in specific subject areas. These include art history; classical studies; creative writing; English; history; music; philosophy; and religious studies. The Faculty also has validated partnerships with several important institutions in the UK and other parts of the world. The head of the Faculty is the Dean, Professor David Rowland. Entry requirements You must hold an honours degree to study for our MA in English course. Your degree need not be in English but you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area. The first module brings you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches in English but does not offer remedial undergraduate training for those who have an inappropriate bachelors degree or inadequate experience. To get an idea of whether the level of work involved and the approach taken on this MA is appropriate for you, you are advised to read some sections of material from the set books list for MA English part 1 (A815). In particular, we would suggest that you read the introduction to The Handbook to Literary Research. Chapter 2 of The Handbook also provides you with an indication of the skills you will need to be ready to develop in order to complete the MA. Other chapters of The Handbook give you an idea of some of the approaches to literary research with which you will have opportunities to engage on the MA. Before you enter the degree you must be able to: write clear, concise, grammatically correct and accurately spelt prose read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability argue logically, consistently and sceptically marshal various sorts of evidence to support a logical argument. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MA in History

Online Full time Part time 2 years United Kingdom

This degree course is based around the study of British and Irish local and regional history between 1750 and 1950. Using our world-class collection of online primary source materials you will be encouraged to produce an independent research project on a topic of your choice. It will suit you if you have the appropriate entry qualifications, a passion for history and are looking for an intellectual challenge... [+]

MA in History This degree course is based around the study of British and Irish local and regional history between 1750 and 1950. Using our world-class collection of online primary source materials you will be encouraged to produce an independent research project on a topic of your choice. It will suit you if you have the appropriate entry qualifications, a passion for history and are looking for an intellectual challenge. Educational aims This taught postgraduate programme in history will: build upon and develop your existing knowledge of, and interest in, history provide you with appropriate training in the techniques of postgraduate study in history enable you to develop your research and analytical skills and upgrade your qualifications. Key skills When you have completed this degree you will be able to: communicate ideas effectively in written form use ICT for the purpose of locating and retrieving resources learn how to apply methods and approaches in supported self-directed study in assignments and a project. Career impact This degree will provide you with theoretical underpinnings of local history and practical skills in the use of print and online primary source material. It will also give you experience of project planning, research methods and writing a dissertation. It will be valuable if you are, or are planning a career as, a teacher, librarian, museum or heritage professional, or have an interest in local history and want to develop your historical research skills. Careers where history would be useful include journalism, writing, the civil service or public administration. History can open up options to a wide range of careers. Faculty The Arts Faculty was rated by a Times Higher Education survey as one of the best 100 institutions in the world for the study of the arts. Noted for the strength of our interdisciplinary approaches, our scholars of international standing also teach and research a very wide range of topics and themes in specific subject areas. These include art history; classical studies; creative writing; English; history; music; philosophy; and religious studies. The Faculty also has validated partnerships with several important institutions in the UK and other parts of the world. The head of the Faculty is the Dean, Professor David Rowland. Entry requirements You must hold an honours degree to study for our MA in History course. Your degree need not be in history, but you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area. The first module brings you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches in history but does not offer remedial undergraduate training for those without a history-related bachelors degree or inadequate experience. Before you enter the degree you must be able to: write clear, concise, grammatically correct and accurately spelt prose read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability argue logically, consistently and sceptically assemble and synthesise various sorts of evidence to support a logical argument. You will need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 7.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MA in Music

Online Full time Part time 2 years United Kingdom

This degree course is for those who want to develop their research and analytical skills and upgrade their qualifications. It will suit anyone with appropriate entry qualifications who has a passion for music and is looking for an intellectual challenge. [+]

MA in Music This degree course is for those who want to develop their research and analytical skills and upgrade their qualifications. It will suit anyone with appropriate entry qualifications who has a passion for music and is looking for an intellectual challenge. Educational aims This taught postgraduate programme in music (which comprises the postgraduate foundation module (A870), the subject module (A871) and the dissertation module (A877) will: provide you with an advanced academic training in the techniques of postgraduate study in music increase your knowledge and understanding of a range of key themes, including the ways that research is conducted, using both traditional methods and those employing new technologies, and how scholarly discourses about music are conveyed in writing enable you to explore the ways in which research and scholarship inform discourses about, and practices associated with, musical performance. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Knowledge and understanding are gained and developed through the study materials in a postgraduate foundation module, a subject module, and a final dissertation module. Teaching materials supporting the first two of these include study guides and offprints, a scores supplement, audio CDs, assignment booklets, and access to a large number of online resources through the Postgraduate Music website. Learning outcomes are assessed primarily by means of tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). The foundation module also has an examination, which provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the broad methodological themes of the module, and the subject module includes a final long assignment, or ‘project’, which prepares you for the independent work of the dissertation. For the dissertation you will choose a topic relating to the themes studied earlier in the programme, and write this up in 16,000–18,000 words. Tutors provide ungraded feedback on draft chapters, but the dissertation itself forms the assessed component of this final module. Cognitive skills: the case studies contained in the first two programme modules are designed to provide you with opportunities to learn through the analysis and comparison of secondary sources in various media (for example, sound recordings, documents and scores), and to encourage increasing independence in research. The use of ICT is an inherent element of the learning technique, which is developed in both the foundation and subject modules as an aid to learning (rather than as a skill that is taught and tested in its own right). The programme’s online facilities form an extension of the techniques that are taught, for example, in respect of library research, and the assessment of these skills is manifest throughout the TMAs. Practical and professional skills: the formation of arguments and the employment of critical and evaluative skills are taught in the foundation and subject modules, and assessed in these and the dissertation module. The use of research libraries is taught in the foundation module and developed at each stage of the programme. Similarly, the use of online facilities is taught in the study material at foundation level and developed through the programme. These skills are assessed throughout the programme. Key skills: the foundation module sets up the learning-centred approach for the whole programme, using a recurring four-week pattern in which you will normally spend two weeks learning from the module materials, one week applying and developing this knowledge by working on case studies relevant to a forthcoming TMA, and one week working on the TMA itself. The key skills developed within this structure and in subsequent modules are tested, either explicitly or implicitly, in every assessment component in the programme. Career impact If you wish to pursue a career in academia or research, this qualification will provide a route towards a higher level research degree (e.g. PhD), which is an essential prerequisite for such a career. A masters degree can help to enhance your career prospects as a teacher in secondary and higher education. If your aim is to enter professions associated with the media, culture or knowledge industries, or if you already have a career in one of these areas and are seeking a further qualification as a means of career development, then a masters degree, supplemented by relevant skills and experience, can be useful. Faculty The Arts Faculty was rated by a Times Higher Education survey as one of the best 100 institutions in the world for the study of the arts. Noted for the strength of our interdisciplinary approaches, our scholars of international standing also teach and research a very wide range of topics and themes in specific subject areas. These include art history; classical studies; creative writing; English; history; music; philosophy; and religious studies. The Faculty also has validated partnerships with several important institutions in the UK and other parts of the world. The head of the Faculty is the Dean, Professor David Rowland. Entry requirements You must hold an honours degree or its equivalent to study for our MA in Music course. Your degree need not be in music but you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area. The part 1 module will bring you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches in the subject, but does not offer remedial undergraduate training for those who have an inappropriate bachelors degree and inadequate experience. Before you embark on the MA you must be able to: write clear, concise, grammatically correct and accurately spelt prose read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability argue logically, consistently and sceptically marshal various sorts of evidence to support a logical argument be literate in music, to the extent that you can follow an orchestral score and know which instrument is playing. If you would like help to assess your preparedness you can contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service for advice. For students starting in 2014, you must commence your studies towards the MA in Music with the part 1 module and your final module must be the part 2 module. You must complete this qualification within ten years. 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. You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 7.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MA in Online and Distance Education

Online Full time Part time 1 year United Kingdom

This masters degree is part of a programme that includes a postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma. These qualifications are presented by The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology and are open to students from countries all over the world. They offer you the unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of online and distance education through modules designed by experts from the Institute who are now using information technology to reinvent open... [+]

MA in Online and Distance Education This masters degree is part of a programme that includes a postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma. These qualifications are presented by The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology and are open to students from countries all over the world. They offer you the unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of online and distance education through modules designed by experts from the Institute who are now using information technology to reinvent open distance learning. Working with them, in collaboration with colleagues from around the world, you will be at the forefront of the latest developments as they happen. Educational aims The programme is designed to provide postgraduate-level study for practitioners in higher education and post-compulsory education who are concerned with online, distance, distributed and flexible learning. It aims to meet the needs of professional practitioners worldwide who are using new technologies in their learning and teaching context. The programme provides postgraduate professional development for lecturers, teachers, trainers, learning media specialists, library and support staff who wish to learn more about both teaching and learning at a distance and online distributed learning in both face-to-face and distance education. It is not necessary to be based in an educational institution however, and students from a wide range of work contexts have studied these modules successfully. Teaching, learning and assessment methods You are placed in electronic tutor groups where you will engage in collaborative learning with other students with the support of your tutor. You will also contribute to module-wide computer conferencing in plenary areas. You will be supported in both your group and individual study activities by an online tutor. There are no face-to-face activities programmed into this degree but support is provided to you through other media, including email and online conferencing in addition to extensive online materials. The teaching and learning are both guided and resource-based with a mix of media including Web and computer conferencing, the use of journal articles and other resources accessed via the OU Library. The tutor-marked assignments are designed to support the programme outcomes as specified. Assessment is wide-ranging from traditional essays to practical web-based tasks and reflective writing. For the final project (examinable component) of each module you will undertake a longer piece of work appropriate both to the specific module being studied. The University wishes to emphasise that, while every effort is made to regularly update this site, the material on it is subject to alteration or amendment in the light of changes in regulations or in policy or of financial or other necessity. Career impact Workplaces and work roles increasingly involve media-rich and technology-enhanced forms of learning, professional practice and personal development, often summarised in the term ‘elearning’. Accordingly the experience of achieving this masters degree has proved vocationally relevant across a wide range of occupations and locations, from managers in business organisations, teachers of languages, consultants, trainers and teachers at any level of the education sector. Each module in the MA in Online and Distance Education requires study using a range of tools and learning environments. Consequently you will improve your personal skills in using these tools and this makes a positive impact on your own practice. You will explore in-depth the research and practice literature in technology enhanced learning, and experience the implications of learning technology choices made across a wide range of contexts and organisations, both formal and informal. You will advance not only your skills of selection and design of technology, but also your understanding of how technologies engage learners and how they can be evaluated and developed on a continuing basis. Depending on your choice of module study, the qualification will enable you to demonstrate in addition, expertise in particular areas: Open educational resources and approaches for learning within university, college, management or other contexts, if you include Openness and innovation in elearning (H817) The development of inclusive education in relation to the accessibility of learning contexts online for all students, including the support needs of those with a disability, if you include Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students (H810). If you wish to specialise in the research and evaluation area, you can also build a foundation in terms of engagement with the research literature and research methods, which provides an excellent platform for further postgraduate study, if you include Practice-based research in educational technology (H809). The vocational relevance of the MA in Online and Distance Education goes well beyond the obvious category of teacher and trainer, and previous alumni have included librarians, media professionals, project managers, consultants, entrepreneurs, practice educators in nursing, and web developers. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

MA in Philosophy

Online Full time Part time 1 - 10 years United Kingdom

This degree course is for those who want to develop their research and analytical skills and upgrade their qualifications. It will suit anyone with appropriate entry qualifications who has a passion for philosophy and is looking for an intellectual challenge... [+]

MA in Philosophy This degree course is for those who want to develop their research and analytical skills and upgrade their qualifications. It will suit anyone with appropriate entry qualifications who has a passion for philosophy and is looking for an intellectual challenge. Educational aims This taught postgraduate programme in philosophy will: allow you to study a range of philosophical questions in depth teach the research skills of finding appropriate sources and using them effectively teach you to read critically, extract arguments and compare different views on the same question teach you to write essays that are effective in exposition and argument. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Although some aspects of the teaching, learning and assessment methods change over the three years of the qualification, there are common elements. In the first year, you will need to read the material that will be sent to you, and to do the exercises set within the text. In addition, you are asked to complete five writing assignments. You send these to your tutor, who will annotate them and return them with a cover-page of written comments. In addition, you will have access to a number of computer conferences, although participation in these is voluntary. These will include a conference open only to you and other members of your tutorial group, and a national conference open to all those on the module. The second year follows the same pattern, except that you are sent less material, and are expected to read more both from a few books you will need to buy yourself and from the extensive online resources provided by the library. In the third year you are not sent any material to read. Instead, you are asked to work on a dissertation, the title of which you decide yourself, in conjunction with your tutor. You will have to find the material you need in order to write this dissertation yourself, although your tutor will be there to offer advice. You will acquire knowledge and understanding by working through the material you are sent, and the material which you acquire yourself. Your cognitive skills and your practical and professional skills will be acquired at a simple level in the first year, and will be developed in the second and third. The way in which the module is taught (feedback on written work that you will use to inform your subsequent writing) encourages you to write effectively and to improve your learning and performance. Through practice, you will also acquire the skills to use IT both in finding research material, and as a means of communication. You are assessed in the first year on the basis of your written work, and a final examination (counting, respectively, as 75% and 25% of your final mark). In the second year you are assessed solely on the basis of your written work (your final assignment, which is twice as long as the others, counts as 50% of your mark and you need to get at least 40% on it to pass the module). In the final year you are assessed solely on the quality of the dissertation. Career impact Studying philosophy will hone your ability to think clearly, reason logically, and put forward and evaluate arguments. As well as developing skills in reading and understanding philosophy texts, you will be able to engage with some areas of contemporary philosophical enquiry. With an MA in Philosophy you will have an excellent foundation for further study or research at doctoral level, as well as a respected qualification and valuable transferable skills such as critical thinking, research skills, time management, and problem-solving that are in demand in many areas of business, government and the media. Entry requirements You must hold an honours degree to study for our MA in Philosophy course. Your degree need not be explicitly in philosophy, but you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area. The foundation module will bring you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches, but does not offer remedial undergraduate training for those who have an inappropriate bachelors degree or inadequate experience. Before you enter the degree you must be able to: write clear, concise, grammatically correct and accurately spelt prose read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability argue logically, consistently and sceptically marshal various sorts of evidence to support a logical argument. If you are in any doubt about whether you possess these skills, you should consider taking one or two of our higher level undergraduate modules in philosophy first. Our 60 credit Level 2 module Exploring philosophy (A222), in particular, is designed to introduce standard techniques of analysis and argument, some of which will be presupposed at MA level. If you would like help to assess your preparedness you can contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service by clicking on the orange buttons at the top of the page. You must commence your studies towards the MA in Philosophy with the postgraduate foundation module in philosophy and your final module must be the philosophy dissertation. You must complete this qualification within ten years. 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. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

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