Research course

Public engagement in science

Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 (a Science background is desirable for some but not all projects)

Months of entry


Course content

Public engagement in science research is carried out as a multi-disciplinary activity with involvement from the science faculty and partner units. The science home of public engagement is eSTEeM, a centre that innovates and researches in learning, teaching and engagement. We have access to major channels for public engagement and operate internationally, giving us the opportunity for inter-cultural comparisons.

Current/recent research projects
  • Citizen cyberscience: what motivates participation and how are these initiatives influencing public engagement activities in the sciences?
  • Exploring ‘Digital Scholarship’ within a climate of openness and transparency: promoting the Large Hadron Collider and high-energy physics
Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

We welcome enquiries from prospective students in these areas: engaging via digital technologies and tools generating impact, engaging user communities with STEM research policy formation, governance and decision making.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


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

Course contact details

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 659036