Research course

Research in STEM education

Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

In addition to scientific research, the department also has strengths in pedagogic research (particularly within the STEM disciplines) and our research in this area primarily focuses on understanding and improving the student experience. Online delivery of teaching material is increasingly popular and offers a fertile ground for research, such as the study of factors whereby synchronous online tutorials can foster a community of practice.

The encouragement of engaged and deep learning through assessment with feedback is being explored in the context of introducing graduate skills, and of online peer assessment and examinations. Student engagement has been studied with recently developed context-based online activities to improve the engagement of international students in online learning.

Recently grants in educational research have been funded by eSTEeM at The Open University, the Higher Education Academy and The Royal Society of Chemistry. This work is regularly presented at both national and international educational meetings.

Potential supervisors:

Department specialisms

Graduate skills in chemistry: online delivery and assessment; The use of peer assessment/review in distance teaching via the Moodle VLE; Online context-based learning activities to improve the engagement of international students; Work-based learning – the effect of employer (workplace) support on student success; Enabling access to the chemistry curriculum for visually impaired students.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
48 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Administrative support
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