You must already hold a postgraduate diploma in the relevant programme. Some of these qualifications have time limits for completion, please see the individual qualification descriptions for details.
You also need to have declared your intention to study one of the qualifications listed below.
You can register for a place while you are completing the final module of your diploma or at any time after successful completion, taking account of any time limits for these qualifications. Your module fee is fully refundable if you withdraw before the module start date.
Before module start you will need to decide whether you wish to propose your own topic or select a topic from a list of suggested topics put forward by OU academic staff. Please note that the OU staff topics may not be available in every subject area.
Note: in the case of the MSc in Environmental Decision Making, MSc in Environmental Management, MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice and the MSc in Technology Management there are two routes to your MSc. If you prefer a more business-oriented MSc, you should consider taking The MSc professional project (T847), a 30-credit module lasting six months, instead of this module. Both project modules offer a rigorous approach to solving complex real world problems and enable you to gain essential skills for undertaking research in your own organisation or wider contexts. The study for T847 is of reduced scope in comparison with this module, with the necessary constraints this implies, but does offer the flexibility to complete your qualification with a further 30-credit module. The longer study for this module (T802) allows more depth and develops your academic research skills further.
If you are studying towards more than one masters degree, you will need to complete a separate project for each qualification.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
You will need to be prepared well before the module begins; you will be asked to provide a synopsis of your research topic so that we can allocate you to an appropriate supervisor. Early registration is strongly advised due to the preparatory work required prior to the start of the module.
To help you in your preparation we have developed the Preparing for T802 website; this is an important resource because of the specific requirements before module start. This site can be accessed via the T802 Future Studies forum on the Postgraduate Technology and Computing (PTC) Office website. Current students have a link to this from their StudentHome page. The T802 preparatory website is available to any student who is currently undertaking, or has undertaken, a postgraduate taught module.