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

          Course contact details

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