This qualification explores some of contemporary science's most pressing issues and develops a wide range of skills associated with postgraduate study. The MSc includes taught modules and a compulsory final project module which gives you the opportunity to explore a topic in further depth, and undertake a substantial piece of independent research.
Key features of the course
• Flexible study routes to suit your professional needs and interests
• Options include Earth Science, Brain and Behavioural Science and Medicinal Chemistry
• Develops critical, analytical and research skills, boosting your career or preparing you for further studies at doctoral level.
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
• Knowledge and understanding
• Cognitive skills
• Practical and professional skills
• Key skills
On successful completion of the required modules you will be awarded a Master of Science entitling you to use the letters MSc Science (Open) after your name. The degree will be classified as pass, merit or distinction. You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.
Recognition in your country
If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.
If you've successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count up to 90 credits towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. However, you won't be able to count it towards the MSc project module (S810). You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.