To successfully undertake this course you will need to have studied Earth science at degree level. If you do not have a degree in Earth science/Geology (or similar) then you are required to take the OU level 3 module The geological record of environmental change (S369) before starting this MSc. If you have other study or experience that you believe equips you to take this qualification you can still apply, but must supply evidence of that study or experience. For further advice please contact the Science Postgraduate Team.
You will also need good computing skills and a level of proficiency in the English language that is adequate for study at postgraduate level. The following should give you some indication of the basic IT and language skills we expect students to have before enrolling on our postgraduate qualifications in science. Please refer to individual module descriptions to ensure that you are adequately prepared before starting to study for this qualification.
Proficiency in the use of English: All of our taught modules are in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend that you have achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7. You can assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies by visiting the IELTS website.
How long it takes
In order to complete within the minimum time of two years you will need to already have an Earth Science/ Geology degree, and be eligible for credit transfer. You will also need to study for up to 30 hours a week during the three months where the first two modules overlap. Due to the demands that studying this degree will make on you, we recommend that you take no more than 90 credits a year.
To study a 30-credit module requires 8-10 hours per week and a 60-credit module requires 16-20 hours per week of study, over a 32 week period. As S825 runs for 28 weeks, this will require 10-11 hours per week.
If you need start with the OU level 3 module The geological record of environmental change (S369), the minimum time to complete will be three years. The maximum time to complete is ten years.