Research course

STEM Education and Engagement

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Open University is one of Europe’s largest providers of university-level online STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programmes. The eSTEeM unit works across University boundaries to innovate, evaluate and research STEM teaching and learning. We work closely with external partners to promote STEM education and to offer OU responses to STEM needs for HE.

The use of digital technologies provides a wide range of opportunities to transform higher education in STEM subjects, with learning analytics providing a rich source of information. How digital technologies can be best exploited to maximise student understanding of STEM concepts, and mastery of relevant skills, requires structured pedagogic research. The Open University provides a stimulating environment in which to carry this out.

Recent major funding has allowed us to expand the Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory to include the OpenEngineering Lab and the OpenScience Observatories. These now form the OpenSTEM Labs that enables students to carry out authentic practical science and engineering activities online. We are guided by the priorities of access and authenticity: real data through realistic interfaces.

If you are interested in research into the teaching of STEM subjects, eSTEeM offers a unique and stimulating environment with links to practical innovation.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Graduate School
Email
research-degrees-office@open.ac.uk