You must have an undergraduate degree and be ready to pursue postgraduate study, however, if you have other study or experience that you believe equips you to take this module you can still apply, but you'll need to supply evidence of your study or experience. Your application will then be referred to the Programme Admissions Team.
This module is suitable both as an introduction to postgraduate study, or later on in your postgraduate studies, and can be a valuable opportunity to be supported whilst conducting a highly personalised investigation.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
Start thinking about the topic and question you want to investigate and what your output might look like.
An example problem could be:
- Encouraging secondary school girls to take computing A-Level. The assessed output could be a plan of interventions and resources to use in school.
If you propose to relate your project to work that you have previously published or research that you have previously carried out at undergraduate or postgraduate level (at the OU or elsewhere), you will need to demonstrate the following:
- how your proposal differs substantially from any previous work you have undertaken in the chosen area.
- how the research you are doing for this module differs in scope and direction from your previous work and meets the required learning outcomes.
If you decide to delve deeper into a topic you have researched before then you must submit your previous work for review by your tutor and treat your previous work as you would any other resource by referencing any similar text or ideas appropriately.
If you propose to relate your project to your employment, the above will also apply, and you will need to discuss this with your tutor.