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.

Potential research projects

  • Work-based learning: the effect of employer (workplace) support on student success
  • Teaching practical skills at a distance - developing remote experimentation platforms

Current/recent research projects

  • 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
  • Going with the (remote) flow - teaching practical chemistry at a distance
  • Enabling access to the chemistry curriculum for visually impaired students

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

- 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.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding.

Qualification and course duration

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
science-phd-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659036