Research course

Inquiry-based science learning

Open University · Department of Education

Entry requirements

2.1 or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

Inquiry-based learning has great educational potential. Students explore their world, learning the facts, concepts and skills of science as they proceed – they are motivated and empowered.

The science faculty is working with the OU’s Institute of Educational Technology (IET) on a number of science inquiry projects, most specifically through the Open Science Laboratory initiative led by the cross-faculty eSTEeM centre. This centre is based in the Mathematics, Computing and Technology, and Science faculties. Science and IET have long cooperated in developing citizen science projects, notably iSpot (see below). We intend to link citizen science and science inquiry in this research opportunity.

Current/recent research projects
  • Helping citizen scientists read and write like scientists: learning analytics and authentic inquiry
  • Open inquiry learning in citizen science
Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

We welcome enquiries from prospective students on: Designs, challenges and opportunities involved in extending citizen science to include inquiry-based science exploration.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 659036