The Open University

Introduction

Fulfil your potential by studying with The Open University. World-leading distance learning that comes to you.

The UK's largest university

In fact, four out of ten part-time undergraduate students in the UK study with us.

Courses to suit you

We offer 180 qualifications and 600 modules to choose from. 76% of students study alongside work.

Established in 1969

The Open University is the leading expert in flexible higher education underpinned by our world-leading research.

Flexible payment options

60% of our students fund their study with a government-backed loan. We also have other ways to make the study more affordable.

Mission

The Open University’s mission is to be open to people, places, methods, and ideas.

We promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Through academic research, pedagogic innovation and collaborative partnership we seek to be a world leader in the design, content and delivery of supported open learning.

There is no typical OU student. People of all ages and backgrounds study with us, for all sorts of reasons – to update their skills, get a qualification, boost their career, change direction, prove themselves, keep mentally active. The OU is open to them all.

The Open University's Former Vice-Chancellor, Martin Bean

Why The Open University?

To date, we’ve taught more than two million students worldwide.

Learn why so many people choose to study with us.

Flexibility

Studying with The Open University has always been inherently flexible: it’s one of the reasons why so many people choose to study with us.

Global support

The support we offer is extensive, and we pride ourselves on it. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why we’re regularly rated in the top of the UK’s National Student Survey.

From tutor support to the support of your peers, you’ll be surrounded by others who will encourage you and want you to succeed from day one of your studies.

From study guides to Skype sessions, we’ve thought of everything to make your learning experience with us as positive as possible.

Quality

This is a University of excellence because there is a huge concern on producing high-quality materials and in supporting student learning throughout the process.

Andreia Imamorato Dos Santos, PhD student

The Open University is a quality choice on several levels.

Naturally, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching: our scholarship and students come first.

An Open University degree is equal to academic standard to a degree from any other British university. The University is subject to the same quality assurance procedures as all other British universities and uses external assessors and examiners to ensure quality standards. We’re consistently rated ‘excellent’ in teaching assessments.

Reputation

The Open University’s reputation is outstanding: we’re the world leaders in distance learning.

We’re renowned for a number of reasons:

  • The quality of our research: 50% of our research is ranked as internationally excellent, with 14% as world leading.
  • Our history: We’ve been teaching students successfully for over forty years.
  • Our mission: We’re committed to making higher education open to all.
  • Our popularity: Approximately a quarter of a million people are currently studying with us, over 16,000 of whom live outside the UK, with 71% in full or part-time employment.
  • Our work with employers: More than 50,000 employers have so far sponsored staff to enrol on Open University courses.
  • Our thriving partnerships: This is especially true of our partnership with the BBC; there are 275 million views and listens of Open University programmes in the UK annually.
  • Our willingness to innovate: From late-night television broadcasts in the 1970s through to digital downloads today, we’re reputed for our innovation. Worldwide, there have been 65 million downloads of our offerings on iTunes U to date, and in one year alone OpenLearn attracted 5.2 million visitors (2012/13).
  • Our accreditation: our Business School is among the top business schools, being one of an elite group to have earned triple accreditation from the world's leading management accreditation associations for the MBA programme.
Value

To those worried about the costs... I would say: it’s all about investing in your life.

Nick Logie, BA in Humanities, MA in Music, PhD

So far, an amazing two million people have benefitted from a world-leading university education with us.

We believe that one of the reasons why so many people choose to study with us is sheer value for money.

I’m currently working in Germany, and I was looking at different options for choosing the MBA… The OU MBA’s the best one because it gives the best value for money.

On a practical level, all course materials are included in the cost of your fees.

In addition, there’s no cost involved in moving away to a campus-based university or paying extra travel expenses to be on campus with us. And because you have the flexibility to carry on working while you study with us, you can earn while you learn.

Career opportunities

An Open University qualification is attractive to employers.

Employers know that many of our students study while working. Therefore, they’re aware that Open University study can be challenging, and that it requires you to develop a variety of valuable skills and qualities – all of which will be assets to any workplace.

You’ll also be attractive to employers because, being an Open University graduate, you’ll stand out from the crowd of conventional campus-based university graduates.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programmes

This school also offers:

BA

BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

From poetry to string quartets, and from sculpture to short stories, the extraordinary range of human culture offers rich possibilities for study. This broad and absorbing course develops a deep understanding of the world we live in and how we got here, covering a fascinating variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language and English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

From poetry to string quartets, and from sculpture to short stories, the extraordinary range of human culture offers rich possibilities for study.

This broad and absorbing course develops a deep understanding of the world we live in and how we got here, covering a fascinating variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language and English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies.

Key features of the course Study a broad range of subjects and specialise in one or two disciplines Learn how to approach the arts from an academic perspective, construct an argument and communicate your ideas effectively Develop your skills in critical thinking, analysis and self-directed work which are highly valued by employers Relevant to a wide range of careers, such as advertising, education, legal work, journalism and many others Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (Art History)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14).

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies.

You’ll then take two specialist art history modules, discovering more about art and visual culture across many periods and places. Through exploring the lavishly illustrated module books, and extensive audio, video and interactive material, you will gain a good understanding of the art-historical debates that shape this exciting subject and develop a range of skills in visual analysis.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (Classical Studies)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14).

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies.

You’ll then take at least two specialist classical studies modules, discovering more about classical Greece and Rome by exploring sources as varied as poetry, drama, history writing, art, architecture, archaeology, inscriptions, and philosophy. Latin and Greek language modules are also available as options in this degree.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14).

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies.

You’ll then take two specialist creative writing modules, exploring a range of approaches to writing. You will develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage. Through being supported to develop your own pieces of writing, and by engagement with the module materials, you will develop important skills in complex argument and critical commentary.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (English Language)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14).

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies.

You’ll then take two specialist English language modules, discovering how the English language works, its history, its politics and how it came to be such a hugely influential global language.

Using the illustrated module books, and extensive audio, video and interactive material, you’ll explore communication and creativity in language and its written, spoken and visual potential in diverse and changing cultural and technological settings.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (English Literature)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14).

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies.

You’ll then take at least two specialist English literature modules, discovering more about an exciting range of texts produced across many periods and places. You will encounter a range of genres, from poetry to fiction to film, and explore a variety of approaches for reading them.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (French)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14).

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies.

You’ll then take two specialist French modules, covering a range of aspects relating to the language and its cultures around the world, including history, current affairs and the arts through a range of interactive materials and practical activities.

Alongside your study of French, you can choose to study a second specialism chosen from some of the subjects listed above, entitling you to include both subjects in the name of your degree, or complete your degree with modules chosen from a wide range of options.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (German)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14).

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies.

You’ll then take two specialist German modules, covering a range of aspects relating to the language and its cultures around the world, including history, current affairs and the arts through a range of interactive materials and practical activities.

Alongside your study of German, you can choose to study a second specialism chosen from some of the subjects listed above, entitling you to include both subjects in the name of your degree, or complete your degree with modules chosen from a wide range of options.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (History)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14).

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies.

You’ll then take at least two specialist history modules covering different periods of history from around 1500 to the late twentieth century. You’ll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism, class and gender, and learn the skills of the historian in understanding sources, debates and approaches to the past.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (Music)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14).

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies.

You'll then take at least two specialist music modules. Following on from exploring the materials of music and employing them in songwriting, you can choose to study further music modules, one investigating how music relates to social contexts, historically and in the present day, and one that focuses on developing practical musical skills and collaborative music-making through sustained critical reflection.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (Philosophy)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14).

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies.

You will then take two specialist philosophy modules, discovering more about the ideas of philosophers past and present and learning to tackle the big questions of philosophy yourself. You will explore a range of debates in ethics and political philosophy, as well as questions about the nature of the self, the existence of God, and the limits of human knowledge.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (Religious Studies)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14).

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy, and religious studies itself. You’ll then take two specialist religious studies modules, exploring religions as an important aspect of human culture, society and politics and their role and significance in various debates and controversies. The modules cover many different contemporary and historical contexts. Your learning in this exciting subject will be supported by books, podcasts, videos and interactive materials.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (Religious Studies)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 6  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14). The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy, and religious studies itself. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14). The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy, and religious studies itself. You’ll then take two specialist religious studies modules, exploring religions as an important aspect of human culture, society and politics and their role and significance in various debates and controversies. The modules cover many different contemporary and historical contexts. Your learning in this exciting subject will be supported by books, podcasts, videos and interactive materials.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities (Spanish)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (R14).

The degree starts by developing your understanding of the world we live in through a variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. You’ll then take two specialist Spanish modules, covering a range of aspects relating to the language and its cultures around the world, including history, current affairs and the arts through a range of interactive materials and practical activities.

Alongside your study of Spanish, you can choose to study a second specialism chosen from some of the subjects listed above, entitling you to include both subjects in the name of your degree, or complete your degree with modules chosen from a wide range of options.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Business Management

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in functions such as marketing, accounting and finance? This innovative degree is firmly rooted in your own experience. [+]

How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in functions such as marketing, accounting and finance? This innovative degree is firmly rooted in your own experience.

You’ll investigate how organisations think and work, how they’re managed, and the external world in which they operate. You can focus entirely on business management, or choose to specialise within the subject areas of accounting, economics, leadership practice, innovation and enterprise or marketing.

Key features of the course Develops your understanding of business organisations and their key elements Explores wider considerations such as environments, markets and processes; and how all these work together Helps you relate your studies to your own experience Equips you with a wide range of employment opportunities across all sectors Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Business Management (Accounting)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

What roles do accountants play in organisations? What kinds of information do they work with and how do their work and the information they produce influence the daily decisions and activities of an organisation? [+]

What roles do accountants play in organisations? What kinds of information do they work with and how do their work and the information they produce influence the daily decisions and activities of an organisation?

In this specialist route available in our BA (Honours) Business Management (Q91) degree, you will develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the management of business organisations and build specialised knowledge and skills in financial and management accounting. You will be equipped with the necessary skills to use and apply accounting techniques and concepts in the workplace, and receive accreditation by professional accounting bodies for some parts of their qualifications.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Business Management (Economics)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

How do global markets work and how do they influence the way that companies respond to competition? What’s behind the big economic decisions of governments and business organisations? [+]

How do global markets work and how do they influence the way that companies respond to competition? What’s behind the big economic decisions of governments and business organisations? In this specialist route available in our BA (Honours) Business Management (Q91) degree, you will develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the management of business organisations and build specialised knowledge and skills in economic theories and practices. On completion of your degree, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to use and apply economic principles and theories to a workplace and global environments and will acquire a wide range of transferable management skills.

Key features of the course Develops your ability to apply and evaluate theories and techniques in economics Explores and analyses the interdisciplinary nature of business management, and the role of economics in shaping business and global decisions Helps you relate your studies to your own experience Equips you with a wide range of employment opportunities across all sectors Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Business Management (Innovation and Enterprise)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

What roles do innovators and entrepreneurs play? How do you negotiate creative solutions to ‘real world’ problems? What makes for a convincing new venture proposal? [+]

What roles do innovators and entrepreneurs play? How do you negotiate creative solutions to ‘real world’ problems? What makes for a convincing new venture proposal?

In this specialist route available in our BA (Honours) Business Management (Q91) degree, you will develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the management of business organisations and a distinctive combination of skills, knowledge and understanding around innovation, enterprise and related fields such as creativity and design.

On completion, you will be able to apply your learning to tackle economic, social and environmental challenges and pursue varied career opportunities in tech start-ups, social enterprises, corporations and public sector organisations.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Business Management (Leadership Practice)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

What makes good leadership? What are the issues you might face in leading organisations, and how can you practice leadership in an ethical and responsible manner? [+]

What makes good leadership? What are the issues you might face in leading organisations, and how can you practice leadership in an ethical and responsible manner?

In this specialist route available in our BA (Honours) Business Management (Q91) degree, you will develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the management of business organisations and build specialised knowledge and skills in leadership and change management. On completion of your degree, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to use and apply leadership practices and concepts in the workplace and will acquire a wide range of transferable management skills.

Key features of the course Develops your ability to understand, experiment with and evaluate leadership theories and practices Explores the interdisciplinary nature of business management, and role of leadership in organisations and society Helps you relate your studies to your own experience Equips you with a wide range of employment opportunities across all sectors Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Business Management (Marketing)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

What do marketing professionals really do? How can you use marketing in non-commercial contexts for social good? What new challenges and opportunities arise on the online and global stage? [+]

What do marketing professionals really do? How can you use marketing in non-commercial contexts for social good? What new challenges and opportunities arise on the online and global stage?

In this specialist route available in our BA (Honours) Business Management (Q91) degree, you will develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the management of business organisations and build specialised knowledge and skills in marketing practice. On completion of this degree, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to use and apply marketing techniques and concepts in the workplace and will acquire a wide range of transferable management skills.

Key features of the course Develops your ability to apply and evaluate marketing theories and techniques Explores and analyses the interdisciplinary nature of business management, and the role of marketing management and management professionals in organisations and society Helps you relate your studies to your own experience Equips you with a wide range of employment opportunities across all sectors Entry requirements ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Classical Studies

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The ancient Greek and Roman worlds have given us a heritage of extraordinary richness and diversity. This accessible and rewarding course explores classical literature, history, culture, philosophy, art and archaeology through key places and periods – including Pompeii, Roman Britain, Classical Athens, and Republican and Imperial Rome – with options to study ancient Greek and Latin. [+]

The ancient Greek and Roman worlds have given us a heritage of extraordinary richness and diversity. This accessible and rewarding course explores classical literature, history, culture, philosophy, art and archaeology through key places and periods – including Pompeii, Roman Britain, Classical Athens, and Republican and Imperial Rome – with options to study ancient Greek and Latin.

Key features of the course Explore themes such as Classical myth and Roman imperialism through primary sources and scholarly criticism Gain valuable perspectives on the origins and development of ancient Greek and Roman societies, and their cultural legacy Have the opportunity to develop a project based on independent study Develop skills in critical reasoning, research, analysis, interpretation and communication – all much prized in the workplace Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Criminology and Law

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This degree takes a critical and analytical view of the role and functions of the legal system and examines its relationship with criminal behaviour. [+]

Crime, justice and the workings of the law are matters that affect us all and often dominate the news. This degree takes a critical and analytical view of the role and functions of the legal system and examines its relationship with criminal behaviour.

You’ll explore issues such as anti-social behaviour, poverty, discrimination, hate crimes, child labour, as well as global threats from cyber-crime, terrorism and human rights violations, and their implications for justice.

Key features of the course Get to grips with the complex issues behind today’s crime, law and justice headlines Understand, interpret and apply concepts of crime and law to the real world Learn the tools of the trade for these two crucial subjects Increase your employability across a diverse range of careers ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Criminology and Psychology

Online Full time Part time 4 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

How and why do different societies define specific acts as ‘crimes’ and certain people as ‘criminals’? Why do some people develop addictions, not others? Why do less equal societies have more crime? What is happening when a person tells a lie? Is crime best understood as the product of individual choices or social conditions? This qualification explores questions like these about how people behave and examines how societies determine what they will and won’t tolerate, and why. [+]

How and why do different societies define specific acts as ‘crimes’ and certain people as ‘criminals’? Why do some people develop addictions, not others? Why do less equal societies have more crime? What is happening when a person tells a lie? Is crime best understood as the product of individual choices or social conditions?

This qualification explores questions like these about how people behave and examines how societies determine what they will and won’t tolerate, and why.

Key features of the course Understand how criminology helps us to make sense of crime, harm, social conflict, criminal justice and criminalisation Understand the uses of psychology and how it can be applied in practical and professional contexts Appreciate the insights provided by different perspectives within criminology and psychology Increase your employability across a diverse range of careers Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Economics and History

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This degree enables you to gain a broad understanding of economics and history in an interdisciplinary context and develop knowledge and skills in both subjects. [+]

This degree enables you to gain a broad understanding of economics and history in an interdisciplinary context and develop knowledge and skills in both subjects. You will have the opportunity to build an understanding of contemporary economic theory and economic issues, enabling you to apply fundamental concepts to major economic policy challenges. In the partnering study of history, you will appreciate and examine topics from British, European and global history, from 1500 to the present.

Key features of the course Gives a broad understanding of history and economics in an interdisciplinary context Explores historical topics from the sixteenth century until the present day Develops an understanding of economic theory and issues Covers a range of methods and theoretical approaches and develops a set of graduate skills for further study and the workplace Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Education Studies (Primary)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 10  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Are you interested in the education of children aged between 3 and 12? Are you thinking about pursuing a career in education or becoming a primary school teacher? This degree will give you a sound foundation for further study relevant to a range of roles within education. [+]

Are you interested in the education of children aged between 3 and 12? Are you thinking about pursuing a career in education or becoming a primary school teacher? This degree will give you a sound foundation for further study relevant to a range of roles within education. You'll develop your understanding of policy and practice in primary education, and gain the knowledge and skills needed to work collaboratively and equitably in a range of settings.

Key features of the course Designed for people working with, or interested in the development and education of, children aged between 3 and 12 Opportunity to choose from a range of option modules Prepares you for further study, inquiry, and research; and for careers in teaching and other roles within education ... [-]

BA (Honours) in English Literature and Creative Writing

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English literature and creative writing. You’ll have the opportunity to study and interpret literature from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings – including translations – and to develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage. [+]

This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English literature and creative writing. You’ll have the opportunity to study and interpret literature from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings – including translations – and to develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage.

Key features of the course Learn how to analyse a wide range of texts including fiction, poetry and drama. Develop and reflect on your own writing practice Have the opportunity to develop a project based on independent study Learn the skills of complex argument and critical commentary, which are highly valued in the workplace Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in History and Politics

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history mostly after 1750 while providing a critical understanding of political ideas, institutions, issues and theories. You’ll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, security and insecurity, global justice, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism and resistance, class and gender. [+]

This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history mostly after 1750 while providing a critical understanding of political ideas, institutions, issues and theories. You’ll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, security and insecurity, global justice, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism and resistance, class and gender. Throughout the course you will be learning the skills of both the political scientist and the historian in studying historical materials and contemporary problems; exploring how we understand, interpret and debate past and current events as well as future trends; and investigating a range of critical approaches to historical and political analysis and understanding in an integrated manner.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Language Studies with English and French

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

For your study of English, you’ll find out how the language works, study its history, its politics and how it came to be such a hugely influential global language. Your French studies will cover a range of aspects relating to the language and its cultures around the world. [+]

This is one of several subject combinations available in our BA (Honours) Language Studies (Q30). For your study of English, you’ll find out how the language works, study its history, its politics and how it came to be such a hugely influential global language. Your French studies will cover a range of aspects relating to the language and its cultures around the world.

On completion, you’ll be an independent and intercultural user of French and have a robust and wide-ranging understanding of the English language. This will make you an effective global communicator, able to mediate between cultures and operate effectively in a vast range of professions in the public and private sector.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Language Studies with English and German

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

For your study of English, you’ll find out how the language works, study its history, its politics and how it came to be such a hugely influential global language. Your German studies will cover a range of aspects relating to the language and its cultures around the world. [+]

This is one of several subject combinations available in our BA (Honours) Language Studies (Q30).

For your study of English, you’ll find out how the language works, study its history, its politics and how it came to be such a hugely influential global language. Your German studies will cover a range of aspects relating to the language and its cultures around the world. On completion, you’ll be an independent and intercultural user of German and have a robust and wide-ranging understanding of the English language. This will make you an effective global communicator, able to mediate between cultures and operate effectively in a vast range of professions in the public and private sector.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Language Studies with English and Spanish

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

For your study of English, you’ll find out how the language works, study its history, its politics and how it came to be such a hugely influential global language. Your Spanish studies will cover a range of aspects relating to the language and its cultures around the world. [+]

This is one of several subject combinations available in our BA (Honours) Language Studies (Q30).

For your study of English, you’ll find out how the language works, study its history, its politics and how it came to be such a hugely influential global language. Your Spanish studies will cover a range of aspects relating to the language and its cultures around the world. On completion, you’ll be an independent and intercultural user of Spanish and have a robust and wide-ranging understanding of the English language. This will make you an effective global communicator, able to mediate between cultures and operate effectively in a vast range of professions in the public and private sector.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Language Studies with French and German

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

You will study a range of aspects relating to French and German language and culture around the world, including history, current affairs and the arts through a range of interactive materials and practical activities. [+]

This is one of several subject combinations available in our BA (Honours) Language Studies (Q30).

You will study a range of aspects relating to French and German language and culture around the world, including history, current affairs and the arts through a range of interactive materials and practical activities. You’ll also develop transferable, academic and digital literacy skills. On completion, you’ll have a high level of modern language proficiency and intercultural competence, making you an effective global communicator able to operate effectively in a vast range of professions in the public and private sector

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Key features of the course Learn about French and German cultures and develop your intercultural communicative competence Develop your critical thinking and communicative skills that will be valued in the workplace and beneficial to further study Become fluent in French and German, taking your language proficiency to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference Acquire valuable transferable skills in managing and motivating yourself, setting and achieving goals, using digital tools, and working collaboratively Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Language Studies with French and Spanish

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

You will study a range of aspects relating to French and Spanish language and culture around the world, including history, current affairs and the arts through a range of interactive materials and practical activities. [+]

This is one of several subject combinations available in our BA (Honours) Language Studies (Q30).

You will study a range of aspects relating to French and Spanish language and culture around the world, including history, current affairs and the arts through a range of interactive materials and practical activities. You’ll also develop transferable, academic and digital literacy skills. On completion, you’ll have a high level of modern language proficiency and intercultural competence, making you an effective global communicator able to operate effectively in a vast range of professions in the public and private sector.

Key features of the course Learn about French and Spanish cultures and develop your intercultural communicative competence Develop your critical thinking and communicative skills that will be valued in the workplace and beneficial to further study Become fluent in French and Spanish, taking your language proficiency to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference Acquire valuable transferable skills in managing and motivating yourself, setting and achieving goals, using digital tools, and working collaboratively Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Language Studies with German and Spanish

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

You will study a range of aspects relating to German and Spanish language and cultures around the world, including history, current affairs and the arts through a range of interactive materials and practical activities. [+]

This is one of several subject combinations available in our BA (Honours) Language Studies (Q30).

You will study a range of aspects relating to German and Spanish language and cultures around the world, including history, current affairs and the arts through a range of interactive materials and practical activities. You’ll also develop transferable, academic and digital literacy skills.

On completion, you’ll have a high level of modern language proficiency and intercultural competence, making you an effective global communicator able to operate effectively in a vast range of professions in the public and private sector.

Key features of the course Learn about German and Spanish cultures and develop your intercultural communicative competence Develop your critical thinking and communicative skills that will be valued in the workplace and beneficial to further study Become fluent in German and Spanish, taking your language proficiency to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference Acquire valuable transferable skills in managing and motivating yourself, setting and achieving goals, using digital tools, and working collaboratively Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Music

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This degree will broaden and deepen your understanding of a wide range of musical practices (encompassing western art music, jazz, popular music, and non-western music). You will develop the technical skills to analyze and create music in different styles, and the critical skills to discuss music in relation to its cultural contexts. You will also acquire critical and reflective skills to develop your own musical practice. [+]

This degree will broaden and deepen your understanding of a wide range of musical practices (encompassing western art music, jazz, popular music, and non-western music).

You will develop the technical skills to analyze and create music in different styles, and the critical skills to discuss music in relation to its cultural contexts. You will also acquire critical and reflective skills to develop your own musical practice.

Key features of the course Study a wide range of musical repertoires and practices, informed by world-leading research Create, analyze, perform and study the social contexts of music Develop practical music making and performance skills at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Open to musicians working in any tradition and at any stage of their musical development Relevant to a wide variety of musical and non-musical careers including teaching, arts administration, community music, and sound recording Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Social Sciences

Online Full time Part time 3 - 6  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This degree is designed to be flexible, teaching you the tools of the social scientist’s trade in conjunction with a related subject. Half of your studies will be interdisciplinary social science and sociology, giving you a firm grounding in knowledge and ideas central to the social sciences. For the other half, you can specialise in criminology, economics, geography, politics, psychology or sociology, or you can choose a combination of modules that most suits your interests. [+]

In a fast-changing world, the social sciences seek answers to the big questions we face as a society. Those answers inform the work of anyone needing to base their decisions on the best available evidence – civil servants, policy makers, business executives and many more. This degree is designed to be flexible, teaching you the tools of the social scientist’s trade in conjunction with a related subject. Half of your studies will be interdisciplinary social science and sociology, giving you a firm grounding in knowledge and ideas central to the social sciences. For the other half, you can specialise in criminology, economics, geography, politics, psychology or sociology, or you can choose a combination of modules that most suits your interests. Whatever path you take, you will acquire valuable transferable skills opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Social Sciences

Online Full time Part time 4 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to crime? The social sciences explore such questions and help inform professionals – from police officers to civil servants to business executives – who want to base their decisions on the best evidence. [+]

What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to crime? The social sciences explore such questions and help inform professionals – from police officers to civil servants to business executives – who want to base their decisions on the best evidence.

This degree is designed to be flexible, allowing you to specialise in a particular subject or to develop knowledge and skills from a combination of subjects including sociology, psychology, criminology, geography, politics and economics. You’ll be able to draw together ideas about the major issues that affect individuals and society, and you’ll acquire a wide range of valuable transferable skills – opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Social Sciences (Criminology)

Online Full time Part time 4 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. For the other half, you’ll learn how criminology helps us make sense of a range of issues related to crime, social conflict, criminal justice and criminalisation. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. For the other half, you’ll learn how criminology helps us make sense of a range of issues related to crime, social conflict, criminal justice and criminalisation.

On completion of your degree, you’ll be able to apply criminological and social theories, analyse a variety of evidence including statistical data, present arguments, write clearly and conduct your own research – opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.

Key features of the course Specialise in criminology within a broad interdisciplinary social sciences degree Explore real-world problems focussing on cutting edge, topical and often controversial criminological and social issues Gain a degree directly relevant to careers within the criminal justice system and other organisations concerned with crime and social justice Gain a strong set of transferable skills directly relevant to the workplace Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Social Sciences (Economics)

Online Full time Part time 4 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. In the other half, you’ll explore contemporary economic issues and will learn the economic theory needed to engage in current debates, analyse and assess different types of evidence, including economic data, and have the opportunity to carry out your own economics project. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. In the other half, you’ll explore contemporary economic issues and will learn the economic theory needed to engage in current debates, analyse and assess different types of evidence, including economic data, and have the opportunity to carry out your own economics project.

On completion of your degree, you’ll be able to apply economic and social theories, data analysis and analytical techniques to a variety of applied topics that affect individuals and society, and you’ll acquire a wide range of transferable skills – opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Social Sciences (Geography)

Online Full time Part time 4 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. For the other half, you’ll learn how key geographical concepts can be applied to some of the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century, including globalisation, development, climate change, migration and urbanisation.

On completion of your degree, you’ll be able to apply geographical and social theories to current debates, analyse and assess different types of evidence, including statistical data, to a variety of topics that affect individuals and society, and you’ll acquire a wide range of transferable skills – opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Social Sciences (Politics)

Online Full time Part time 4 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. For the other half, you’ll explore the fundamentals of political theory, examine the debates and conflicts inherent in a modern democracy. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. For the other half, you’ll explore the fundamentals of political theory, examine the debates and conflicts inherent in a modern democracy.

You’ll have an opportunity to focus on either international politics or contemporary political ideas. On completion of your degree, you’ll be able to apply political and social theories and analytical techniques to a variety of applied topics that affect individuals and society, and you’ll acquire a wide range of transferable skills – opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Social Sciences (Psychology)

Online Full time Part time 4 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. For the other half, you’ll first explore psychology through a range of real-world issues including love, sexuality and artificial intelligence before opting to study either social psychology or counselling and forensic psychology. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree.

Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. For the other half, you’ll first explore psychology through a range of real-world issues including love, sexuality and artificial intelligence before opting to study either social psychology or counselling and forensic psychology.

On completion of this degree, you’ll be able to apply knowledge of classic and contemporary theories and research in psychology and social theory to a broad range of practical and theoretical issues, using data analysis and analytical techniques to understand a wide range of topics that affect individuals and society. You’ll also have gained a wide range of transferable skills – opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Social Sciences (Sociology)

Online Full time Part time 4 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Alongside study of interdisciplinary social sciences, you’ll have the opportunity to explore how social sociologists make sense of social worlds, investigating topical issues such as immigration, family relationships, sex surveys and social networking. On completion of this degree, you’ll be able to apply social theories and analytical techniques to a variety of topics that affect individuals and society. [+]

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree.

Alongside study of interdisciplinary social sciences, you’ll have the opportunity to explore how social sociologists make sense of social worlds, investigating topical issues such as immigration, family relationships, sex surveys and social networking. On completion of this degree, you’ll be able to apply social theories and analytical techniques to a variety of topics that affect individuals and society. You’ll acquire transferable skills highly valued by employers, including working collaboratively, writing reports and presentations and use of IT to evaluate data.

Key features of the course Specialise in sociology within a broad interdisciplinary social sciences degree Learn how to apply the latest social science theories to a broad range of real-world situations Develop skills in independent working and apply these in an extended essay based on a literature-based research project Enhance your employability with a valued combination of knowledge and skills Course details ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Social Work (Scotland)

Online Full time Part time 4 - 10  October 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring a high level of motivation and commitment. You also need a qualifying degree. [+]

Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring a high level of motivation and commitment. You also need a qualifying degree.

The OU’s BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland) is approved by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), and successful completion entitles you to apply for registration as a qualified social worker, working in either children’s or adult services. To take this course, you need to be working in a social care agency in Scotland, whether or not you’re sponsored by your employer.

Key features of the course Continue in your employment while you study, earning while you learn Study through work-based and distance learning Develop the knowledge and practical skills that underpin effective practice Learn to deal with difficult and sensitive issues while working within a complex professional system Entry requirements ... [-]

BA (Honours) in Social Work (Scotland) (graduate entry)

Online Full time Part time 4 - 10  October 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This social work qualification is for students who already have a degree in any subject from a UK university. A shorter version of our BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland) (Q41), it enables you to join the programme at a later stage, provided that you meet the entry requirements. [+]

This social work qualification is for students who already have a degree in any subject from a UK university. A shorter version of our BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland) (Q41), it enables you to join the programme at a later stage, provided that you meet the entry requirements.

Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring a high level of motivation and commitment. You also need a qualifying degree. The OU’s BA (Hons) Social Work (Scotland) is approved by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), and successful completion entitles you to apply for registration as a qualified social worker, working in either children’s or adult services. To take this course, you need to be working in a social care agency in Scotland, whether or not you’re sponsored by your employer.... [-]


BA (Honours) in Social Work (Wales)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 8  October 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring a high level of motivation and commitment. You also need a qualifying degree. The OU’s BA (Honours) Social Work (Wales) is approved by Social Care Wales (SCW), and successful completion entitles you to apply for registration as a social worker. [+]

Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring a high level of motivation and commitment. You also need a qualifying degree.

The OU’s BA (Honours) Social Work (Wales) is approved by Social Care Wales (SCW), and successful completion entitles you to apply for registration as a social worker. To take this course, you need to be working or volunteering in a social care agency in Wales, whether or not you’re sponsored by your employer.

Key features of the course Continue in your employment while you study, earning while you learn Study through work-based and distance learning Develop the knowledge and practical skills that underpin effective practice Learn to deal with difficult and sensitive issues while working within a complex professional system Course details ... [-]

BA in Childhood and Youth Studies (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 6  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

What makes young people tick? What shapes and influences children’s development? How can the adults who work with children support them more effectively? This engaging and wide-ranging interdisciplinary degree is for anyone working with children and young people or with a general interest in the field. You’ll investigate policies, practices and issues affecting the lives of children and young people across a range of settings, developing your knowledge, your analytical skills and improving your practice. [+]

What makes young people tick? What shapes and influences children’s development? How can the adults who work with children support them more effectively?

This engaging and wide-ranging interdisciplinary degree is for anyone working with children and young people or with a general interest in the field. You’ll investigate policies, practices, and issues affecting the lives of children and young people across a range of settings, developing your knowledge, your analytical skills and improving your practice.

Key features of the course Spans the entire childhood age range from early years to youth Topics include child development and psychology, international childhoods, research with children, and children’s literature Relevant to a wide range of careers in childcare, education, health and social care. Course details ... [-]

BA in English Language and Literature (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

If you love the written and spoken word, this course is for you. A comprehensive and stimulating introduction to English language and literature, it investigates how the English language is used in a variety of global contexts and explores literature from different historical periods and in diverse cultural settings. You’ll explore writing and speech in a wide... [+]

If you love the written and spoken word, this course is for you. A comprehensive and stimulating introduction to English language and literature, it investigates how the English language is used in a variety of global contexts and explores literature from different historical periods and in diverse cultural settings. You’ll explore writing and speech in a wide range of forms, and develop your skills in the interpretation of literary and non-literary texts.

Key features of the course Learn how to analyse a wide range of texts including fiction, poetry and drama Explore the history of the English language and how it has become a global language Have the opportunity to develop a project based on independent study Learn the skills of critical commentary and complex argument that are highly valued in the workplace Course details ... [-]

BA in English Literature (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 6  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

English literature is a broad, accessible and important subject. On this course, you will study a range of texts dating from around 1570 to the present, from poetry to fiction to film, and discover a variety of approaches for reading them. [+]

If you are interested in reading between the lines, and being challenged by new ideas and ways of seeing, then this course is for you. English literature is a broad, accessible and important subject. On this course, you will study a range of texts dating from around 1570 to the present, from poetry to fiction to film, and discover a variety of approaches for reading them. You will develop your skills of analysis and communication, enabling you to take a fresh look at familiar texts and to encounter new texts and ideas with confidence.

Key features of the course Learn how to analyse a wide range of texts including fiction, poetry and drama Explore the work of some famous authors alongside some lesser known – but equally fascinating – writers Choose options in Creative writing or English language Develop advanced skills in analysis, evaluation and communication that are highly valued in the workplace Course details ... [-]

BA in Environmental Studies (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This innovative, interdisciplinary degree combines the social and natural sciences to help you understand these different dimensions and why their interrelationships matter as we respond to intensifying environmental change. [+]

Environmental issues are posing multiple challenges to people and ecosystems across the planet. These challenges can only be addressed effectively if the complex connections between the societal (social, political, economic, cultural, and ethical) and the biophysical (geological, physical, ecological) dimensions of environmental issues are taken seriously.

This innovative, interdisciplinary degree combines the social and natural sciences to help you understand these different dimensions and why their interrelationships matter as we respond to intensifying environmental change.

Key features of the course Understand the complexity and controversies behind key environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and resource depletion Combine a thorough interdisciplinary grounding in environmental change with a distinctive social science approach to environmental issues Learn how to apply conceptual understandings of environmental issues to real-world situations Enhance your employability with a valued combination of knowledge and skills Course details ... [-]

BA in History (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from around 1500 to the late twentieth century. You’ll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism, class and gender – learning the skills of the historian in studying historical materials; exploring how we understand, interpret and debate past events; and investigating a range of critical approaches. [+]

This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from around 1500 to the late twentieth century. You’ll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism, class and gender – learning the skills of the historian in studying historical materials; exploring how we understand, interpret and debate past events; and investigating a range of critical approaches.

Key features of the course Explore a wide range of historical topics, periods and places Find out what it means to be a historian Have the opportunity to develop a project based on independent study Develop key skills for a wide range of graduate careers Course details ... [-]

BA in International Studies (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This course explores the political, economic and cultural issues that these complex interconnections create – focusing on international politics, diplomacy, cooperation, war and security; international economics and development; cultural and religious interactions between different societies; and global environmental problems. [+]

Our world is divided into different societies. Yet it is increasingly interconnected. Relationships between nations, companies, cultures and individuals extend across regions and the globe.

This course explores the political, economic and cultural issues that these complex interconnections create – focusing on international politics, diplomacy, cooperation, war and security; international economics and development; cultural and religious interactions between different societies; and global environmental problems.

Key features of the course Considers the overall political makeup of the international system Investigates sources of order and disorder within it Emphasises development issues and the challenges faced by developing countries Applicable to a wide range of career paths Course details ... [-]

BA in Philosophy and Psychological Studies (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

What makes us happy? Do humans display irrational biases? How can I, a mere physical being, have thoughts and emotions? How does science progress and can I trust it? By what moral authority does the state rule over me? Who should get what? Is there a God? This fascinating course explores how we seek the answers to profound questions about ourselves, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe... [+]

Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about ourselves, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe.

What makes us happy? Do humans display irrational biases? How can I, a physical being, have thoughts and emotions? How does science progress and can I trust it? By what moral authority does the state rule over me? How should wealth be shared out?

By studying this degree you’ll learn to: read and understand scientific and historical texts; construct and analyse arguments; understand and use a range of research methods; and express your ideas clearly and logically. These skills are relevant to a broad range of career opportunities, including media, marketing, financial and social services, administration and management.... [-]


BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer, and does society always gain? What does justice mean, how do we define our rights? Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) – and the ideas and values that inform them – are central to how modern societies are organised and governed. This degree explores fundamental questions of power and ideology, beliefs and values, and how income and wealth are produced and distributed. [+]

Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer, and does society always gain? What does justice mean, how do we define our rights?

Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) – and the ideas and values that inform them – are central to how modern societies are organised and governed. This degree explores fundamental questions of power and ideology, beliefs and values, and how income and wealth are produced and distributed.

Key features of the course Gain insight into debates that dominate the daily news Learn skills and techniques to help you analyse and contribute to the discussion Explore how arguments (and public policies) are constructed in theory and tested in practice Increase your employability across the private and public sectors Course details ... [-]

BSc (Honours) in Computing & IT and Business

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

You will gain insight into all facets of the world of business: markets, organisations, processes, strategies, policies and decision making. You can choose the focus for your studies in computing & IT, selecting from computer science, digital technologies, networking, software development or web development. [+]

This is one of several subject combinations available in our BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and a second subject (Q67).

Computing and business have become closely intertwined throughout the world of work. You will gain insight into all facets of the world of business: markets, organisations, processes, strategies, policies and decision making.

You can choose the focus for your studies in computing & IT, selecting from computer science, digital technologies, networking, software development or web development. On completion of this degree, you will have the knowledge and skills to take part in the management and execution of computer-related projects in a business setting.... [-]


Top-up BA in Early Years (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 1 - 4  October 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This top-up version of our BA (Hons) Early Childhood degree enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years/Early Childhood Learning and Development, Higher National Diploma (HND) or Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Early Childhood Studies to enter the course directly at Stage 3. [+]

This top-up version of our BA (Hons) Early Childhood degree enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years/Early Childhood Learning and Development, Higher National Diploma (HND) or Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Early Childhood Studies to enter the course directly at Stage 3.

Key features of the course Matches the final stage of our BA (Honours) Early Childhood (Q89) Encourages critical understanding and reflection on contemporary issues and debates in early childhood Prepares you for further research, study, enquiry and practice Entry requirements

To be eligible for the top-up route to this degree, you will be an experienced early years practitioner and hold a Foundation Degree in Early Years/Early Childhood Learning and Development, Higher National Diploma (HND) or DipHE in Early Childhood Studies awarded within the last five years.... [-]


BSc

BA/BSc in Design and Innovation (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This ground-breaking course features online design studios, social networking, and inspiring study materials, and each module has a significant practical component. [+]

Design and innovation have a huge impact on society well beyond the creative industries – finding solutions to problems that affect every aspect of our lives. This ground-breaking course features online design studios, social networking, and inspiring study materials, and each module has a significant practical component.

Alongside design and innovation, you will study a complementary second subject – choosing from arts, business, engineering or environment – to gain knowledge and skills that will be useful in a wide range of careers.

Key features of the course Focus on the process of design, working with and for others, and applying design and innovation in real-world contexts Put your learning into practice as you study Build a highly relevant portfolio of design work Course details ... [-]

BSc (Honours) in Combined STEM

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The flexibility of our BSc (Honours) Combined STEM allows you to build your own degree from a wide range of STEM modules and study routes, including psychology and sports science – this means you can build a qualification that's unique to you. [+]

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The flexibility of our BSc (Honours) Combined STEM allows you to build your own degree from a wide range of STEM modules and study routes, including psychology and sports science – this means you can build a qualification that's unique to you.

Key features of the course Highly personalised – design your own qualification to suit your personal and professional needs, interests and aspirations Wide-ranging choice – study modules from across STEM subjects or focus on one or two specific areas Hugely flexible – you can switch direction easily if your needs or interests change Allows you to count university-level credits you’ve already gained from elsewhere Course details ... [-]

BSc (Honours) in Computing & IT and Design

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

You will develop practical skills and academic understanding of the processes of design and innovation, with particular regard to computer-based technology. The design modules introduce ideas relating to user-centred design; sustainable design; and the design process. [+]

This is one of several subject combinations available in our BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and a second subject (Q67). You will develop practical skills and academic understanding of the processes of design and innovation, with particular regard to computer-based technology.

The design modules introduce ideas relating to user-centred design; sustainable design; and the design process. These complement the skills and knowledge developed in the computing modules, which you can focus on computer science, digital technologies, networking, software development or web development. With these skills, you will be ready to contribute to the design of the digital electronic devices of the future.... [-]


BSc (Honours) in Computing & IT and Mathematics

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This is one of several subject combinations available in our BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and a second subject (Q67). You will learn basic ideas and tools of either pure mathematics (including analysis, linear algebra, group theory and geometry) or applied mathematics (mathematical modelling, mathematical methods and numerical analysis). [+]

This is one of several subject combinations available in our BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and a second subject (Q67). You will learn basic ideas and tools of either pure mathematics (including analysis, linear algebra, group theory and geometry) or applied mathematics (mathematical modelling, mathematical methods and numerical analysis).

In computing & IT, you can focus your studies, selecting from computer science, digital technologies, networking, software development or web development. The skills you will develop will enable you, in particular, to manipulate abstract concepts, using them to build solutions to practical problems in a wide range of employment contexts.

Key features of the course Offers a 50:50 split between computing & IT and mathematics Choice between pure mathematics and applied mathematics routes Provides a choice of computing & IT routes: computer science, digital technologies, networking, software development or web development Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, as partially satisfying the educational requirements for CITP (Chartered IT Professional) Course details ... [-]

BSc (Honours) in Geography and Environmental Science

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

By combining the study of geography and environmental science you’ll discover the complexities of our relationship with the natural environment. This qualification will enable you to understand and consider responses to the urgent challenges of climate change, globalisation, development, biodiversity loss, migration and urbanisation. [+]

By combining the study of geography and environmental science you’ll discover the complexities of our relationship with the natural environment. This qualification will enable you to understand and consider responses to the urgent challenges of climate change, globalisation, development, biodiversity loss, migration and urbanisation. It takes a holistic approach to topics such as deforestation, sustainable water resource management, pollution control, conservation and governance. You will explore the consequences and implications of environmental change for sustainability and learn about the social and natural processes and interactions operating in different environments. You will also acquire a wide range of transferable skills highly valued by financial, business and public sector employers.... [-]


BSc (Honours) in Psychology and Law

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Why do people harm others? What role does the law play in regulating justice within a society? In this stimulating combination of psychology and law, you will tackle fascinating questions like these, and gain an understanding of how we think, behave and interact with each other, as well as the legal awareness needed to understand and apply the law. [+]

Why do people harm others? What role does the law play in regulating justice within a society? In this stimulating combination of psychology and law, you will tackle fascinating questions like these, and gain an understanding of how we think, behave and interact with each other, as well as the legal awareness needed to understand and apply the law.

Key features of the course Explore the complexities of the law and the intricacies of the human mind and behaviour Apply psychological and legal concepts and ideas to real-world situations Build advanced critical, analytical and communication skills Enhance your employability in two important vocational areas Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.... [-]


BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Astronomy and Planetary Science)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The study of outer space has captured the imagination of humankind like no other scientific discipline. Discoveries at the far reaches of the Universe and the exploration of our solar system remain at the cutting-edge of science today. [+]

The study of outer space has captured the imagination of humankind like no other scientific discipline. Discoveries at the far reaches of the Universe and the exploration of our solar system remain at the cutting-edge of science today. In this specialist route available in our BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Q64), you will develop the knowledge and skills you need to actively take part in this endeavour.

You will be able to objectively and quantitatively describe, analyse, test and explain phenomena in the Universe, using appropriate quantitative tools and observational methods.

Key features of the course Plan and conduct your own astronomical observations by controlling our robotic optical telescopes at the Observatorio del Teide (Tenerife) Study our Solar System, planets orbiting other stars, the life cycle of stars, extreme conditions near black holes, and the evolutionary history of the Universe Develop your understanding of physical concepts and processes that underpin a wide range of phenomena in the Universe Develop mathematical, analytical, investigative, practical, communication and team working skills that are highly sought after by employers Course details ... [-]

BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Biology)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Biology is the study of life: the structure and function of living organisms and how they adapt, survive and evolve in changing environments. In this specialist route available in our BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Q64), you will explore diverse aspects of biology from cells to whole organisms, with further options to study subject areas such as human biology or to explore the role of science in society. [+]

Biology is the study of life: the structure and function of living organisms and how they adapt, survive and evolve in changing environments. In this specialist route available in our BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Q64), you will explore diverse aspects of biology from cells to whole organisms, with further options to study subject areas such as human biology or to explore the role of science in society.

You’ll develop analytical and scientific literacy skills carrying out practical work (home and/or onscreen experiments) and a research project. On completion of your degree, you’ll be a skilled, adaptable graduate with a range of transferable skills that are highly valued in the jobs market.... [-]


BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Chemistry)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Chemistry has a major and far-reaching impact on our everyday lives, from its role in the natural world, in our bodies and in the environment, to its importance in the production of new materials and drugs. Studying this specialist route through our BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Q64) degree, you’ll learn about the structure, properties and reactivity of molecules, and the integral role these play in our understanding of the world about us. [+]

Chemistry has a major and far-reaching impact on our everyday lives, from its role in the natural world, in our bodies and in the environment, to its importance in the production of new materials and drugs.

Studying this specialist route through our BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Q64) degree, you’ll learn about the structure, properties and reactivity of molecules, and the integral role these play in our understanding of the world about us. On completion of your degree, as well as gaining an understanding of chemistry, you will develop a range of transferable skills (such as problem-solving and analytical skills) that are valued by employers.

Key features of the course Study the classical disciplines of chemistry (inorganic, physical and organic chemistry) as well as atmospheric and biological chemistry Develop investigative and laboratory skills through online practical investigations delivered via our award-winning OpenScience laboratory with the option of hands-on laboratory work via short residential schools Apply your knowledge to explore a chemistry topic in depth in a final project of your choosing Course details ... [-]

BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Earth science is the study of how our planet evolved and the forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, the Earth that we live on. Most of what we use in our everyday lives including water, technology, plastics, buildings materials and transport rely on the expertise of an Earth scientist. [+]

Earth science is the study of how our planet evolved and the forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, the Earth that we live on. Most of what we use in our everyday lives including water, technology, plastics, buildings materials and transport rely on the expertise of an Earth scientist.

If you want to learn why volcanoes occur, what fossils indicate about past environments, how the oceans regulate climate and why sea-level changes then this specialist route, available in our BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Q64), is for you. As well as gaining an understanding of Earth sciences, you will develop analytical and problem-solving skills highly valued by employers.

Key features of the course Teaches you how to observe and gather important information about Earth processes and environments through the fascinating study of rocks, fossils, minerals and landforms Develops your skills in data collection, analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving; all of which are highly valued by employers Gives you the opportunity to carry out independent Earth Science projects, the chance to debate Earth Science issues and the options to attend field courses and use professional online databases Course details ... [-]

BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Environmental Science)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities of the natural environment and our relationship with it. This specialist route, available in our BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Q64), takes a holistic approach to the science of our environment investigating topics such as global warming, water resources, pollution and conservation. [+]

Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities of the natural environment and our relationship with it. This specialist route, available in our BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Q64), takes a holistic approach to the science of our environment investigating topics such as global warming, water resources, pollution and conservation.

Our environment is fascinating – but it’s under threat from climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. Explore the consequences and implications of environmental change for sustainability from a scientific perspective, by learning about the processes, links and interactions operating in different environments.... [-]


BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Physics)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The understanding of the physical world has been instrumental in technological advances that benefit society, and the quest to explore the smallest and largest scales of the Universe has been a natural urge of the human mind. In this specialist route available in our BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Q64), you will develop the knowledge and skills you need to take part in this endeavor. [+]

The understanding of the physical world has been instrumental in technological advances that benefit society, and the quest to explore the smallest and largest scales of the Universe has been a natural urge of the human mind. In this specialist route available in our BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Q64), you will develop the knowledge and skills you need to take part in this endeavor. You will be able to objectively and quantitatively describe, analyze, test and explain phenomena in the physical world, using appropriate mathematical tools and experimental methods.

Key features of the course Includes a pathway which is accredited by the Institute of Physics Develop your understanding of core physics concepts and processes that underpin a wide range of phenomena in the natural and manufactured worlds Acquire investigative and laboratory skills, including planning and conducting experiments, with the award-winning OpenScience Laboratory Develop mathematical, analytical, practical, communication and team working skills that are highly sought after by employers Course details ... [-]

BSc in Computing & IT and a second subject (Hons)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 6  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Computing & IT studied together with a second complementary subject can open up careers in a wide range of sectors. This joint honours degree offers you the opportunity to focus on an area of computing & IT and combine it with business, design, mathematics, psychology or statistics – dividing your time equally between subjects. [+]

Computing & IT studied together with a second complementary subject can open up careers in a wide range of sectors. This joint honours degree offers you the opportunity to focus on an area of computing & IT and combine it with business, design, mathematics, psychology or statistics – dividing your time equally between subjects. Your choice of the second subject will be included in the name of your degree, for example, BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and Business.

Key features of the course Offers wide choice of computing & IT modules, and options in a second subject Presents focus options within the computing & IT strand Enables you to tailor a study programme to meet your particular needs and interests Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT Quality assured by the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE) Course details ... [-]

BSc in Computing & IT and a second subject (Hons)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This flexible joint honours degree offers you a double opportunity. You can focus your studies on a specific area of computing & IT and combine it with business, design, mathematics, psychology or statistics – dividing your time equally between subjects. Organisations are critically dependent on computing technologies, and people who can apply specialist IT knowledge within the context of another discipline are in particular demand. [+]

This flexible joint honours degree offers you a double opportunity. You can focus your studies on a specific area of computing & IT and combine it with business, design, mathematics, psychology or statistics – dividing your time equally between subjects.

Organisations are critically dependent on computing technologies, and people who can apply specialist IT knowledge within the context of another discipline are in particular demand.

Key features of the course A wide choice of computing & IT modules, and flexible options in your second subject Tailor a study programme to meet your particular needs and interests Establish or develop a varied and fulfilling career Position yourself to meet the needs of today’s employers Course details ... [-]

BSc in Computing and IT (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Computing and IT skills have become fundamental to the way we live, work, socialise and play. This degree course opens up the world of technology and an array of exciting career opportunities. It will help you to become a confident user and manager of information technologies; to administer and manage network or database systems, and to develop new software solutions to meet specific market or organisational needs. [+]

Computing and IT skills have become fundamental to the way we live, work, socialise and play. This degree course opens up the world of technology and an array of exciting career opportunities. It will help you to become a confident user and manager of information technologies; to administer and manage network or database systems, and to develop new software solutions to meet specific market or organisational needs.

Key features of the course A flexible degree with a choice of routes Focus on computer science, digital technologies, software development, web development, or networking Increase your employability in a wide range of sectors, including finance, government, health, education, the voluntary sector, business, gaming and commerce Course details ... [-]

BSc in Economics and Mathematical Sciences (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving problems and you’re interested in the practical application of economics and mathematics, this degree course could be what you’re looking for. [+]

Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving problems and you’re interested in the practical application of economics and mathematics, this degree course could be what you’re looking for. It will give you a thorough grounding in mathematical, statistical and computational skills, and a sound knowledge of economic theory – together with a good understanding of economic issues.

Key features of the course Explores fundamental questions about our physical and economic world Extends analytical and model building skills applicable to a variety of contexts Develops essential skills to solve real problems and make sound judgments – from everyday choices about personal finances to high-level strategic decisions in employment Course details ... [-]

BSc in Environmental Management and Technology (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This interdisciplinary degree course combines aspects of science, management, technology and social science to help you understand the environmental systems in which we live and work, and how we can improve the way we act within them. [+]

How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How can we use technology to design more sustainable practices?

This interdisciplinary degree course combines aspects of science, management, technology and social science to help you understand the environmental systems in which we live and work, and how we can improve the way we act within them.

Key features of the course Gain the knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage environmental problems more sustainably Explore the complexities of natural and built environments, at local, national and international level Understand the interrelationships between human activity and environmental systems Develop your analytical, design and systems thinking skills Course details ... [-]

BSc in Forensic Psychology (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

What makes people do harm to others? What is a psychopath? How do you conduct an intervention with someone convicted of a violent crime, or help someone who has been the victim of a crime? This degree explores these and many other important questions to do with psychology, crime and justice. You’ll also cover the field of psychology more broadly, gaining a window into the workings of the mind and insights into why people behave the way they do. [+]

What makes people do harm to others? What is a psychopath? How do you conduct an intervention with someone convicted of a violent crime, or help someone who has been the victim of a crime?

This degree explores these and many other important questions to do with psychology, crime and justice. You’ll also cover the field of psychology more broadly, gaining a window into the workings of the mind and insights into why people behave the way they do.

Key features of the course Investigates how psychology is critical to understanding education, employment, mental health and relationships Explores how forensic psychologists contribute to debates on crime, policing, criminal justice and rehabilitation Builds advanced analytical and communication skills, and enhances your employability ... [-]

BSc in Mathematics (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Mathematics is indispensable to modern life. It enables us to predict the growth of markets, model airflow in a jet engine, calculate accurate drug doses and create 3D computer graphics. This degree will take your understanding of the concepts and theories of mathematics – and how they are applied in the real world – to an advanced level, and enhance your career prospects in a huge array of fields. [+]

Mathematics is indispensable to modern life. It enables us to predict the growth of markets, model airflow in a jet engine, calculate accurate drug doses and create 3D computer graphics. This degree will take your understanding of the concepts and theories of mathematics – and how they are applied in the real world – to a graduate level, and enhance your career prospects in a huge array of fields.

Key features of the course Covers a selection of exciting topics in pure and applied mathematics, and optionally statistics and physics, with a wide range of opportunities to develop experience with mathematical methods and software Offers a choice of two start points to suit your level of mathematical knowledge Develops problem-solving and analytical skills that are highly sought after by employers Applicable to a wide range of careers, from engineering to accountancy Contributes to membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) Course details ... [-]

BSc in Mathematics and Physics (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Studying mathematics and physics to degree level will change the way you think about the world. Discoveries being made now in mathematics and physics have the potential to transform our lives – and this course enables you to take part in the intellectual adventure. You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of key physical concepts and their underpinning mathematical theory, learn how to use essential methods and relevant software, and acquire skills in communicating... [+]

Studying mathematics and physics to degree level will change the way you think about the world. Discoveries being made now in mathematics and physics have the potential to transform our lives – this course enables you to take part in the intellectual adventure.

You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of key physical concepts and their underpinning mathematical theory, learn how to use essential methods and relevant software, and acquire skills in communicating arguments and conclusions clearly and concisely.

Key features of the course Explores the concepts of modern physics, including Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics Gives the opportunity to get plenty of practice with the tools of applied mathematics, including mathematical methods, mathematical modelling and numerical analysis Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are developed throughout Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) Recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP) Course details ... [-]

BSc in Mathematics and Statistics (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Mathematics and statistics play an important role in almost every area of life and are at the heart of advances in science and technology. This degree will equip you with indispensable problem-solving and decision-making tools. You’ll gain a good knowledge of probability and statistics, with options to focus on modern pure mathematics or applied mathematics, mathematical methods and modelling – together with experience of using relevant software packages... [+]

Mathematics and statistics play an important role in almost every area of life and are at the heart of advances in science and technology. This degree will equip you with indispensable problem-solving and decision-making tools. You’ll gain a good knowledge of probability and statistics, with options to focus on modern pure mathematics or applied mathematics, mathematical methods and modelling – together with experience of using relevant software packages.

Key features of the course Builds expertise in analytical approaches, classical and Bayesian statistics, underpinning mathematical theory and the use of professional software Provides experience in conducting and communicating statistical investigations Offers a choice of two start points to suit your level of mathematical knowledge Applicable to a wide range of careers, from data analysis to bioinformatics Contributes to membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and helps you to apply for the professional award of Graduate Statistician conferred by The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) Course details ... [-]

BSc in Natural Sciences (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news? Whether you’re keen to study a specific area of science, or you’re not yet sure where your interests lie – say in physics or biology – this degree is for you. Science graduates are well placed to enter both scientific and non-scientific jobs. The logical, reasoned approach needed for science study is relevant to a wide... [+]

We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news? Whether you’re keen to study a specific area of science, or you’re not yet sure where your interests lie, this degree is for you.

You can choose a broad study route where you select modules in areas of interest to you or a specialist route in biology, chemistry, Earth sciences, environmental science, physics or astronomy and planetary science. Your choice of specialism will be included in the name of your degree, for example, BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences (Chemistry).

Key features of the course Starts with a wide-ranging introduction to highly topical areas of modern science, giving you a good grounding in each An option to choose one of six branches of science to specialise in An option to study broad-based science and pick modules from across the science curriculum Opt for hands-on laboratory and field work, or take part online from home Build valuable transferable skills such as analytical, numerical and communication skills, team working, problem-solving and IT Course details ... [-]

BSc in Psychology (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The frequent query ‘What do you have in mind?’ quite literally captures much of what psychology – the science of mental life and behaviour – is all about. This fascinating degree investigates why we do the things we do; how we interact with others; how psychologists use research evidence to explore and debate issues such as ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health, and relationships; and much more... [+]

Psychology is all around us and touches upon every aspect of our lives. This fascinating degree investigates why we do the things we do; how we interact with others; how psychologists use research evidence to explore and debate issues such as ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health, and relationships; and much more.

Key features of the course Build your knowledge and understanding of different aspects of psychology Gain valuable analytical and communication skills Develop your ability to work both independently and collaboratively Enhance your employability and take the first steps towards professional accreditation as a psychologist Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.... [-]


BSc in Psychology with Counselling (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counselling and psychological therapy can help us cope. This degree explores theoretical and practical perspectives in these two closely aligned subject areas, with a specific focus on how counselling works and how it can help people change... [+]

The value of counselling to improve wellbeing and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counselling and psychological therapy can help us cope. Psychological therapies are rooted in psychological understanding, so this degree provides a strong foundation in psychology with a specific focus on how counselling works and how it can help people change.

Key features of the course Takes a broad look at the field of psychology, the workings of the mind and why people behave as they do Considers how counsellors and psychologists contribute to debates on different counselling approaches, mental health conditions, diagnosis and treatment options Explores how psychology is critical to understanding mental health, relationships, education and employment Develops a wide range of transferable skills that are highly prized by employers Course details ... [-]

BSc in Social Psychology (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Why do we cooperate with one another? Are leaders born or made? Why is one person receptive to a political speech or an advert and another immune? How do we intervene in situations like rioting and looting, when public opinion is very strong? This degree investigates such fascinating questions, developing your understanding of contemporary social psychology. You’ll also explore psychology more generally, gaining insights into the workings of the mind, and why... [+]

Why do good people do bad things? When do they help one another? What role do digital technologies play in our relationships? Has globalisation made people across the world more similar, or do old differences persist? How have gender identities changed? What does it mean to be a good citizen?

This degree explores these and many other important psychological questions about the relationship between individual psychology and the complex social world. You will examine how social psychologists use evidence from research to contribute to debates on a wide range of social issues including discrimination and equality, conflict resolution, migration, happiness and well-being. You will also explore how psychology is critical to understanding employment, mental health, and relationships.... [-]


BSc in Sport, Fitness and Coaching (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

If you’re an aspiring or practising leader of sport or fitness activities, this course will increase your effectiveness and skills, and develop your understanding of sports science, training, coaching and leadership principles. It takes a highly practical approach, applying science and theory to practice through activities and case studies, and by reflecting on real and potential work situations... [+]

If you’re an aspiring or practising leader of sport or fitness activities, this course will increase your effectiveness and skills, and develop your understanding of sports science, training, coaching and leadership principles. It takes a highly practical approach, applying science and theory to practice through activities and case studies, and by reflecting on real and potential work situations.

Key features of the course Focuses on the all-around physical and psychological needs of sports participants or exercise clients Develops your communication and analytical skills Encourages you to reflect on your own role Enhances your career prospects.

Please note: In addition to your OU study, you’ll need to identify and complete a level 2 UK-accredited (or equivalent) qualification in either coaching or exercise instruction at your own expense.... [-]


Top-up BSc in Computing and IT Practice (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 1 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

If you work in computing and IT and have already completed a foundation degree or equivalent, this degree course tops up your knowledge and skills to honors degree level, putting you in a strong position to develop a fulfilling career in information technology and related fields. It will also enable you to engage professionally with challenges such as the specification, design, deployment, and management of computing and IT systems. [+]

If you work in computing and IT and have already completed a foundation degree or equivalent, this degree course tops up your knowledge and skills to honors degree level, putting you in a strong position to develop a fulfilling career in information technology and related fields.

It will also enable you to engage professionally with challenges such as the specification, design, deployment, and management of computing and IT systems.

Key features of the course Typically takes two years’ part-time study to complete Tailor your learning from a wide choice of modules A final project gives you practical experience in independent learning and reflective practice Entry requirements ... [-]

Bachelor's

BA/BSc Open degree (Honours)

Online Full time Part time 3 - 16  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The BA/BSc (Honours) Open is the most flexible degree programme in the UK because you can study any subjects you like, in any combination. This means you can build a qualification that's unique to you. [+]

The BA/BSc (Honours) Open is the most flexible degree programme in the UK because you can study any subjects you like, in any combination. This means you can build a qualification that's unique to you.

Key features of the course Design your own qualification to suit your personal and professional needs, interests and aspirations Choose from a wide range of modules in any subject or focus your studies on one or two specific subjects Enhance your employability Easily change direction if your study interests change Count credit from university-level studies you’ve already completed elsewhere Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits. For your BA/BSc (Honours) Open degree you can:... [-]


Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Online Part time 2 - 5  October 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes

If you have completed an OU foundation degree or diploma of higher education in engineering (or equivalent) within the last eight years, this course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree level. You can tailor your studies to build on your previous qualifications and experience. [+]

If you have completed an OU foundation degree or diploma of higher education in engineering (or equivalent) within the last eight years, this course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree level. You can tailor your studies to build on your previous qualifications and experience.

Flexible module choices include structural integrity, micro and nanotechnology, engineering design, environmental technologies, energy and sustainability, and mathematics options. You will also complete an individual engineering project.

Key features of the course Matches the final stage (Stage 3) of our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Q65) degree Aligned with UK-SPEC learning outcomes Opens up a wide range of career opportunities and prepares you for postgraduate engineering courses Entry requirements ... [-]

Certificate

Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

Online Full time Part time 1 - 4  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Are you fascinated by the night sky and the mysteries of the universe? This certificate will provide you with a good basic introduction to astronomy and planetary science, and equip you with the skills for further study. [+]

Are you fascinated by the night sky and the mysteries of the universe? This certificate will provide you with a good basic introduction to astronomy and planetary science, and equip you with the skills for further study.

You’ll investigate the stars and their life cycles; the structure of planets and their atmospheres; galaxies and quasars; space exploration; planetary processes; and the origin and evolution of the universe – including how it might continue to evolve in the future.

Key features of the course Endorsed by the Royal Astronomical Society Develops skills of reason and logic that are highly prized in the workplace Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Certificate in End of Life Care

Online Part time February 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes Buckingham + 1 more

The Level 3 Certificate in Working in End of Life Care is achieved by undertaking the 17 credits from the five mandatory units and 9 credits from the optional units. [+]

Size of qualification

This Level 3 Certificate qualification has a minimum credit value of 26.

To register

To register for this qualification you need to complete a registration agreement form. This will prompt you to consider all the aspects involved in undertaking a supported distance learning qualification and to seek permission from your organisation to collect evidence in the workplace. To find out more about registering please click here ‘How to Register’

Supported Distance Learning

To achieve this Level 3 Certificate you will work through a series of seven modules. Each module is structured with set activities to enable you to:

Gather evidence for the qualification Receive guidance on how to present your evidence Understand how to use the e-portfolio system ... [-]

Certificate in Health Sciences

Online Full time Part time 1 - 4  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

If you’re interested in the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability, this certificate is for you. It integrates biological, chemical and physical sciences with psychology, health statistics, and social sciences to investigate the underlying causes and solutions in a range of conditions – from pain and addiction to lung disease and cancer. [+]

If you’re interested in the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability, this certificate is for you. It integrates biological, chemical and physical sciences with psychology, health statistics, and social sciences to investigate the underlying causes and solutions in a range of conditions – from pain and addiction to lung disease and cancer.

Key features of the course Explore a range of health topics in their wider personal, cultural and social contexts Learn to evaluate evidence; understand and use scientific terms and concepts; handle numbers; and interpret graphs and tables Enhance your employability in healthcare and other settings Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Certificate in Physics

Online Part time 2 - 4  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes

This certificate provides a wide-ranging introduction to physics and its applications, covering classical mechanics; thermal physics and fluids; fields, waves, and electromagnetism; relativity; and quantum physics – setting many of them in their historical context. [+]

Certificate in Physics

Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics will change the way you think about the world.

This certificate provides a wide-ranging introduction to physics and its applications, covering classical mechanics; thermal physics and fluids; fields, waves, and electromagnetism; relativity; and quantum physics – setting many of them in their historical context. It also gives you a fascinating introduction to experimental physics.

Key features of the course Endorsed by the Institute of Physics Includes hands-on, practical science activities Develops skills of reason and logic that are highly prized in the workplace Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Adult Health and Social Care

Online Full time Part time 1 - 4  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

If you work in health and social care, use services yourself, or would like to study to find out more about how we support adults in our care system, this certificate is for you. It provides an authoritative overview of the current context of health and social care for adults and older people, using real-life case studies to explore a wide range of fascinating issues and debates... [+]

If you work in health and social care, use services yourself, or would like to study to find out more about how we support adults in our care system, this certificate is for you. It provides an authoritative overview of the current context of health and social care for adults and older people, using real-life case studies to explore a wide range of fascinating issues and debates.

Key features of the course Deepens your knowledge and understanding of health and social care Develops practical and employability skills Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details

This certificate of higher education has one stage, comprising 120 credits.

Stage 1 (120 credits) Your first module will cover issues around care and caring, including communication, identity and safeguarding. In the second module, you’ll study various perspectives in mental health, health and well-being and ageing. Accessibility ... [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Children and Families

Online Full time Part time 1 - 4  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This certificate is ideal if you want to develop your interest in health and social care in the area of work with children, young people and families; and if you’re directly engaged in this area (or hope to be) as a paid or unpaid worker or carer. It will introduce you to key issues relating to the welfare of children and young people, including how health and social care services and practices are organised... [+]

This certificate is ideal if you want to develop your interest in health and social care in the area of work with children, young people and families; and if you’re directly engaged in this area (or hope to be) as a paid or unpaid worker or carer. It will introduce you to key issues relating to the welfare of children and young people, including how health and social care services and practices are organised.

Key features of the course Investigates key issues and debates about childhood, child development, child psychology and children’s rights Helps you apply your knowledge and understanding to your own life or work environment Builds a solid foundation for further study. Course details ... [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Computing & IT and a second subject

Online Full time Part time 1 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Ten years ago there was no Facebook or Twitter. Fifteen years ago broadband internet access at home was an unimaginable luxury. Twenty years ago you had to buy your books, music and feature films from a high street shop. How did the digital revolution begin? Where is it going? This course provides the answers – and the chance to study business, design, mathematics, applied psychology or statistics alongside... [+]

Certificate of Higher Education in Computing & IT and a second subject

Ten years ago there was no Facebook or Twitter. Fifteen years ago broadband internet access at home was an unimaginable luxury. Twenty years ago you had to buy your books, music and feature films from a high street shop. How did the digital revolution begin? Where is it going? This course provides the answers – and the chance to study business, design, mathematics, applied psychology or statistics alongside.

Key features of the course Explores the profound technological, economic, political and ethical change driven by digital advancement A choice of additional subjects to suit your career aspirations and interests Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study. Course details ... [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and IT

Online Full time Part time 3 - 2  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Ten years ago there was no Facebook or Twitter. Fifteen years ago broadband internet access at home was an unimaginable luxury. Twenty years ago you could only buy films, books, and music on the high street. Where did the digital revolution begin? Where is it going? In the twenty-first century, technology dominates the way we live, work, socialize and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential in today's workplace. [+]

Ten years ago there was no Facebook or Twitter. Fifteen years ago broadband internet access at home was an unimaginable luxury. Twenty years ago you could only buy films, books, and music on the high street. Where did the digital revolution begin? Where is it going? In the twenty-first century, technology dominates the way we live, work, socialize and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential in today's workplace.

Key features of the course An ideal starting point for a career in information technology, computing, communication technology and related fields Introduces the fast-changing world of computing and IT, and develops your mathematics skills Sample tasters in computing and IT, networking, Linux and robotics Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

Online Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This certificate combines aspects of science, technology and social science to help you understand the environments in which we live and work; how our activities influence them; how they influence what we do; and how can we live sustainably within them. [+]

This certificate combines aspects of science, technology and social science to help you understand the environments in which we live and work; how our activities influence them; how they influence what we do; and how can we live sustainably within them.

Key features of the course Develops the knowledge and skills needed to understand and interpret local and global environmental problems Equips you to contribute positively to debates in this field Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details

This certificate of higher education has one stage, comprising 120 credits.

In Stage 1, you’ll begin with a 60-credit introductory environment module followed by one from a choice of two 60-credit options.... [-]


Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

Online Full time Part time 1 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Natural and built environments support many aspects of our lives and livelihoods, but they’re under threat from climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. This certificate course combines aspects of science, technology and social science to help you understand the environments in which we live and work; how our activities influence them. [+]

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

Natural and built environments support many aspects of our lives and livelihoods, but they’re under threat from climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. This certificate course combines aspects of science, technology and social science to help you understand the environments in which we live and work; how our activities influence them; how they influence what we do; and how can we live sustainably within them.

Key features of the course Develops the knowledge and skills needed to understand and interpret local and global environmental problems Equips you to contribute positively to debates in this field Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study. Course details ... [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

Online Full time Part time 1 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Buckingham + 1 more

Why are some people colour blind? What makes us behave in particular ways? How are new drugs developed? If you’re interested in questions like these or thinking about studying a health sciences degree, this certificate is for you. It offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the science behind health while developing essential skills for study. By the end of the course, you’ll have a valuable qualification under your belt and be on your way to an honours degree... [+]

Why are some people colour blind? What makes us behave in particular ways? How are new drugs developed? If you’re interested in questions like these or thinking about studying a health sciences degree, this certificate is for you. It offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the science behind health while developing essential skills for study. By the end of the course, you’ll have a valuable qualification under your belt and be on your way to an honours degree.

Key features of the course Provides a broad introduction to human biology, psychology and health Develops skills in reasoning and logic that are highly prized in the workplace Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Language Studies

Online Full time Part time 1 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

If you’ve always wanted to learn a language, this Certificate is for you. You’ll start your studies with an introduction to key issues such as intercultural communication, language and identity, communication in the workplace and communication in a digital world – raising your general awareness of how language works. It introduces you to key... [+]

If you’ve always wanted to learn a language, whether, for career development or personal reasons, this certificate is for you. It offers a flexible introduction to the study of languages, the key concepts in language learning, and develops your study skills.

You can choose French, German, Italian and Spanish at beginners’ and intermediate levels, and Chinese (Mandarin) at beginners’ level or you can increase your knowledge and skills in using English for academic study. By the end of the course, you’ll have moved well beyond the basics in at least one of your chosen languages.

Key features of the course Introduces you to the cultures of the languages chosen and develops your intercultural communicative competence Takes you to level B1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in one or two modern languages Develops a range of transferable skills such as working independently, scheduling tasks and managing time effectively Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

Online Full time Part time 1 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Mathematics is a fascinating subject and highly relevant to contemporary life. Its tools and techniques are essential for solving problems and making decisions – and for many exciting careers from IT to engineering. This certificate is ideal if you need some underpinning mathematics for other studies or at work; as the first step towards higher level qualification; or if you’re simply curious and want to take your interest a bit further... [+]

Mathematics and statistics are fascinating subjects and highly relevant to contemporary life. Their tools and techniques are essential for solving problems and making decisions – and for many exciting careers from IT to engineering. This certificate is ideal if you need some underpinning mathematics for other studies or at work; as the first step towards higher level qualification; or if you’re simply curious and want to take your interest a bit further.

Key features of the course Introduces pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics Builds your confidence working with abstract ideas; modeling real-world problems and using mathematical and statistical software Offers a choice of two start points to suit your level of mathematical knowledge Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

Online Part time 2 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes

Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? This certificate is the ideal way to start. It offers a broad introduction to core science subjects while developing essential study skills. You’ll explore biology; chemistry; Earth sciences; environmental sciences; physics; and astronomy and planetary science. By the end of the course, you’ll have a valuable qualification under your belt and have taken the first step on the way to an honours degree... [+]

Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? This certificate is the ideal way to start. It offers a broad introduction to core science subjects while developing essential study skills. You’ll explore biology; chemistry; Earth sciences; environmental sciences; physics; and astronomy and planetary science. By the end of the course, you’ll have a valuable qualification under your belt and have taken the first step on the way to an honours degree.

Key features of the course Develops skills of reason and logic that are highly prized in the workplace Includes practical activities that you can do near where you live, or online in your own home Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

Online Full time Part time 2 - 7  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This certificate offers a broad introduction to core science subjects while developing essential study skills. You’ll explore biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, astronomy and planetary science. [+]

This certificate offers a broad introduction to core science subjects while developing essential study skills. You’ll explore biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, astronomy and planetary science.

Key features of the course Provides an introduction to topical areas of modern science, giving you a good grounding in each Includes practical activities that you can do near where you live, or online in your own home Develops skills of reason and logic that are highly prized in the workplace Course details

This certificate of higher education has one stage, comprising 120 credits.

In Stage 1, you’ll begin with a 60-credit introductory science module followed by another 60-credit core science module.... [-]


Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology

Online Full time Part time 1 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

If you’re interested in psychology and would like to learn more or find out if it’s the right subject for you, this certificate could be the ideal starting point. You’ll learn about the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, and how psychological research addresses real-life issues – including ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health, relationships and much more... [+]

If you’re interested in psychology and would like to learn more or find out if it’s the right subject for you, this certificate could be the ideal starting point. You’ll learn about the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, and how psychological research addresses real-life issues – including ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health, relationships and much more.

Key features of the course Gain knowledge and understanding of the different areas of psychology, with options to focus on childhood studies or social sciences Develop valuable analytical and communication skills Learn to work both independently and collaboratively Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

Online Full time Part time 1 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the risks, or why governments want to reorganise the NHS? Social scientists build theories and conduct research to understand why and how people, groups and institutions respond to change, exercise power and make decisions. [+]

Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the risks, or why governments want to reorganise the NHS? Social scientists build theories and conduct research to understand why and how people, groups and institutions respond to change, exercise power and make decisions.

This certificate provides a compelling introduction to social science approaches, and a springboard to further study. You’ll gain fascinating insights into everyday life in our communities, personal lives and workplaces, drawing on ideas from sociology, economics, social policy, psychology, geography, criminology, and politics.... [-]


Certificate of Higher Education Open

Online Full time Part time 1 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

If you’re keen to try university study but want to keep your options open, this flexible certificate is the ideal starting point. You can mix and match any subjects you like – following your enthusiasms, stretching yourself with a new subject, or focusing on something useful for your career (or all three!)... [+]

The Certificate of Higher Education Open provides you with an opportunity to study modules from a wide range of subject areas, enabling you to build a qualification that’s unique to you. If you’re keen to try university study but want to keep your options open, this flexible certificate is the ideal starting point.

Key features of the course Design your own qualification to suit your personal and professional needs, interests and aspirations Enhance your employability Easily change direction if your study interests change Course details

This certificate of higher education has one stage, comprising 120 credits of OU level 1 study.

You’ll start Stage 1 with 60 credits from a wide and varied choice of introductory modules. Worth 30 or 60 credits, these modules have been specially selected to develop your subject knowledge and study skills in preparation for further OU study.... [-]


Professional Certificate in Accounting

Online Part time March 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes

If you want a route into the accountancy profession or need accounting skills at work, this certificate is for you. You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of financial and management accounting and its role in business organisations – including how to prepare accounts and how to use accounting information for decision-making, planning and control. You’ll also explore issues of business law, corporate governance and ethics as they relate to accounting and management. [+]

Please note that the final enrolment date for this qualification will be 15th March 2018 after which it will no longer be available to new students. You must complete your study by 31st December 2019.

If you want a route into the accountancy profession or need accounting skills at work, this certificate is for you. You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of financial and management accounting and its role in business organisations – including how to prepare accounts and how to use accounting information for decision-making, planning and control. You’ll also explore issues of business law, corporate governance and ethics as they relate to accounting and management.

Key features of the course Prepares you for professional accountancy training Accredited by a range of professional bodies Provides exemption from some qualifying exams You may be able to count existing accounting qualifications towards this certificate Course details ... [-]

Professional Certificate in Management

Online Part time 1 - 4  April 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes

If you’re new to management, or you need to develop your managerial abilities and understanding, this certificate course is for you. It provides a broad-based, practical introduction to the key ideas, techniques and competencies needed to manage effectively and productively in all functional areas of modern organisations. The emphasis is on your own professional development – everything you study is related to the management roles and responsibilities you exercise. [+]

If you’re new to management, or you need to develop your managerial abilities and understanding, this certificate course is for you. It provides a broad-based, practical introduction to the key ideas, techniques and competencies needed to manage effectively and productively in all functional areas of modern organisations. The emphasis is on your own professional development – everything you study is related to the management roles and responsibilities you exercise.

Key features of the course Build on your existing experience to develop your learning Apply newly learned skills, knowledge and techniques immediately in your own context Respond to the management development needs of your organisation, wherever you are in the world Applicable to the commercial, public or voluntary sector. ... [-]

Diploma

Diploma in Higher Education in Humanities

Online Full time Part time 2 - 4  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This diploma of higher education encompasses a wide range of fascinating disciplines including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, French, German, history, music, philosophy, religious studies and Spanish. [+]

This diploma of higher education encompasses a wide range of fascinating disciplines including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, French, German, history, music, philosophy, religious studies and Spanish. As you work through the course, you’ll develop your cultural literacy and deepen your understanding of the past – while sharpening your critical awareness and refining the skills of debate and analysis that are highly valued by employers.

Key features of the course

A great diversity of perspectives, periods and subjects Practice and refine the skills of argument and analysis, enhancing your employability Learn to communicate your ideas effectively and reflect on your learning Builds your study skills and knowledge giving a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Diploma of Higher Education in Business

Online Full time Part time 2 - 4  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This 240-credit Diploma will provide you with a general understanding of business organisations and their structures and cultures; wider considerations such as environments, markets and processes; and how all these work together to contribute to organisational success. It will also give you an insight into core business functions such as marketing, accounting and finance, and their relevance to working life. Typically it takes four years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from two (full-time study equivalent) to 12 years. [+]

This 240-credit Diploma will provide you with a general understanding of business organisations and their structures and cultures; wider considerations such as environments, markets and processes; and how all these work together to contribute to organisational success. It will also give you an insight into core business functions such as marketing, accounting and finance, and their relevance to working life. Typically it takes four years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from two (full-time study equivalent) to 12 years.

Stage 1 info (for compulsory modules):

60 credits, beginning with B120 followed by either BU130 (generally applicable) or BUXS130 (relevant to public sector delivery)... [-]


Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Professional Studies

Online Full time Part time 3 - 12  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This flexible qualification enables you to develop lifelong learning skills that will open doors to further study and career development. You can choose from a wide variety of fascinating modules in any subjects you like, depending on your interests and career aspirations – including work-related modules to help you in your current role and enhance your future employability. [+]

This flexible qualification enables you to develop lifelong learning skills that will open doors to further study and career development. You can choose from a wide variety of fascinating modules in any subjects you like, depending on your interests and career aspirations – including work-related modules to help you in your current role and enhance your future employability.

Key features of the course Gain an understanding of your subjects in ethical, social, intellectual, academic and employment contexts Develop critical and reflective awareness of your own learning and professional practice Learn to be creative and open to new possibilities – especially in the workplace Builds a solid foundation for further study ... [-]

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT

Online Full time Part time 2 - 12  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential in today's workplace. This diploma gives you an excellent foundation for a wide variety of IT-related careers. [+]

Technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential in today's workplace.

This diploma gives you an excellent foundation for a wide variety of IT-related careers. Finance, government, business, commerce, public services and the voluntary sector are all critically dependent on computing and IT systems. Whether you want to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new opportunities or develop software solutions, there’s a study route for you.

Key features of the course A flexible diploma with a choice of routes through Choose options from computer science, digital technologies, software development, web development, or networking Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study ... [-]

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice

Online Full time Part time 4 - 12  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with them, and you’ll open up a huge variety of careers and other opportunities – from controlling processes to interfacing with customers and suppliers. This diploma is about acquiring skills and learning how to deploy them at work. Whether you want to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new opportunities or develop software solutions, there’s a study route for you. [+]

The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with them, and you’ll open up a huge variety of careers and other opportunities – from controlling processes to interfacing with customers and suppliers.

This diploma is about acquiring skills and learning how to deploy them at work. Whether you want to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new opportunities or develop software solutions, there’s a study route for you.

Key features of the course A unique work-based qualification Builds on the skills you already have to provide you with a broad-based foundation in computing and IT Builds a solid foundation for further study

A nationally recognised qualification in its own right, this diploma of higher education is also equivalent to the first two-thirds of an honours degree – see the Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice (Q68) for more information.... [-]


Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies

Online Full time Part time 2 - 12  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

How and why do different societies define specific acts as ‘crimes’ and certain people as ‘criminals’? Why do less equal societies have more crime? What is happening when a person tells a lie? This qualification explores questions like these about how people behave and examines how governments determine what they will and won’t tolerate. [+]

How and why do different societies define specific acts as ‘crimes’ and certain people as ‘criminals’? Why do less equal societies have more crime? What is happening when a person tells a lie? This qualification explores questions like these about how people behave and examines how governments determine what they will and won’t tolerate.

Key features of the course Understand how criminology helps us to make sense of crime and criminal justice Understand the uses of psychology and how it can be applied in practical contexts Appreciate the insights provided by selected perspectives within criminology and psychology Increase your employability across a diverse range of careers ... [-]

Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering

Online Full time Part time 3 - 9  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Engineering plays a central role in every aspect of our lives – from the built environment, electricity generation and transport networks to smartphones and bicycles. If you’re working in engineering-related employment at a technical level and would like to boost your career, this diploma is for you. A step up from a level 3 advanced apprenticeship, it combines academic skills with the needs of your workplace. [+]

Engineering plays a central role in every aspect of our lives – from the built environment, electricity generation and transport networks to smartphones and bicycles.

If you’re working in engineering-related employment at a technical level and would like to boost your career, this diploma is for you. A step up from a level 3 advanced apprenticeship, it combines academic skills with the needs of your workplace.

Key features of the course Applies the study of engineering fundamentals like energy, design, manufacturing, materials, mechanics and structural analysis, to the solution of real-life problems Develops your skills in mathematics which is key to the successful study of engineering Builds on your existing skills and experience from your current employment in engineering to support your professional development plans Includes a TWI route in materials fabrication for students who have recently completed a TWI welding diploma Builds a solid foundation for further study ... [-]

Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Management and Technology

Online Full time Part time 2 - 12  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

How can technology help us to manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices at local, national and international level? This interdisciplinary diploma explores how our activities influence the natural and built environments; how they influence what we do; and how we can design and adapt what we do to minimise excessive fossil fuel use, pollution and resource depletion. [+]

How can technology help us to manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices at local, national and international level? This interdisciplinary diploma explores how our activities influence the natural and built environments; how they influence what we do; and how we can design and adapt what we do to minimise excessive fossil fuel use, pollution and resource depletion.

Key features of the course Combines aspects of science, management, technology and social science Provides knowledge and skills to manage environmental challenges more sustainably Develops the analytical, interpretive and creative thinking skills valued by employers Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

Online Full time Part time 2 - 12  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact with a range of languages and cultures. It begins by providing a broad grounding in undergraduate language study, then enables you to specialise in two languages (choosing from French, German and Spanish studies), or one of those three languages and English – with additional options in beginners’ Chinese (Mandarin) and beginners' or intermediate Italian. [+]

The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact with a range of languages and cultures.

It begins by providing a broad grounding in undergraduate language study, then enables you to specialise in two languages (choosing from French, German and Spanish studies), or one of those three languages and English – with additional options in beginners’ Chinese (Mandarin) and beginners' or intermediate Italian.

Key features of the course Learn about the cultures of the languages chosen and develop your intercultural competence Takes you to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) of the Council of Europe in at least one modern language Explores how language is structured and how its use varies in different contexts Develops a range of transferable skills such as working independently, working collaboratively, managing and motivating yourself, setting and achieving goals and using digital tools Builds a solid foundation for further study and enhances your employability Course details ... [-]

Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

Online Full time Part time 2 - 12  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Mathematics and statistics are vital to modern society, from everyday tasks to economic policy and the latest advances in science and technology. They’re also indispensable to problem-solving and decision making in a wide range of situations. This diploma course will give you a thorough grounding in the fundamentals, and the chance to concentrate on mathematics (pure and applied) or combine mathematics with statistics – depending on your needs and interests. [+]

Mathematics and statistics are vital to modern society, from everyday tasks to economic policy and the latest advances in science and technology. They’re also indispensable to problem-solving and decision making in a wide range of situations.

This diploma course will give you a thorough grounding in the fundamentals, and the chance to concentrate on mathematics (pure and applied) or combine mathematics with statistics – depending on your needs and interests.

Key features of the course Explores essential topics such as formal proof, abstract structures, mathematical modelling, mathematical methods, random processes, and statistics including data analysis Uses key mathematical and statistical software to investigate and solve problems; analyse and interpret data Offers a choice of two start points to suit your level of mathematical knowledge Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

Online Full time Part time 3 - 12  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Science underpins everything we do – from mixing paint to predicting whether or performing microsurgery. If you’re curious about the world we live in or thinking about a science degree, this diploma is ideal. You’ll explore aspects of biology, chemistry, Earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, astronomy and planetary science – while developing critical thinking, data analysis and problem-solving skills. [+]

Science underpins everything we do – from mixing paint to predicting whether or performing microsurgery. If you’re curious about the world we live in or thinking about a science degree, this diploma is ideal. You’ll explore aspects of biology, chemistry, Earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, astronomy and planetary science – while developing critical thinking, data analysis and problem-solving skills.

Key features of the course Includes practical activities you can do near where you live, or online in your own home Develops logical and critical thinking skills that are highly prized in the workplace Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details

This diploma in higher education has two stages, each comprising 120 credits.... [-]


Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology

Online Full time Part time 2 - 12  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

If you’re interested in psychology and would like to develop skills and knowledge relevant to a wide range of careers, this diploma is for you. You’ll explore how psychologists use evidence to contribute to debates on ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health and relationships; and choose options to suit your particular interests. [+]

If you’re interested in psychology and would like to develop skills and knowledge relevant to a wide range of careers, this diploma is for you. You’ll explore how psychologists use evidence to contribute to debates on ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health and relationships; and choose options to suit your particular interests.

Key features of the course Explores different areas of psychology and how psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour Options include childhood studies, counselling, social sciences, or sport and exercise psychology Develops analytical and communication skills and your ability to work independently and collaboratively Builds a solid foundation for further study ... [-]

Diploma of Higher Education Open

Online Full time Part time 2 - 12  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The Diploma of Higher Education Open enables you to study any subjects you like, in any combination. So whether you decide to study a range of different subjects or specialise in one or two different subjects, you can build a qualification that's unique to you. [+]

The Diploma of Higher Education Open enables you to study any subjects you like, in any combination. So whether you decide to study a range of different subjects or specialise in one or two different subjects, you can build a qualification that's unique to you.

Key features of the course Design your own qualification to suit your personal and professional needs, interests and aspirations Choose from a wide range of modules in any subject or focus your studies on one two specific subjects Enhance your employability Easily change direction if your study interests change Count credit from university-level studies you’ve already completed elsewhere

A nationally recognised qualification in its own right, this diploma of higher education is also equivalent to the first two stages of our BA/BSc (Honours) Open (QD).... [-]


Professional Diploma in Management

Online Full time Part time 7 - 12  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The key to effective management and leadership lies in developing a critical understanding of your organisation and the practices of those who work in it, including your own. If you aspire to a middle-level management role in a large organisation or have a leadership role in a smaller one, this diploma will enhance your ability to manage projects and change and improve performance. [+]

The key to effective management and leadership lies in developing a critical understanding of your organisation and the practices of those who work in it, including your own. If you aspire to a middle-level management role in a large organisation or have a leadership role in a smaller one, this diploma will enhance your ability to manage projects and change and improve performance.

You will gain a broad, integrated picture of how your organisation works – enabling you to respond quickly and flexibly to rapidly changing markets and environments – and consider the compromises, tensions and interdependencies between operational, accounting, marketing, information, financial and ‘people’ issues. The skills of the reflective practitioner are an important theme throughout, and everything you study is related to the management roles and responsibilities you exercise.... [-]


Foundation Year

Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice

Online Full time Part time 4 - 12  April 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with them, and you’ll open up a huge variety of careers and other opportunities – from controlling processes to interfacing with customers and suppliers. This foundation degree is about acquiring skills and learning how to deploy them at work. Whether you want to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new opportunities or develop software solutions, there’s a study route for you. [+]

The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with them, and you’ll open up a huge variety of careers and other opportunities – from controlling processes to interfacing with customers and suppliers. This foundation degree is about acquiring skills and learning how to deploy them at work. Whether you want to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new opportunities or develop software solutions, there’s a study route for you.

Key features of the course A unique work-based qualification Builds on the skills you already have to provide you with a broad-based foundation in computing and IT Builds a solid foundation for further study ... [-]

Foundation Degree in Counselling

Online Full time Part time 3 - 12  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The value of counselling to improve wellbeing and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counsellors and psychotherapists are helping us cope. [+]

The value of counselling to improve wellbeing and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counsellors and psychotherapists are helping us cope.

This foundation degree, developed in partnership with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB), will prepare you to become a professional counsellor – equipping you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to work in this field.

Key features of the course Enables you to qualify as a professional counsellor Combines prior work-based learning at a local college with OU knowledge-based modules If you already have the required CPCAB qualifications, you can top up to the foundation degree by studying just the OU theory modules Builds a solid foundation for further study Course details ... [-]

Foundation Degree in Engineering

Online Full time Part time 3 - 9  April 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Engineering plays a central role in every aspect of our lives – from the built environment, electricity generation and transport networks to smartphones and bicycles. If you’re working in engineering-related employment at a technical level and would like to boost your career, this foundation degree is for you. [+]

Engineering plays a central role in every aspect of our lives – from the built environment, electricity generation and transport networks to smartphones and bicycles. If you’re working in engineering-related employment at a technical level and would like to boost your career, this foundation degree is for you. A step up from a level 3 advanced apprenticeship, it combines academic skills with the needs of your workplace.

Key features of the course Applies the study of engineering fundamentals like energy, design, manufacturing, materials, mechanics and structural analysis, to the solution of real-life problems Develops your skills in mathematics which is key to the successful study of engineering Builds on your existing skills and experience from your current employment in engineering to support your professional development plans Includes a TWI route in materials fabrication for students who have recently completed a TWI welding diploma Builds a solid foundation for further study ... [-]

MA

MA in Art History

Online Full time Part time 2 - 10  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The MA in Art History draws upon the exciting research and outstanding teaching expertise of the department. Studying art history at postgraduate level will deepen your understanding of art, architecture and visual culture, build your analytical and critical skills, and develop the skills needed for independent study and research. You will start by exploring the core concepts and recent developments that have shaped art history from Renaissance Italy to the contemporary Caribbean, before building on these foundations to expand your understanding of visual and material objects – incorporating architecture, art, and design. [+]

The MA in Art History draws upon the exciting research and outstanding teaching expertise of the department. Studying art history at postgraduate level will deepen your understanding of art, architecture and visual culture, build your analytical and critical skills, and develop the skills needed for independent study and research.

You will start by exploring the core concepts and recent developments that have shaped art history from Renaissance Italy to the contemporary Caribbean, before building on these foundations to expand your understanding of visual and material objects – incorporating architecture, art, and design.

You will complete the degree by researching and writing a dissertation on an agreed topic of your own devising.... [-]


MA in Childhood and Youth

Online Full time Part time 3 - 6  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth covering aspects of theory, policy and practice. It is ideal if you want to enhance your knowledge of this area, whether you’re already working in the field or planning to do so. You’ll begin by exploring the family; law; children’s rights; politicised childhoods; participation and voice issues; consumerist childhoods; education; ethnicity and religion; child criminology; child sexuality; and multi-cultural childhoods – within a worldwide context, using case studies linking theory to practice. [+]

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth covering aspects of theory, policy and practice. It is ideal if you want to enhance your knowledge of this area, whether you’re already working in the field or planning to do so.

You’ll begin by exploring the family; law; children’s rights; politicised childhoods; participation and voice issues; consumerist childhoods; education; ethnicity and religion; child criminology; child sexuality; and multi-cultural childhoods – within a worldwide context, using case studies linking theory to practice.

Finally, an extended piece of writing will help you examine the changing policy, organisational, personal and professional contexts of work with children and young people.... [-]


MA in Classical Studies

Online Full time Part time 2 - 10  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This fascinating course examines many different aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds – their literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, languages and material cultures – through a scholarly tradition that is both fast-moving and long-standing. You will investigate the different disciplinary areas within Classical Studies, and you will come into direct contact with a wide range of evidence from classical antiquity including literary texts and material artifacts, which you’ll examine from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives. [+]

This fascinating course examines many different aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds – their literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, languages and material cultures – through a scholarly tradition that is both fast-moving and long-standing.

You will investigate the different disciplinary areas within Classical Studies, and you will come into direct contact with a wide range of evidence from classical antiquity including literary texts and material artifacts, which you’ll examine from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives.

You will also acquire and develop research skills that will enhance your knowledge of the ancient Graeco-Roman world and prepare you for independent study, culminating in a dissertation.... [-]


MA in Education

Online Full time Part time 2 - 6  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This flexible qualification offers three specialist routes – applied linguistics, inclusive practice, or leadership and management – enabling you to engage with issues, concepts, and debates in an area that supports your professional development. Your investigative study will draw on your own and others’ experience and on appropriate literature, and will develop your understanding of the role and the limitations of research in informing educational practice. The qualification includes a literature review in a topic of your choice, and a substantial dissertation or research project situated in your own practice. You will need some experience of working with learners, either in teaching, the education advisory service, educational administration or an allied field, which may include informal learning settings. [+]

This flexible qualification offers three specialist routes – applied linguistics, inclusive practice, or leadership and management – enabling you to engage with issues, concepts, and debates in an area that supports your professional development.

Your investigative study will draw on your own and others’ experience and on appropriate literature, and will develop your understanding of the role and the limitations of research in informing educational practice.

The qualification includes a literature review in a topic of your choice, and a substantial dissertation or research project situated in your own practice. You will need some experience of working with learners, either in teaching, the education advisory service, educational administration or an allied field, which may include informal learning settings.... [-]


MA in English

Online Full time Part time 2 - 10  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

From Genesis to JM Coetzee, our MA in English offers you a rich and exciting experience of higher level literary study. You will broaden your knowledge and appreciation of different genres, periods, techniques and writers, and of the ways in which they have been transmitted and read. [+]

From Genesis to JM Coetzee, our MA in English offers you a rich and exciting experience of higher level literary study. You will broaden your knowledge and appreciation of different genres, periods, techniques and writers, and of the ways in which they have been transmitted and read. You will develop your independent skills in literary research that will culminate in a dissertation on a topic and texts of your own choosing.

This course can help you pursue or develop a career in the media, culture and knowledge industries, and other professions that require an understanding of literature and culture, and skills in the creative use of textual analysis.

Key features of the course Explores a wide range of literary texts from ancient times to the present Equips you with key research methods in literary study Provides ideal preparation for doctoral level research and a wide range of careers. Entry requirements ... [-]

MA in History

Online Full time Part time 2 - 10  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

If you have a passion for history and are looking for an intellectual challenge, this fascinating MA course could be what you are looking for. It explores aspects of British and Irish local and regional history between 1750 and 1950, introducing the key themes of Poverty and welfare, Crime, Police and Penal Policy, The role of families, Urban History, Religion, and Industrialisation. [+]

If you have a passion for history and are looking for an intellectual challenge, this fascinating MA course could be what you are looking for. It explores aspects of British and Irish local and regional history between 1750 and 1950, introducing the key themes of Poverty and welfare, Crime, Police and Penal Policy,

The role of families, Urban History, Religion, and Industrialisation. Using our world-class collection of online primary source materials, you will be encouraged to produce an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

Key features of the course Develops your ability to present a sustained argument in clear, logical prose Builds your skills of analysis, critical thinking, and practical research Provides a firm foundation for further research studies Applicable to a wide range of careers. Entry requirements ... [-]

MA in Music

Online Full time Part time 2 - 10  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This fascinating introduction to the methods and materials used for music research will suit professionals working in a wide range of music-related settings and is also applicable if you have a leisure interest in music. [+]

This fascinating introduction to the methods and materials used for music research will suit professionals working in a wide range of music-related settings and is also applicable if you have a leisure interest in music. Your studies will be based in the digital humanities using creative technologies to develop your research skills and critically analyze different musical sources.

You will encounter a number of musical topics, themes and repertoires from different periods and styles – as you engage with Western, non-Western and popular music – and will be able to tailor your studies according to your musical interests.

Key features of the course Introduces essential music research skills Explores a range of sources including text, music criticism and performance Investigates different musical styles and genres from across the world Concludes with a dissertation on a subject of your choice Entry requirements ... [-]

MA in Online and Distance Education

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This innovative MA offers you the unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of online and distance education through materials created by experts from The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology – who are reinventing digital learning through the innovative use of new media and technologies. You’ll develop your understanding of technology-enhanced learning, from design, selection and use to evaluation and continuing development. [+]

This innovative MA offers you the unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of online and distance education through materials created by experts from The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology – who are reinventing digital learning through the innovative use of new media and technologies.

You’ll develop your understanding of technology-enhanced learning, from design, selection and use to evaluation and continuing development.

A wide choice of modules enables you to contextualise your learning in topics of relevance to your own practice, including e-learning at work, social media, supporting disabled students, and research methods.

Key features of the course Our study environment enables you to collaborate with students from around the world There is scope for individual study and you'll receive individualised feedback from you tutor Puts your learning at the forefront of the latest developments in digital learning. Entry requirements ... [-]

MA in Philosophy

Online Full time Part time 2 - 10  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Studying the MA in Philosophy will hone your ability to think clearly and logically, and develop your writing, research and analytical skills. You will study texts from different periods and philosophical perspectives, including works by Plato, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt; and you will investigate contemporary debates on environmental aesthetics, consciousness, global justice, emotion, and morality in politics. [+]

Studying the MA in Philosophy will hone your ability to think clearly and logically, and develop your writing, research and analytical skills.

You will study texts from different periods and philosophical perspectives, including works by Plato, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt; and you will investigate contemporary debates on environmental aesthetics, consciousness, global justice, emotion, and morality in politics. Finally, you will undertake a substantial piece of independent research, writing a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Key features of the course Combines an in-depth study of philosophical texts and debates with a broad and diverse range of topics Examines texts by philosophers working at different times and from different perspectives Explores a variety of contemporary philosophical debates Develops valuable transferable skills that are highly prized in the workplace, including communication, problem-solving and self-management Excellent preparation for further study or research at doctoral level. Entry requirements ... [-]

MBA

MBA

Online Full time Part time 2 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This triple-accredited MBA is a unique distance learning qualification that builds business skills in the workplace, enabling you to critically assess multiple perspectives and apply new understanding in practice as you study. [+]

This triple-accredited MBA is a unique distance learning qualification that builds business skills in the workplace, enabling you to critically assess multiple perspectives and apply new understanding in practice as you study.

Designed for practising senior and middle-level managers, it emphasises strategic analysis, interdisciplinary skills, creativity and innovation. Its strong international emphasis and global reputation make it highly attractive to ambitious executives all over the world.

“In terms of career impact, my OU MBA was a game changer… The OU MBA has helped me to become an entrepreneur with a global mindset and cross-cultural leadership abilities.” – Ala Russu, MBA Graduate... [-]


MSc

MSc Engineering

Online Full time Part time 42  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Engineering is one of the most rewarding disciplines you can study. It offers tremendous variety, intellectual challenge and the high level of satisfaction that comes from problem-solving. [+]

Engineering is one of the most rewarding disciplines you can study. It offers tremendous variety, intellectual challenge and the high level of satisfaction that comes from problem-solving.

This course builds on your diploma studies by enabling you to investigate an issue or problem on a topic of professional relevance to you, and takes you a step further towards becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). It will help you develop a professional approach to your work, extend your engineering skills, and develop a range of transferable skills such as the ability to solve problems creatively, communicate effectively, manage projects and turn concepts into reality.

Key features of the course Develops your planning, organising, data collecting, analysing and writing skills Extends your knowledge of recent research scholarship Leads to professional qualifications Ideal preparation for a research degree. Entry requirements ... [-]

MSc in Advanced Networking

Online Full time Part time 3 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This MSc course is ideal for professionals needing knowledge and experience of advanced networking and research methods and is also an excellent basis for further studies at doctoral level. [+]

This MSc course is ideal for professionals needing knowledge and experience of advanced networking and research methods and is also an excellent basis for further studies at doctoral level.

It consists of four professional vocational modules, which include Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) materials, and either a final research project or a professional project combined with the study of digital forensics – drawing together the knowledge and skills you have gained and developing the skills required to address problems systematically.

Key features of the course Offers a choice of research or professional routes Develops your skill set with the largest Cisco Networking Academy in the UK Draws on the latest CCNP, CISSP and CCNA-S curriculum Provides the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to install, configure and maintain local and wide area networks Includes hands-on experience with using online tools and configuring networks. Entry requirements ... [-]

MSc in Computing

Online Full time Part time 3 - 6  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This qualification develops a rigorous approach to the study and application of computing and incorporates transferable skills that are highly applicable to professional development in the field. You can choose between the flexible MSc in Computing (offering a wide choice of industry-relevant modules), and the more focused MSc in Computing (Software Engineering) or MSc in Computing (Information Security and Forensics), which enable you to develop in-depth specialist knowledge. [+]

This qualification develops a rigorous approach to the study and application of computing and incorporates transferable skills that are highly applicable to professional development in the field.

You can choose between the flexible MSc in Computing (offering a wide choice of industry-relevant modules), and the more focused MSc in Computing (Software Engineering) or MSc in Computing (Information Security and Forensics), which enable you to develop in-depth specialist knowledge.

All three routes finish with a substantial independent project, with either a professional or research orientation. The professional project engages in a research scenario in an employment-related setting of your choice, while the research project enables you to design a research proposal relating to an issue or problem of professional relevance to you or an employer, institution or public body.... [-]


MSc in Development Management

Online Full time Part time 18  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This masters degree addresses the needs of development managers as well as other professionals who work in development contexts, local and global, Study promotes a better understanding of the complex processes labeled ‘development’, with a particular focus on dealing with conflict and on building the institutions that make development sustainable. [+]

This masters degree addresses the needs of development managers as well as other professionals who work in development contexts, local and global, Study promotes a better understanding of the complex processes labeled ‘development’, with a particular focus on dealing with conflict and on building the institutions that make development sustainable.

The study culminates in a research project which enhances both research skills and the understanding of a development management problem. Throughout, the degree helps build a range of development management skills and encourages critical reflection on how development is managed at present and creative thinking on how it might be managed better.... [-]


MSc in Environmental Management

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

From improving a company’s competitive edge and complying with environmental legislation to addressing the global challenges of climate change and energy conservation, environmental management affects us all. This qualification is designed to expand your knowledge of environmental management and develop the skills to participate in more effective, informed and creative environmental decision making – whether you’re already a specialist working in the field or planning to get involved, professionally or personally. [+]

From improving a company’s competitive edge and complying with environmental legislation to addressing the global challenges of climate change and energy conservation, environmental management affects us all.

This qualification is designed to expand your knowledge of environmental management and develop the skills to participate in more effective, informed and creative environmental decision making – whether you’re already a specialist working in the field or planning to get involved, professionally or personally.

You will examine current concerns of environmental protection, natural resource management and rapidly changing environmental legislation and policy, in local and global contexts. You’ll also develop the skills you need to unpack the issues and participate creatively in the process of improving environmental performance in all sectors of society.... [-]


MSc in Finance

Online Full time Part time 2 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This qualification is designed to support professional development and practice in a wide range of roles in finance – whether you are developing in your career or aspiring to enter the sector. It provides a thorough grounding in areas such as corporate finance, financial decision-making, financial reporting and governance. [+]

This qualification is designed to support professional development and practice in a wide range of roles in finance – whether you are developing in your career or aspiring to enter the sector. It provides a thorough grounding in areas such as corporate finance, financial decision-making, financial reporting and governance.

It develops competences in applying statistical and econometric techniques, and equips you with knowledge of the fundamentals of Islamic finance and behavioural finance.

You can choose to specialise either in derivatives and financial risk management, or in investment and portfolio management, and you will develop research skills and techniques relevant to higher academic qualifications by completing a dissertation on a finance topic of your choice that is relevant to your interests or chosen career development.... [-]


MSc in Human Resource Management

Online Full time Part time 2 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This qualification is suitable for those at the start of a career in HR or hoping to enter the HR profession and also line managers. This MSc combines an in-depth understanding of human resource (HR) management with a broader exploration of its organisational and management context. Whether you’re at the start of your career in HR, aspiring to enter HR or an experienced professional, it will give you up-to-date knowledge of organisational theory and behaviour and the specialist skills essential to practitioners. [+]

This qualification is suitable for those at the start of a career in HR or hoping to enter the HR profession and also line managers. This MSc combines an in-depth understanding of human resource (HR) management with a broader exploration of its organisational and management context.

Whether you’re at the start of your career in HR, aspiring to enter HR or an experienced professional, it will give you up-to-date knowledge of organisational theory and behaviour and the specialist skills essential to practitioners.

You will explore HR strategy both within organisations (including issues such as employee relations and employee engagement; learning and development, and employee resourcing and talent management) and in relation to the external environment – including globalisation and international forces, social and technological change and government policies and regulation.... [-]


MSc in Mathematics

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Mathematics is at the heart of advances in science, engineering and technology, as well as being an indispensable problem-solving and decision-making tool in many other areas of life. This MSc course enables you to delve deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics, through a wide choice of modules in fascinating areas such as fractal geometry, coding theory and analytic theory. [+]

Mathematics is at the heart of advances in science, engineering and technology, as well as being an indispensable problem-solving and decision-making tool in many other areas of life.

This MSc course enables you to delve deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics, through a wide choice of modules in fascinating areas such as fractal geometry, coding theory and analytic theory.

You’ll complete your MSc with a piece of independent study, exploring one of a range of mathematical topics in detail and concluding this study by writing a dissertation.

Key features of the course Ideal for mathematically inclined scientists and engineers as well as mathematicians Extends your knowledge and refines your abilities to process information accurately, and critically analyse and communicate complex ideas Develops an enhanced skill set that will put you at an advantage in careers as diverse as mathematics, education, computer science, economics, engineering and finance. The most popular MSc in mathematics in the UK. Entry requirements ... [-]

MSc in Professional Science

Online Full time Part time 2 - 7  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This qualification explores some of contemporary science's most pressing issues and develops a wide range of skills associated with postgraduate study. The MSc includes taught modules and a compulsory final project module which gives you the opportunity to explore a topic in further depth and undertake a substantial piece of independent research. [+]

This qualification explores some of contemporary science's most pressing issues and develops a wide range of skills associated with postgraduate study. The MSc includes taught modules and a compulsory final project module which gives you the opportunity to explore a topic in further depth and undertake a substantial piece of independent research.

Key features of the course Flexible study routes and options to suit your professional needs and interests Core science options include Earth science, space science, mental health science and medicinal chemistry Plan and carry out an in-depth research project in a related specialised area of your choice, and submit a written dissertation (your master's thesis) Develops critical, analytical and research skills, boosting your career or preparing you for further studies at doctoral level Course details ... [-]

MSc in Science

Online Full time Part time 2 - 7  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Buckingham Milton Keynes + 2 more

This qualification explores some of contemporary science's most pressing issues and develops a wide range of skills associated with postgraduate study. The MSc includes taught modules and a compulsory final project module which gives you the opportunity to explore a topic in further depth and undertake a substantial piece of independent research. [+]

This qualification explores some of contemporary science's most pressing issues and develops a wide range of skills associated with postgraduate study.

The MSc includes taught modules and a compulsory final project module which gives you the opportunity to explore a topic in further depth and undertake a substantial piece of independent research.

Key features of the course Flexible study routes and options to suit your professional needs and interests Core science options include Earth science, space science, mental health science and medicinal chemistry Plan and carry out an in-depth research project in a related specialized area of your choice, and submit a written dissertation (your master's thesis) Develops critical, analytical and research skills, boosting your career or preparing you for further studies at doctoral level Entry requirements ... [-]

MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This MSc course explores the way we think about and approach tasks or situations. Everyone brings with them their own perspective, which means that we all see things in different ways. The discipline of systems thinking in practice will provide you with the tools to challenge your approach to complex situations, consider the roles other people play, and assess how different components within those situations are related. [+]

This MSc course explores the way we think about and approach tasks or situations. Everyone brings with them their own perspective, which means that we all see things in different ways.

The discipline of systems thinking in practice will provide you with the tools to challenge your approach to complex situations, consider the roles other people play, and assess how different components within those situations are related. You will also develop the skills needed to think more holistically and work more collaboratively to avoid systemic failures.

Key features of the course Offers you the choice of a research route or a professional route Both routes develop essential skills for addressing systems thinking issues systematically in your own context, and extend your knowledge of recent research and research methods Concludes with either a substantial piece of independent study on a topic of professional interest to you, or a more academic in-depth research project. Entry requirements ... [-]

MSc in Technology Management

Online Full time Part time 3 - 8  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Technology has the capability to transform products and processes and, if managed effectively, can make a significant contribution to organisational performance, economic growth and social wellbeing. This MSc will provide you with the knowledge and skills critical to making the right decisions about technology strategy, innovation and management to really make a difference to your organisation and your own professional development. [+]

Technology has the capability to transform products and processes and, if managed effectively, can make a significant contribution to organisational performance, economic growth and social wellbeing.

This MSc will provide you with the knowledge and skills critical to making the right decisions about technology strategy, innovation and management to really make a difference to your organisation and your own professional development.

It is applicable to a wide range of sectors, including IT, manufacturing, healthcare, defence, financial services, local and national government services – and throughout your studies, you’ll be encouraged to apply your learning to your own particular technology context.... [-]


Master

Masters in Engineering (MEng)

Online Full time Part time August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes

The M03 MEng is for graduates who already hold an accredited BEng (either an OU BEng or from another institution). The M03 MEng is a 480-credit integrated masters degree that extends students' undergraduate studies to postgraduate level. [+]

The M03 MEng is for graduates who already hold an accredited BEng (either an OU BEng or from another institution).

The M03 MEng is a 480-credit integrated masters degree that extends students' undergraduate studies to postgraduate level. As a progression from undergraduate to postgraduate study must effectively be uninterrupted, the regulations say that it has to be completed within four years of the student's first degree. So if your BEng was obtained more than 2 years ago you may be better considering studying for our Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering followed by our MSc in Engineering, which have no such time limits.

After completing your first degree, you would complete a further 120 credits (if you are an OU BEng graduate) or 135 credits at postgraduate level (if you are a non-OU BEng graduate). If you are a non-OU BEng graduate, you will need to complete the 15-credit module T398 Towards chartership: professional development for engineers. However, if you have or are shortly expecting to gain chartered engineer status, then you may apply for an exemption from the requirement to do T398.... [-]


Postgraduate Certificate

Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration

Online Full time Part time 7 - 12  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This qualification will enable you to make a real difference to your management practice through the active use of frameworks, theories, and tools. It challenges you to engage with a wide variety of ideas and develop a repertoire of techniques and approaches applicable to your own context. [+]

This qualification will enable you to make a real difference to your management practice through the active use of frameworks, theories, and tools. It challenges you to engage with a wide variety of ideas and develop a repertoire of techniques and approaches applicable to your own context.

You will explore the operation and interplay between the core functions and disciplines of management, including project and change management, HR, accounting, marketing, and operations.

You will develop a good grounding in the theory and practice of managing and leading, and build key interpersonal and conceptual skills to help you make sense of and work with organizational complexity, and apply your new understanding in your own work.... [-]


Postgraduate Certificate in Computing

Online Full time Part time 1 - 2  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

The Postgraduate Certificate in Computing is an intensive programme of study designed for graduates and professionals with appropriate industrial experience. [+]

The Postgraduate Certificate in Computing is an intensive programme of study designed for graduates and professionals with appropriate industrial experience.

It will develop your knowledge and skills in computing, support a professional approach to the application of those skills, and demonstrate your capability for advanced-level study. A wide choice of modules enables you to meet your immediate career needs or extend your understanding of this broad subject.

Key features of the course A valuable qualification recognised by industry and frequently attracting students sponsored by their employers. Designed to support your continuing professional development. Provides evidence of your ability to study at postgraduate level. ... [-]

Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This certificate presents a framework for looking at the origins of all kinds of conflict – from civil wars to community disturbances – and explores the theory, policy and practice of intervention. You'll investigate the nature of development primarily from an international perspective. It is relevant to work in a wide range of contexts, including humanitarian or military agencies, post-war support operations, and conflict resolution around gender, class or ethnicity. [+]

This certificate presents a framework for looking at the origins of all kinds of conflict – from civil wars to community disturbances – and explores the theory, policy and practice of intervention. You'll investigate the nature of development primarily from an international perspective.

It is relevant to work in a wide range of contexts, including humanitarian or military agencies, post-war support operations, and conflict resolution around gender, class or ethnicity.

Key features of the course Explores the complexity of ‘development ‘ and the contexts in which it takes place, locally and globally Critically analyses development management Analyses the complex ways in which conflict is generated and the diverse forms it takes Develops the range of skills that contribute to conflict mitigation and the building of peace Makes links between academic learning and professional practice, to the benefit of both ... [-]

Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management

Online Full time Part time August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This certificate addresses the needs of development managers as well as other professionals – such as engineers, health workers, educationalists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists – who work in development contexts, local and global, with a view to bringing about good change. [+]

This certificate addresses the needs of development managers as well as other professionals – such as engineers, health workers, educationalists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists – who work in development contexts, local and global, with a view to bringing about good change. You'll gain a better understanding of the complex processes labeled ‘development’, particularly but not exclusively ‘international development'. You'll also explore the theory, policy, and practice of development management, encouraging both critical reflections on how development is managed at present and creative thinking on how it might be managed better. Alongside this, the certificate helps build a range of development management skills.... [-]


Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Management

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Environmental management is becoming increasingly important to everyone, whether at work, in the community or at home – from complying with environmental legislation to addressing the global challenges of climate change and energy conservation. [+]

Environmental management is becoming increasingly important to everyone, whether at work, in the community or at home – from complying with environmental legislation to addressing the global challenges of climate change and energy conservation.

This course addresses the everyday concerns of environmental protection, natural resource management and rapidly changing environmental legislation and policy. You will explore biophysical, social, political and economic factors from local to global level, and develop the skills you need to participate creatively in the process of improving environmental performance in your own context.

Key features of the course Widens your knowledge of the environment and develops your skills in making informed decisions about environmental issues Approaches environmental decision making from a systems viewpoint Considers how to assess and manage sustainability in an organisation and work towards a more sustainable future. ... [-]

Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management

Online Full time Part time August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This certificate will appeal to an international audience with an interest in human rights law and corporate social responsibility in development contexts. It is designed to facilitate constructive and informed decision making, giving you a thorough grounding in all areas of corporate social responsibility in contexts ranging from the local to the global. [+]

This certificate will appeal to an international audience with an interest in human rights law and corporate social responsibility in development contexts. It is designed to facilitate constructive and informed decision making, giving you a thorough grounding in all areas of corporate social responsibility in contexts ranging from the local to the global.

You will develop the skills needed to help and encourage organisations to respect human rights, avoid harm to people and the environment, and maximise their positive contribution to sustainable development.

Key features of the course Builds your understanding of the complex processes labelled ‘development’, and how to manage those processes more effectively Offers a critical examination of the concepts of corporate responsibility and human rights Focuses on assessing and finding solutions to complex situations in fast-changing business and institutional environments Makes links between academic learning and professional practice, to the benefit of both. ... [-]

Postgraduate Certificate in Integrated Practice in Childhood and Youth

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This certificate is designed for graduates from any discipline with a professional or personal interest in childhood and youth studies. There are two modules to choose from. [+]

This certificate is designed for graduates from any discipline with a professional or personal interest in childhood and youth studies.

There are two modules to choose from. If you work with children and young people, you could opt to reflect critically on the ideas that influence your practice and undertake a research project or literature review (E807).

Or you might prefer to explore critical perspectives on children’s lives today, at national and international levels (K802). Either choice will deepen your understanding of children’s lives and develop critical analysis skills relevant to integrated practice.

Key features of the course Suitable if you already work with children and young people, or hope to do so Explores diverse perspectives on childhood and youth and strategies designed to promote their welfare Examines the links between theory and practice, with a strong emphasis on your own context. This certificate is the first stage of a study programme that progresses to a postgraduate diploma and finally a masters degree. You can step off at any point, or study the whole programme. Entry requirements ... [-]

Postgraduate Certificate in Mathematics

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This flexible course will be of interest to mathematically inclined scientists and engineers as well as to mathematicians. It offers a wide choice of modules enabling you to tailor your studies to your particular area of interest and is applicable to work in the industry, business and commerce – as well as providing a firm foundation for additional study at masters and doctorate level. [+]

This flexible course will be of interest to mathematically inclined scientists and engineers as well as to mathematicians.

It offers a wide choice of modules enabling you to tailor your studies to your particular area of interest and is applicable to work in the industry, business and commerce – as well as providing a firm foundation for additional study at masters and doctorate level.

Key features of the course Develops your problem-solving and decision-making capabilities A wide choice of modules enables you to tailor the course to your needs Helps you stand out in a crowded jobs market.

This certificate is the first stage of a study programme that progresses to a postgraduate diploma and finally a masters degree. You can step off at any point, or study the whole programme.... [-]


Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This professional qualification gives an introduction to postgraduate study in the field of education and offers the opportunity to explore one topic in detail. The modules available cover a range of areas within education but all encourage you to draw on your own experiences and undertake enquiry in your own context. You may also qualify for this postgraduate certificate course if you do not complete a full masters degree in education. [+]

This professional qualification gives an introduction to postgraduate study in the field of education and offers the opportunity to explore one topic in detail.

The modules available cover a range of areas within education but all encourage you to draw on your own experiences and undertake enquiry in your own context. You may also qualify for this postgraduate certificate course if you do not complete a full masters degree in education.

Key features of the course Offers a rich diversity of modules to suit your professional requirements and interests Has an emphasis on professional development through collaborative learning Develops and consolidates advanced scholarship and independent learning in the context of your own practice Can be used as the first stepping stone towards the MA or MEd in Education on completion Entry requirements ... [-]

Postgraduate Certificate in Systems Thinking in Practice

Online Full time Part time 1 - 8  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This certificate may change the way you think about the situations you face. You will learn to think more holistically, understanding the roles other people play, taking account of the interconnectedness of all the components making up the problem situation and working more collaboratively. [+]

This certificate may change the way you think about the situations you face. You will learn to think more holistically, understanding the roles other people play, taking account of the interconnectedness of all the components making up the problem situation and working more collaboratively.

You will find out how to relate the ideas of key systems thinkers to your own practice. The discipline of systems thinking gives you the tools to challenge your approach to complex situations; to assess how all the different components within a situation are related; to consider the roles other people play; to recognise that each person brings with them their own perspective on a situation and to work with those multiple perspectives... [-]


Postgraduate Certificate in Technology Management

Online Full time Part time 1 - 8  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

If technology, innovation and change are factors in your organisation or role, this certificate will extend your knowledge, skills and capability – adding value to your career and your workplace. It provides a rounded view of the management of technology and technological innovation, investigating topics such as the nature and types of technological innovation, technology transfer, and eco-innovation – which are relevant to all economic and organisational sectors and types of technology. [+]

If technology, innovation and change are factors in your organisation or role, this certificate will extend your knowledge, skills and capability – adding value to your career and your workplace.

It provides a rounded view of the management of technology and technological innovation, investigating topics such as the nature and types of technological innovation, technology transfer, and eco-innovation – which are relevant to all economic and organisational sectors and types of technology.

The optional modules explore technology management within fields such as computing and ICT, business and management, development management and environmental management.

Key features of the course Focuses on the operational aspects of managing technological innovation and change Encourages you to apply your learning to your own particular technology context A wide choice of optional modules enabling you to tailor your studies to your own needs and interests. ... [-]

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Networking

Online Full time Part time 2 - 4  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This postgraduate diploma course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to install, configure and maintain local and wide area networks. On completion of this diploma, you will be able to go on and gain the industry recognised certification by taking the CCNP examinations. [+]

This postgraduate diploma course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to install, configure and maintain local and wide area networks. On completion of this diploma, you will be able to go on and gain the industry recognised certification by taking the CCNP examinations.

Key features of the course Develops your skill set with the largest Cisco Networking Academy in the UK Draws on the latest CCNP, CISSP and CCNA-S curriculum The chance to upgrade to our MSc in Advanced Networking Provides the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to install, configure and maintain local and wide area networks Includes hands-on experience in using online tools and configuring networks. Modules ... [-]

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

Online Full time Part time 18 - 60  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This innovative course is designed to develop a wide range of interdisciplinary skills that you can apply in your own work as you develop. You will gain a solid foundation in core management disciplines, including human resource management, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance, marketing and operations – learning to apply your knowledge to analyse, synthesise and evaluate a wide range of situations. [+]

This innovative course is designed to develop a wide range of interdisciplinary skills that you can apply in your own work as you develop. You will gain a solid foundation in core management disciplines, including human resource management, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance, marketing and operations – learning to apply your knowledge to analyse, synthesise and evaluate a wide range of situations.

You will explore economic, environmental, social and technological change issues; corporate governance; markets and customers; managing resources and operations; financing organisations; management and development of people; developing information technologies for application in business and management within a global knowledge-based economy, and development of appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing context to meet stakeholder interests.... [-]


Postgraduate Diploma in Computing

Online Full time Part time 2 - 4  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This flexible diploma enables computing practitioners to pursue their career goals by gaining advanced knowledge, skills and techniques; and to develop a professional approach to the study and application of computing. A wide choice of modules means you can tailor your qualification to the varied requirements of industry and your own career needs, with the option to focus on software engineering or information security and forensics in more depth. [+]

This flexible diploma enables computing practitioners to pursue their career goals by gaining advanced knowledge, skills and techniques; and to develop a professional approach to the study and application of computing.

A wide choice of modules means you can tailor your qualification to the varied requirements of industry and your own career needs, with the option to focus on software engineering or information security and forensics in more depth.

Key features of the course A choice of study routes and specialisms to fit your professional needs and interests Encourages you to draw on your own background and experience Develops transferable skills applicable to your employment and continuing professional development The chance to top up to the MSc in Computing in just one more year. Modules ... [-]

Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This postgraduate diploma addresses the needs of development managers as well as other professionals – such as engineers, health workers, educationalists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists – who work in development contexts, local and global, with a view to bringing about good change. [+]

This postgraduate diploma addresses the needs of development managers as well as other professionals – such as engineers, health workers, educationalists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists – who work in development contexts, local and global, with a view to bringing about good change.

You'll gain a better understanding of the complex processes labelled ‘development’, with a particular focus on dealing with conflict and on building the institutions that make development sustainable.

Alongside this, the diploma helps you build a range of development management skills, and encourages both critical reflections on how development is managed at present and creative thinking on how it might be managed better.... [-]


Postgraduate Diploma in Humanities

Online Full time Part time 2 - 10  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This postgraduate diploma will suit anyone with appropriate entry qualifications who has a passion for the arts and humanities and is looking for an intellectual challenge. At present, our postgraduate diploma includes subject lines in English and history. [+]

This postgraduate diploma will suit anyone with appropriate entry qualifications who has a passion for the arts and humanities and is looking for an intellectual challenge. At present, our postgraduate diploma includes subject lines in English and history.

Key features of the course Deepens your insights into human development, history and culture Provides enhanced career opportunities, academic achievement and personal fulfilment Subject lines in English and history Good preparation for further study at masters and doctoral level. Entry requirements

You must hold an honours degree to study for this qualification. Although your degree need not be in humanities, you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area. The first module brings you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches in humanities but does not offer remedial undergraduate training if your qualifications and/or experience are inadequate.... [-]


Postgraduate Diploma in Integrated Practice in Childhood and Youth

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes

If you work with children and young people and wish to enhance your knowledge or would like to move into this field, this postgraduate diploma will deepen your understanding and develop your practice. While there is no work-based requirement, you will get the most out of the qualification if you have access to an appropriate setting. [+]

If you work with children and young people and wish to enhance your knowledge or would like to move into this field, this postgraduate diploma will deepen your understanding and develop your practice. While there is no work-based requirement, you will get the most out of the qualification if you have access to an appropriate setting.

You will explore a wide range of issues within a global context, with featured case studies linking theory to practice, including: the family; the law; children’s rights; politicised childhoods; participation and voice issues; consumerist childhoods; education; ethnicity and religion; child criminology; child sexuality; and multi-cultural childhoods.... [-]


Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

If you want to develop your mathematical problem-solving and decision-making capabilities, this postgraduate diploma is an excellent place to begin. It has been designed for students who want to delve more deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics and is applicable to a wide range of contexts including science, engineering and technology. [+]

If you want to develop your mathematical problem-solving and decision-making capabilities, this postgraduate diploma is an excellent place to begin. It has been designed for students who want to delve more deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics and is applicable to a wide range of contexts including science, engineering and technology.

Key features of the course Extends your understanding of key areas of mathematics, including analytic number theory, advanced calculus and differential equations A wide choice of modules enables you to tailor the course to your needs The opportunity to top up to our MSc in Mathematics in just one more year. Entry requirements

You should normally have a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in mathematics or a 2.1 honours degree in a subject with a high mathematical content.... [-]


Postgraduate Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry

Online & Campus Combined 2 - 7  August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes

This qualification enables you to further your studies on aspects of medicinal chemistry that explore the links between disease, mechanisms of action and the development of safe, effective commercial drugs. [+]

This qualification enables you to further your studies on aspects of medicinal chemistry that explore the links between disease, mechanisms of action and the development of safe, effective commercial drugs. You have to opportunity to pursue these topics across a number of major health areas including cancer, heart disease, infectious diseases, neuropharmacology, and inflammation.

Key features of the course Develops your understanding of how drugs are designed Builds a wide range of skills associated with postgraduate study Gives you the opportunity to top up to the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry in just one more year. Course details

Modules

To gain this qualification, you need 120 credits as follows:... [-]


Postgraduate Diploma in Online and Distance Education

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This postgraduate diploma offers the unique opportunity to draw on the expertise of The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology - world leaders in the innovative use of new media and technologies in online education. [+]

This postgraduate diploma offers the unique opportunity to draw on the expertise of The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology - world leaders in the innovative use of new media and technologies in online education.

You will study the theory and practice of online and distance education, covering topics such as the learning experiences of disabled students and the technical aspects of accessibility; and the processes of designing, implementing and evaluating technology-enhanced learning. Working with our experts in collaboration with colleagues from around the world, you will be at the forefront of the latest developments.

Key features of the course Designed to develop creative, effective elearning professionals Builds your research and evaluation skills in the context of online education Enables you to experience producing online and distance education resources and improving them through peer engagement and reflection The opportunity to top up to our MA in Online and Distance Education in just one more year. Entry requirements ... [-]

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education

Online Full time Part time 1 - 4  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This professional qualification gives an introduction to postgraduate study in the field of education and offers the opportunity to explore one topic in detail. The modules available cover a range of areas within education but all encourage you to draw on your own experiences and undertake enquiry in your own context. [+]

This professional qualification gives an introduction to postgraduate study in the field of education and offers the opportunity to explore one topic in detail.

The modules available cover a range of areas within education but all encourage you to draw on your own experiences and undertake enquiry in your own context. You may also qualify for this postgraduate diploma course if you do not complete a full masters degree in education.

Key features of the course Offers a rich diversity of modules to suit your professional requirements and interests Has an emphasis on professional development through collaborative learning Develops and consolidates advanced scholarship and independent learning in the context of your own practice Can be used as a stepping stone to the MA or MEd in Education on completion Entry requirements ... [-]

Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice

Online Full time Part time 2 - 8  Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This diploma course develops your ability to approach and tackle complex, messy problem situations, providing practical tools that will help bring new perspectives and approaches to problem solving. It may well change how you think about a task and situation. You will consider the roles other people play, reflect on your own and others’ practice and assess how the different components within a situation are related. [+]

This diploma course develops your ability to approach and tackle complex, messy problem situations, providing practical tools that will help bring new perspectives and approaches to problem solving. It may well change how you think about a task and situation.

You will consider the roles other people play, reflect on your own and others’ practice and assess how the different components within a situation are related.

You will develop the skills to think more holistically and to work more collaboratively with others, in order to move towards effective solutions and avoid systemic failures.

Key features of the course Encourages fresh ways of thinking about and approaching complex tasks and situations Develops the tools and skills needed to tackle problem situation holistically, effectively and ethically. The opportunity to top up to our MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice in just one more year. Entry requirements ... [-]

Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Management

Online Full time Part time Open Enrolment United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

Technology has the capability to transform products and processes and can make a significant contribution to organisational performance, economic growth and social wellbeing. This postgraduate diploma is designed to help you manage technology and innovation more effectively and realise its potential benefits – making a real difference to your organisation and your own professional development. [+]

Technology has the capability to transform products and processes and can make a significant contribution to organisational performance, economic growth and social wellbeing.

This postgraduate diploma is designed to help you manage technology and innovation more effectively and realise its potential benefits – making a real difference to your organisation and your own professional development.

You’ll begin by focusing on the operational aspects of managing technological innovation and change, before engaging with a range of capabilities that are key to the development and delivery of technological innovation – applying your learning to your own context as you study.

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