MSc project module for MSc in Professional Science
This masters-level project module, which is entirely online, is an opportunity for you to carry out an in-depth investigation into a subject of your own choice as part of your MSc in Professional Science (F60). The only constraint on the subject is that it must be linked to one or more knowledge-based learning objectives of each of your previous MSc in Professional Science modules. Your project can be literature based, involve laboratory or fieldwork, or include the design and use of a questionnaire. You will have the support and guidance of a tutor, both by email and telephone.
01 Nov 2014
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07 Nov 2015
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Registration closes 15/10/15 (places subject to availability)Click to register
This module is expected to start for the last time in November 2018.
What you will study
The study materials provide guidance on planning your project and help with searching literature, analysing data and writing the report. As part of your first piece of assessment you will develop a proposal for a project on your chosen subject. Two intermediate submissions will help you to keep your project on track. You are expected to check the SXB810 website and online forums frequently. This module also includes group discussions in online tutorials.
You must have declared the MSc in Professional Science (F60) as your study intention and normally have completed 120 credits from the optional modules for this MSc.
You will also need good computing skills (e.g. able to search the Web, use email and use word processing packages).
All teaching is in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate for the level of study you wish to take. We strongly recommend that students have achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7. To assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies you can visit the IELTS website.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.
You may find reading the following book useful before and during your studies:
Divan, A, Communication skills for the Biosciences (2009), Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-922635-1.
SXB810 is a compulsory module in our:
Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.
Sometimes you will not be able to count a module towards a qualification if you have already taken another module with similar content. To check any excluded combinations relating to this module, visit our excluded combination finder or check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service before registering.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are
available on our Essential documents website.
If you have a disability
Your project, whatever its nature, must include an appropriate literature review.
You will need to spend considerable amounts of time using a personal computer and the internet. The module requires you to access literature resources electronically and relies on online forums. Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical and scientific materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.
Web-based text, module software and access to the Open University Library.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.
If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2008 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile device check our Technical requirements section.
If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.7 or later.
You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information (including details of the support we provide).
Teaching and assessment
Support from your tutor
You will have a supervisor who will provide individual support and guidance for your project and will mark and comment on your written work. Electronic communication will be used extensively.
Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.
You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and end-of-module assessment (EMA) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.
Students also studied
Students who studied this course also studied at some time:
The details given here are for the module that starts in November 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.
How to register
To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.
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