To study this module you need to have declared your intention to study one of the qualifications listed below and already hold a postgraduate diploma in the relevant programme of study:
You can register for this module (T802) 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. Please see the individual qualification descriptions for time limit details. 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. See Preparatory work below for further information about what to do before the module starts.
Alternative route to completing your MSc
There are two study routes – a final research project module (T802) or a professional project module (T847) – for the following masters degrees:
- MSc in Advanced Networking
- MSc in Computing
- MSc in Environmental Management
- MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice
- MSc in Technology Management.
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.
If you prefer a more business-oriented MSc, you should consider taking The MSc professional project (T847), a 30-credit module lasting six months. 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.
This 12-month research project 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.
We recommend that you register early to allow time for completing the preparatory work required prior to the start of this module.
After you register and before the module starts:
- you will be asked to provide a synopsis of your research topic (at least seven weeks before the module start date) so that we can allocate you to an appropriate supervisor
- you will have access to our Preparing for T802 website, which gives essential information, including advance copies of module materials, how to prepare and submit your synopsis, and submission deadlines (you can find a link to this website from your StudentHome page).
The T802 Future Studies forum on the Preparing for T802 website is the place for any questions about this module in general or any questions about your research ideas.
It is important that you allow plenty of time to read the material on the Preparing for T802 website and for preparing your synopsis. It is not a large document but it does take some reading and thought before you can complete this. You may also need to talk to your employer or other organisations to determine whether you can access any data/people that you need for your proposed research.
This preparation will also help you to make a good start on this research project module and to understand how it is different from the taught modules that you have already completed.