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 and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
48 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

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