Research course

Research in STEM Education

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry

October

Course content

In addition to scientific research, the School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences 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, provision of online materials, practical skills and employment skills. Online delivery of teaching material is increasingly popular and offers a fertile ground for research.

Our funders include: eSTEeM at The Open University, the Higher Education Academy and The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Key themes of our research include:

  • Assessment, encompassing assessment praxis, policy, assessment design, and engagement with assessment processes
  • Distance learning, distance teaching, including remote experimentation
  • Graduate skills
  • Widening participation
  • Work-based learning, focusing on training in the workplace, working alongside employers to provide training, and vocational training.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      48 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

          Name
          Administrative Support
          Email
          STEM-LHCS-Admin@open.ac.uk
          Phone
          +44 (0)1908 655808