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POSTGRADUATE COURSES YOUR 2018-2019 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
YOUR 2018–2019

POSTGRADUATE
COURSES
PROSPECTUS
POSTGRADUATE COURSES YOUR 2018-2019 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
POSTGRADUATE COURSES YOUR 2018-2019 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
EXPLORE THE OU
Achieve your goals with The Open University        3

Five reasons why you should choose us             4

Taking your study even higher                      5

What you can study                                 6

Learn in a way that suits you                      7

How you build your qualification                   8

How long your qualification will take              9

When and how you can pay                          10

Our research – creating your curriculum           12

Boost your career prospects                       14

FIND A POSTGRADUATE COURSE
Postgraduate courses                              15

BEFORE YOU GO
Other useful information                          36

Get in touch                              BACK COVER
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Dream of going further?
Believe you can. Explore your

                                                                                                       EXPLORE THE OU
full potential. Take your career
to the next level. We’re here
to help you succeed.

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
WITH THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
We’re pioneers in distance learning, and since we
were founded have helped more than two million
people realise their potential. Our unique approach
to learning means you don’t have to put your life
on hold to get the qualification you want.
                                                                        86%
                                                                        of FTSE 100 companies
                                                                        have sponsored employees
WE WILL:                          YOU CAN EXPECT:                       on OU courses
–– help you get a qualification   –– materials that are
   to suit you and your goals        designed with you in mind
–– provide you with the           –– continuous innovation –
   teaching and learning             we’ve been leading the way
   resources you’ll need             in distance learning for nearly
–– offer a flexible learning         50 years, ensuring education
   experience based around           is accessible, whatever
   you and your life                 your circumstances
–– use technology and teaching    –– access to world-class resources,
   methods that enhance your         whenever you need them
   study experience               –– qualifications that are
–– be there to support you           respected by employers
   every step of the way.            the world over.

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FIVE REASONS
         WHY YOU                 1.
          SHOULD                 We’re open to you –
                                 we make learning
       CHOOSE US                 available to all,
                                 regardless of
                                 background, age
                                 or additional
                                 learning needs.

      2.
      You can study
                                 3.
                                 We guarantee
      around your existing       outstanding value
      commitments – we’re        and a high-quality
      experts in helping         education at a
      people fit their studies   competitive price.
      around their busy lives.

      4.
      We’ve designed our
                                 5.
                                 You get more than
      qualifications to be       a highly respected
      vocationally focused,      qualification – you’ll
      ensuring you can put       be able to show you’re
      what you learn into        dedicated and committed,
      practice immediately.      skills that are valued in
                                 the workplace.

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EXPLORE THE OU
TAKING YOUR
STUDY EVEN HIGHER
It’s great you’re looking into postgraduate study.
You could become a specialist in your field and
open doors to more senior roles.

Going deep into a subject can be life-changing –
especially when it’s with the OU. We’ll put
everything into helping you succeed.

WE’LL WORK AROUND                                             I’d definitely recommend
YOU, WHEREVER YOU ARE           HAVE YOU                      OU study to anyone
You won’t have to               STUDIED BEFORE?               considering it. OU study
put your life on hold.                                        is flexible, it moulds itself
                                If you’ve studied before at
With The Open University,
                                postgraduate level it might
                                                              to your lifestyle and to
there’s no need to relocate
                                count towards your OU         your learning style.
or give up your day job.
                                qualification, cutting down   Alexis Redwood,
That’s why thousands            the modules you’ll need to    MA in Childhood
of people choose us for         study as well as saving       and Youth Studies
postgraduate study.             you time and money.           student
                                If you tell us what you’ve
                                done, we’ll do the rest.
                                Go to openuniversity.co.uk/
                                credit-transfer.

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WHAT YOU CAN STUDY
    Whatever inspires or             ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                     Whatever course you
                                                                            decide on, you’ll need:
    excites you, our tutors will     Typically, you’ll be expected
                                     to have a degree. But you might        –– an up-to-date computer
    introduce you to world-
                                     have professional experience,          –– reliable internet access
    class research and ideas.        other qualifications or prior
                                                                            –– a good understanding of
                                     university-level study that’ll
    You can study three types                                                  English. (You can check your
                                     help set you up for success.
    of postgraduate qualification:                                             English skills at openuniversity.
                                     What matters is that you’re able to:      co.uk/englishlanguage).
    – Masters degree
                                     –– find and understand research
    – Postgraduate diploma              material written for experts
                                                                            HOW YOU WILL
    – Postgraduate certificate.      –– critically analyse your findings    BE ASSESSED
    Whatever you choose,             –– follow academic convention
                                                                            You could be assessed
    we’ll give you:                     when presenting findings, ideas,
                                                                            in a number of different
                                        bibliographies and references
    – the flexibility to fit                                                ways. We use a combination
      postgraduate study around      –– reflect on different theories and   of assignments, oral or
      your other commitments            relate them to your own studies.    practical assessments,
    – the opportunity to                                                    projects, examinations,
      improve your career                                                   dissertations and portfolios.
    – freedom to follow your
      passions in depth.

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EXPLORE THE OU
LEARN IN A WAY
THAT SUITS YOU
You’ll have the flexibility to         PIONEERING TECHNOLOGY               DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL
                                                                           STUDY NEEDS?
fit study around the other             We’ve been using innovative
                                       technology to connect with          We’re committed to helping
things going on in your life,
                                       our students since we first         students with disabilities and
whatever they may be.                  started. We’ll make sure that       additional needs. We’ll give
                                       you always have what you            you the tools to help overcome
SUPPORTED OPEN LEARNING                need and feel connected.            obstacles that could stand in the
We have designed our learning                                              way of your learning – whatever
experience to combine flexibility      CONNECT WITH                        your needs may be.
and regular contact ensuring you       OTHER STUDENTS
get the help you need to learn in      You can use our module              DISABLED STUDENTS’
the best possible way. You’ll get      discussion groups to talk about     ALLOWANCE (DSA) –
regular support from tutors and        subjects or study methods, or you   UK STUDENTS ONLY
access to all the materials and        could follow us on social media.    A DSA can help you with
resources essential to your course.    Join the conversation on            study costs that result directly
You’ll also have access to a student   Facebook.com/OUstudents             from your disability or specific
support team who will be there to      Twitter.com/OUstudents              learning difficulty. They’re not
help you on your learning journey.     Instagram.com/OUstudentslive        means-tested and can go towards
                                                                           specialist equipment (such as an
                                       Or you could join one of the many   adapted computer), non-medical
                                       informal Facebook groups set up     study support (e.g. a dyslexia
                                       by students.                        support worker) or other related
                                                                           expenses. You can also apply
                                       STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
                                                                           for help with study-related travel
                                       You’ll gain automatic entry to      costs that result directly from
                                       our active students association     your disability.
                                       when you register – you can
                                                                           For more information go to
                                       help influence University
                                                                           openuniversity.co.uk/disability
                                       decisions, meet fellow students
                                                                           or call us on 0300 303 5303.
                                       and develop new skills.
                                       Find out more at
                                       openuniversity.co.uk/ousa.

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HOW YOU BUILD
    YOUR QUALIFICATION
    You gain a postgraduate
    qualification by building
                                                  60 credits at postgraduate level.
    up a set number of credits...

    CREDITS
    You need:
                                                     Postgraduate certificate
    –– 60 credits to gain a
       postgraduate certificate
    –– 120 credits to gain a
       postgraduate diploma
    –– 180 credits to gain                    A further 60 credits at postgraduate level
       a masters degree.                                 – total 120 credits.
    You gain credits by successfully
    completing modules…

    MODULES                                           Postgraduate diploma
    –– With each module you successfully
       complete, you’ll earn a set number
       of credits, usually 30 or 60.
    –– Modules are either compulsory or
                                              A further 60 credits at postgraduate level
       selected from a choice of options.
                                                         – total 180 credits.
    –– You choose the modules you
       want to study, year by year.

    GETTING STARTED                                       Masters degree
    –– All you need to do is choose which
       qualification you want to study and
       register on a module that counts
       towards that qualification.
    For information on how long your
    qualification will take – see opposite.

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HOW LONG YOUR
QUALIFICATION WILL TAKE
Exactly how long it                              Most of our students study                     Remember, you may be able
                                                 part time. The way we work                     to count previous postgraduate
will take to get your
                                                 gives you the flexibility to get               studies towards your qualification,
qualification depends                            the qualification you want in a                which could save you time by
on how many credits                              timeframe that’s right for you.                reducing the number of modules
you study each year                              See below for a guide to                       you need to study. To find out
                                                                                                more, go to openuniversity.co.uk/
and which qualification                          how long it will take you
                                                                                                credit-transfer.
                                                 to gain your qualification.
you’re working towards.

     PART TIME | 60 CREDITS A YEAR | 16–20 STUDY HOURS A WEEK

              POSTGRADUATE
     CERTIFICATE (60 CREDITS)

      POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA
               (120 CREDITS)

               MASTERS DEGREE1
                  (180 CREDITS)

                                          0                             1                             2                     3

                                                                            YEARS TO COMPLETE

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    Some masters degrees can be studied over two years. For more information, go to openuniversity.co.uk/pg
    and view your chosen qualification.

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WHEN AND HOW YOU CAN PAY
     We offer great value                  –– not currently have a masters        If you get a loan:
                                              degree or equivalent
     for money, giving you                                                        –– you’ll start repaying your
                                           –– be studying your qualification         loan the April after you’ve
     an excellent standard
                                              from the beginning.                    graduated or left the course
     of teaching at a highly
                                           If you get a loan:                     –– repayments are based on
     competitive price. And                                                          what you earn, not what you
     we’ll always help you find            –– you’ll start repaying your
                                                                                     owe. You only start paying it
                                              loan the April after you’ve
     a way of paying that suits               graduated or left the course
                                                                                     back when you earn more
                                                                                     than the income threshold
     your circumstances.                   –– repayments are based on what           (currently £17,775)
                                              you earn, not what you owe.
     HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?                                                       –– payments are deducted
                                              You only start paying it back
                                                                                     automatically from your salary.
     A qualification comprises a              when you earn more than
     series of modules, each with an          the income threshold                SELF-FUNDED STUDY
     individual fee. Added together,          (currently £21,000)
                                                                                  You can pay for your studies
     they give you the total cost.         –– payments are deducted               using a debit or credit card or
     The tables on page 11 provide            automatically from your salary      by bank transfer. Or spread the
     indicative qualification fees for     –– any balance outstanding after       cost with an Open University
     UK-based students. For details           30 years will be written off.       Student Budget Account – see
     of fees for students resident                                                below for more information.
     outside the UK, visit our             FUNDING – NORTHERN
     international students website        IRELAND AND SCOTLAND                   GET SPONSORED
     at openuniversity.edu.
                                           If you live in Northern Ireland        See whether your company
                                           or Scotland you could be eligible      or organisation would want
     FUNDING – ENGLAND
                                           for a fee loan of up to £5,500         to help you learn and develop,
     AND WALES
                                           towards the fees of your               it’s always worth asking.
     If you live in England or Wales you   qualification from Student
     could be eligible for a maintenance   Finance Northern Ireland
     loan of up to £10,609 from Student    or the Student Awards
     Finance England or up to £13,000      Agency Scotland.
     from Student Finance Wales.
                                           To be eligible you must:
     To be eligible you must:
                                           –– be resident in Northern             MORE ONLINE
     –– be under 60 years old                 Ireland or Scotland                 To find out more about
     –– be resident in England or          –– be studying for an eligible         fees and funding, go to
        Wales (although some EU               postgraduate qualification.         openuniversity.co.uk/pg-fees
        students may be eligible)                                                 or call an OU adviser on
     –– be studying a masters degree                                              0300 303 5303.
        which can be completed in
        no more than three years

        OPEN UNIVERSITY                      OUSBA will pay your fees to           case, interest does apply.
        STUDENT BUDGET                       The Open University, and you          The interest rate is fixed for the
        ACCOUNTS LTD                         repay OUSBA either in a single        duration of the course (current
        (OUSBA )                             sum or in monthly instalments.        representative APR of 5.1%).
                                             You may repay OUSBA at any            As a responsible lender, every
        When you enrol with                  time before the course begins.        application made to OUSBA
        us, you’ll be offered the            In this case, there’s no interest.    undergoes a credit and
        opportunity to pay your                                                    affordability check.
        fees through a loan                  Alternatively, you may repay
        from OUSBA.                          OUSBA in monthly instalments          Find out more about OUSBA
                                             payable over up to a year. In this    at openuniversity.co.uk/ousba.

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INDICATIVE QUALIFICATION FEES FOR UK-BASED STUDENTS

MASTERS DEGREE                                    POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA                           POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE

                                                                                                                                      EXPLORE THE OU
 SUBJECT AREA                     COST              SUBJECT AREA                     COST        SUBJECT AREA          COST
 Advancing                        £6,120            Advancing                        £4,080      Advancing             £2,040
 healthcare practice                                healthcare practice                          healthcare practice
 Arts and humanities              £6,120            Arts and humanities              £4,080      Arts and humanities   £2,040
 Business and                     £15,185–          Business and                     £10,925–    Business and          £5,800
 management (MBA)                 £17,400           management                       £11,600     management
 Business and                     £13,645–          (Business                                    (Business
 management                       £14,320           administration)                              administration)
 (MBA Technology                                    Business and                     £6,120      Business and          £3,060
 Management)                                        management                                   management
 Business and                     £9,180            (Finance/HRM)                                (Finance/HRM)
 management                                         Childhood                        £4,080      Childhood             £2,040
 (Finance/HRM)                                      and youth studies                            and youth studies
 Childhood                        £6,120–           Computing                        £5,135–     Computing             £2,415–
 and youth studies                £6,495            and IT                           £5,440      and IT                £2,720
 Computing                        £7,515–           Development                      £5,440      Development           £2,720
 and IT                           £8,160            management                                   management
 Development                      £7,480–           Education                        £4,080      Education             £2,040
 management                       £11,240
                                                    Engineering                      £5,685–     Environmental         £2,720
 Education                        £6,120
                                                                                     £7,045      management
 Engineering                      £8,405–
                                                    Environmental                    £5,440      Mathematics           £2,040
                                  £9,765
                                                    management
                                                                                                 Online and            £2,380
 Environmental                    £8,160
                                                    Mathematics                      £4,080      distance education
 management
                                                    Online and                       £4,760      Science               £2,380
 Law                              £7,855–
                                                    distance education
                                  £8,160                                                         Social science        £2,040
 Mathematics                      £6,120            Science                          £4,760–     and psychology
                                                                                     £5,100
 Online and                       £6,800–                                                        Systems thinking      £2,415–
 distance education               £7,140            Social work                      £7,160                            £2,720

 Open masters                     £5,780–           Systems thinking                 £4,760–     Technology            £2,415–
                                  £11,920                                            £8,520      management            £2,720

 Science                          £7,140–           Technology                       £5,135–     Translation           £1,700
                                  £7,480            management                       £8,520

 Social science                   £6,120            Translation                      £3,400
 and psychology
 Social work                      £9,200
 Systems thinking                 £7,175–
                                  £12,780
 Technology                       £7,855–
 management                       £12,780
 Translation                      £5,100

The fee information provided above is valid for courses starting before 31 July 2019.
Fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University’s strategic approach to fees.

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OUR RESEARCH –
     CREATING YOUR CURRICULUM
     We’re leading the way             BISEXUAL BRITAIN                    MIGRANT MOTHERS
     in world-class research.          OU researchers Meg John             We live in an increasingly
                                       Barker and Rebecca Jones,           diverse world. In 2013, in the
     Tackling real-life issues.
                                       along with colleagues from          UK alone, 25% of newborns
     And making sure the               BiUK, have been investigating       were to migrant mothers.
     curriculum you study              the UK bisexual experience.         Dr Umut Erel, one of our leading
     remains cutting-edge.             We published The Bisexuality        sociology lecturers, has been
                                       Report with BiUK to inform public   conducting research into the way
     VOLCANO SAFETY                    debate. It’s been endorsed by       these mothers use their range of
     First we developed EVOSS –        national organisations including    skills to help the next generation
     the European Volcano              Stonewall, and downloaded           successfully integrate into society.
     Observatory Space Services        over 50,000 times.                  This insight forms part of our new
     project. Now we’re developing                                         priority research area, Citizenship
     a real-time satellite volcano                                         and Governance, investigating the
     monitoring system, designed                                           changing relationship between
     to expand worldwide. We’ll                                            citizens, markets and states.
     provide vital information on
     lavas, gas columns and ash
     plumes – potentially protecting
     thousands of people.

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DOGS GO DIGITAL                   ROSETTA: THE GREAT SPACE              FAST FASHION
Dr Clara Mancini set up our       MISSION OF OUR TIME                   We need international
first research programme into     It took 10 years for the Rosetta      development. But ‘fast
animal-computer interaction.      space mission to reach Comet          fashion’ isn’t sustainable.
Developing tools to enable dogs   67P. But after travelling almost      A team at the OU is researching
to work in medical detection.     four billion miles, it finally made   how clothes are made, sold
One tool lets diabetes-alert      it on 6 August 2014.                  and disposed of globally, and
dogs raise help if their owner    Getting there was the first hurdle.   investigating people’s views
suffers a hypoglycaemic attack.   Then it was down to the important     of sustainability in relation
Another allows trained pets       instrumentation built by the OU       to clothing.
to operate lights or doors.       to do its work. Like Ptolemy,
Through digital technology        which measured samples from
we hope to link these tools to    the comet, and found they
wireless appliances, alerting     contained sugars and amino
others that help is required,     acids: the building blocks of life.
making these even more                                                  MORE ONLINE
useful in people’s homes.
                                                                        Find out what else
                                                                        we’re discovering
                                                                        openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                        ouresearch.

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BOOST YOUR
     CAREER PROSPECTS
     An OU qualification                 Our qualifications are results-    For me the OU has been
     can really boost your               driven. We build many of our       life-changing. It’s enabled
                                         courses around real workplace      me to achieve my dream of
     career. Employers the               situations so your employer
                                                                            becoming an Engineering
     world over will respect             will see the results of your
                                                                            Consultant. Without my
     what you’ve tackled.                study immediately.
                                                                            OU qualification I wouldn’t
                                         CAREERS ADVICE.                    have had this opportunity.
     They know it’s hard to juggle       RIGHT FROM DAY ONE
     study, work and family life.                                           Faye Banks,
     There’s no better way to show       We’ll help you start, change       Master of Engineering
     you can seize opportunity,          or develop your career.
     that you’re ready to learn,         You can contact us at any
     and up for fresh challenges.        point during your course.
     Network Rail, IBM                   We’ll help you explore a
     and PwC are just some               huge range of resources.
     of the firms which seek             And discover opportunities
     recruits from the OU.               you might otherwise
                                         never encounter.
     YOU’LL BE WORKING                   Once you’re registered,
     HARD. AND WE’LL BE
                                         you’ll get access to:
     WORKING HARD FOR YOU
                                         –– our online forums, webinars,
     For decades, we’ve worked
                                            and Facebook Live chats
     on building relationships with
     employers to understand what        –– our LinkedIn networking group
     they’re looking for. That’s why     –– The Open University
     so many are happy to sponsor           Careers Network (TOUCAN)
     their staff to study with the OU.   –– experienced careers
     Our materials are often designed       consultants.
     by leading public and private
     sector industry experts. And we
     check them with skills councils,
     businesses and professional
     bodies to make sure they’re
     current and relevant.
                                         MORE ONLINE
                                         Find out more at
                                         openuniversity.co.uk/careers.

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FIND A
POSTGRADUATE COURSE
In this section you can     POSTGRADUATE COURSES
find information about
the subjects and specific   Arts and humanities                        16
qualifications that we      Business and management                    18
offer. There’s a wide
range of fascinating        Childhood and youth studies                20
subjects to choose from.    Computing and IT                           21

                            Education                                  22

                            Engineering, systems thinking              24
                            and technology management

MORE ONLINE                 Environmental and development management   26
For more information        Health and social care                     28
and to register, go to
openuniversity.co.uk/pg.    Languages                                  29

                            Law                                        30

                            Mathematics                                31

                            Science                                    32

                            Social science and psychology              34

                            Open masters                               35

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ARTS AND HUMANITIES
     Exploring and analysing human culture and history gives us a deeper insight
     into the world we live in and how we got here. If you thrive on intellectual challenge
     and have a passion for the arts, our postgraduate study has much to offer you.

     The rewards include advanced        Many of our postgraduates have      skills to help take their career to
     academic achievement,               followed a pathway into academic    a more senior level in areas such
     enhanced career opportunities       and research careers, going on      as teaching, journalism, media
     and personal fulfilment.            to complete MPhil and/or PhD        and public sector employment.
     Around 1,800 students are           degrees. Some publish books         The table below shows the
     currently engaged in our flexible   and articles resulting from their   postgraduate qualifications
     programme, which covers many        dissertation research. Others       we currently offer in arts
     fascinating aspects of historical   have used their newly acquired      and humanities.
     and contemporary cultures.
     Modules are designed to stretch
     your abilities and refine your                          POSTGRADUATE POSTGRADUATE              MASTERS
                                         SUBJECTS
                                                              CERTIFICATE    DIPLOMA                DEGREE
     research and analytical skills,
     providing you with excellent        Art history                                                F33 (MA)
     credentials both for the world
                                         Classical studies                                          F27 (MA)
     of employment and for further
     higher-level qualifications.        Creative writing                                           F71 (MA)
     In addition to the personal
                                         English                                                    F58 (MA)
     satisfaction of studying to
     a higher level, arts and            History                                                    F28 (MA)
     humanities MAs are useful
                                         Humanities                C20              D35
     in a wide range of careers.
                                         Music                                                      F32 (MA)
                                         Philosophy                                                 F30 (MA)

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MA IN ART HISTORY (F33)                 MA IN CREATIVE WRITING (F71)          MA IN MUSIC (F32)
This online MA will deepen your         This online qualification offers an   This online MA introduces the
understanding of art, architecture      exciting opportunity to develop       methods and materials used for
and visual culture, build your          your skills as a writer in fiction,   music research in the context of
analytical and critical skills, and     poetry, creative non-fiction and      digital tools and resources. You will
develop the skills needed for           scriptwriting. You will write in      encounter a number of musical
independent study and research.         a genre of your choice and            topics, themes and repertoires
You will start by exploring the         experiment with at least one          from different periods and styles,
core concepts and recent                other through practical and           as you engage with western,
developments that have shaped           inspiring activities. Through         non-western and popular music.
art history from Renaissance            sharing, reading and critiquing
Italy to the contemporary               work in progress, your writing        MA IN PHILOSOPHY (F30)
Caribbean, before expanding             practice will be honed as you         This online MA will hone your
your understanding of visual            progress towards producing a          ability to think clearly, reason
and material objects.                   substantial piece of your own         logically, and develop your essay
                                        work to a professional standard.      writing, research and analytical
MA IN CLASSICAL                                                               skills. You will put forward and
STUDIES (F27)                           MA IN ENGLISH (F58)                   evaluate arguments while
This online MA will develop             This online MA offers you             exploring current debates and
your knowledge of the ancient           a rich and exciting experience        issues in philosophy – engaging
Graeco-Roman world and                  of higher-level literary study        with a wide range of fascinating
prepare you for independent             and enables you to develop            philosophy texts and areas of
study, culminating in a dissertation.   your independent skills in            contemporary enquiry with
You will investigate classical          literary research, culminating        discussions on environmental
studies as a multidisciplinary          in a dissertation on a topic          aesthetics, consciousness, global
field, examining texts, artefacts       of your choice.                       justice and political philosophy.
and other surviving evidence
through a range of theoretical          MA IN HISTORY (F28)
and methodological perspectives,        This online MA develops your
including options in classical          research and writing skills through
archaeology, language and               a close analysis of major themes
reception, and a subject                and sources in the local and          MORE ONLINE
module based around the                 regional history of Britain and
body in classical antiquity.                                                  To discover more and
                                        Ireland 1750–1950. You will gain
                                                                              register online, go to
                                        practical experience of project
                                                                              openuniversity.co.uk/pg.
                                        planning through the completion
                                        of your own independently
                                        researched dissertation.

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BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
     Business and organisations            SUBJECTS
                                                                POSTGRADUATE POSTGRADUATE    MASTERS
                                                                 CERTIFICATE    DIPLOMA      DEGREE
     are a vital part of modern
     life, global economies,               Business
                                                                      C66        E80        F61 (MBA)
                                           administration
     politics and cultures.
     Studying them and the                 Finance                    K24        E83        F67 (MSc)
     people who are involved               Human resource
                                                                      K25        E84        F68 (MSc)
     in them can be rewarding              management
     in many ways. Apart                   Technology
                                                                                            F69 (MBA)
     from strengthening your               management
     intellectual abilities, it can
     enhance your career and              The Open University Business
     contribute to society.               School is one of an elite group
                                          of schools worldwide accredited
     You may be looking to upgrade        by the three leading international
     your qualifications and broaden      accrediting bodies – the Association
     your management skills, or           to Advance Collegiate Schools of
     perhaps you’re preparing to move     Business (AACSB); the Association
     from a professional, functional or   of MBAs (AMBA); and the European
     technical role into a more senior    Foundation for Management
     or general management position.      Development, through its EQUIS
     Whatever your starting point or      programme – hallmarks of quality
     ultimate goal, a postgraduate        of teaching, learning materials and
     qualification from The Open          qualification impact. It has more
     University Business School           than 26,000 successful MBA
     will give you that extra edge.       graduates in over 100 countries.
                                          The table above shows the
                                          postgraduate qualifications
                                          we currently offer in business
                                          and management.

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SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS                   MSc IN FINANCE (F67)                   MSc IN HUMAN RESOURCE
                                      This qualification is designed to      MANAGEMENT (F68)
MBA (F61)
                                      support professional development       This MSc combines an in-depth
This internationally-recognised       and practice in a wide range of        understanding of human resource
MBA is designed for practising        roles in finance – whether you         (HR) management with a broader
managers aspiring to higher           are developing in your career,         exploration of its organisational
positions. The emphasis for your      or aspiring to enter the sector.       and management context.
learning is directly rooted in        It provides a thorough grounding       Whether you’re at the start
management practice. You will         in areas such as corporate finance,    of your career in HR, aspiring
focus on strategic analysis and       financial decision-making, financial   to enter the HR profession
interdisciplinary skills – building   reporting and governance. You will     or a line manager, it will give
on a solid foundation of core         develop competences in applying        you up-to-date knowledge
disciplines, including human          statistical and econometric            of organisational theory and
resource management,                  techniques, and gain knowledge         behaviour and the specialist
organisational behaviour,             of the fundamentals of Islamic         skills essential to practitioners.
accounting and finance,               finance and behavioural finance.       You will explore HR strategy both
marketing and operations.             You can choose to specialise           within organisations (including
                                      either in derivatives and financial    issues such as employee relations
MBA (TECHNOLOGY                       risk management, or in investment
MANAGEMENT) (F69)                                                            and employee engagement;
                                      and portfolio management, and          learning and development, and
If you’re looking for an MBA          will complete your qualification       employee resourcing and talent
with a focus on technology,           with a dissertation on a finance       management) and in relation to the
this is the qualification for you.    topic of your choice that is           external environment – including
It is applicable to technology        relevant to your interests or          globalisation and international
management and technological          chosen career development.             forces, social and technological
innovation in a wide variety
                                                                             change, and government policies
of contexts and sectors,
                                                                             and regulation.
including: information
technology/information systems,
telecommunications, computing,
engineering, manufacturing,
transport and logistics, retailing,
energy production and supply,
defence and security, management                                             MORE ONLINE
and administration, and any form                                             To discover more and
of services, including health,                                               register online, go to
welfare and leisure.                                                         openuniversity.co.uk/pg.

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CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH STUDIES
     Our interdisciplinary                  SUBJECT
                                                                POSTGRADUATE POSTGRADUATE           MASTERS
                                                                 CERTIFICATE    DIPLOMA             DEGREE
     approach to postgraduate
     study in the field of                  Childhood
                                                                      K32            E93            F55 (MA)
                                            and youth studies
     childhood and youth
     draws upon aspects
     from childhood and                    MA IN CHILDHOOD                     POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE
     youth studies, sociology,             AND YOUTH STUDIES (F55)             IN CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH
                                           This postgraduate degree offers     STUDIES (K32)
     health and social care,
                                           an interdisciplinary approach to    For this qualification you need
     psychology and education.             the study of childhood and youth,   to complete the first compulsory
                                           covering aspects of theory policy   module that makes up the
     The teaching approach is              and practice. It’s designed for     postgraduate diploma and MA.
     underpinned by linking theoretical    graduates with a background
     and practical/policy approaches.      in childhood and youth studies,
     Each individual module will           sociology, health and social
     increase your knowledge and           care, anthropology, psychology
     deepen your critical reflection       or education. It would be
     and insight into working with         particularly relevant for those
     children and young people.                                                MORE ONLINE
                                           working with, or aspiring to work
     The programme is particularly         with, children and young people,    To discover more and
     relevant to graduates working in,     as well as those who want           register online, go to
     or aspiring to work in, early-years   to advance academically             openuniversity.co.uk/pg.
     provision, education, social work,    or professionally.
     nursing, psychology, healthcare,      To gain the MA you need to
     youth-work settings, youth            study the two compulsory
     justice or the voluntary sector.      modules, Children and young
     The programme builds towards          people’s worlds (E808) and
     the masters degree and                Practice with children and young
     achievement of this                   people (E809) plus a 60-credit
     advanced qualification                dissertation module.                     You may also be
     will significantly enhance
                                                                                    interested in our
     your career prospects.                POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA
     The table above                       IN CHILDHOOD AND                         QUALIFICATIONS
     shows the postgraduate                YOUTH STUDIES (E93)                      IN EDUCATION,
     qualifications we currently           You can gain the postgraduate            see page 22
     offer in childhood and                diploma when you complete
     youth studies.                        the first two compulsory
                                           modules from the MA.

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COMPUTING AND IT

                                                                                                                       FIND A POSTGRADUATE COURSE
Computing and IT                       SUBJECTS
                                                            POSTGRADUATE     POSTGRADUATE          MASTERS
                                                             CERTIFICATE        DIPLOMA            DEGREE
professionals with a
strong skill set are very              Advanced
                                                                                   E51            F56 (MSc)
                                       networking
much in demand today.
By developing your                     Computing                  K22              E81            F66 (MSc)
knowledge and skills,
postgraduate study                    SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS                   MSc IN COMPUTING (F66)
with the OU will keep                                                       This qualification develops a
                                      POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN
you at the forefront                                                        rigorous approach to the study
                                      ADVANCED NETWORKING (E51)
of this rapidly growing                                                     and application of computing,
                                      This postgraduate diploma will        and incorporates transferable
and influential discipline.           provide you with the knowledge,       skills that are highly applicable
                                      understanding and skills needed       to professional development in
We’re leading the field in working    to install, configure and maintain    the field. You can choose between
with employers and sector skills      local and wide area networks.         the flexible MSc in Computing
councils to offer industry-relevant   On completion of this diploma,        (offering a wide choice of industry
qualifications, and to map study to   you’ll be able to go on and           relevant modules), and the more
sector skills frameworks to ensure    gain the industry-recognised          focused MSc in Computing
computing and IT professionals        certification by taking the           (Software Engineering) or MSc
have the skills employers need.       Cisco Certified Network               in Computing (Information
The table above shows the             Professional examinations.            Security and Forensics).
postgraduate qualifications
we currently offer in                 MSc IN ADVANCED
computing and IT.                     NETWORKING (F56)
                                      This MSc is ideal for professionals
                                      seeking knowledge and experience
                                      of advanced networking and
                                      research methods. A final research
                                                                            MORE ONLINE
                                      project or a professional project     To discover more and
                                      combined with study of digital        register online, go to
                                      forensics, builds on your             openuniversity.co.uk/pg.
                                      postgraduate diploma studies.
                                      You’ll draw together the knowledge
                                      and skills you’ve gained, and
                                      develop the skills required, to
                                      address problems systematically.

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EDUCATION
     Whether you’re an                       SUBJECTS
                                                                 POSTGRADUATE POSTGRADUATE         MASTERS
                                                                  CERTIFICATE    DIPLOMA           DEGREE
     experienced practitioner
     or looking to move into                 Education
                                                                                                    F70
                                             (applied                 K27           E88
     an education-related                                                                         (MA/MEd)
                                             linguistics)
     role, our qualifications
     offer flexibility for your              Education
                                                                                                    F70
                                             (inclusive               K27           E88
     professional development                practice)
                                                                                                  (MA/MEd)
     and the opportunity to
                                             Education
     gain career credentials to                                                                     F70
                                             (leadership and          K27           E88
     help you establish yourself             management)
                                                                                                  (MA/MEd)
     as a leader in your field.
                                             Education
                                                                                                    F70
                                             (learning and            K27           E88
     You can choose between two                                                                   (MA/MEd)
                                             teaching)
     programmes. The Masters degree
     in Education, and its associated        Online and
     certificate and diploma, allow you      distance                 C23           D36            F10 (MA)
     to choose subject content most          education
     appropriate to your professional
     area of interest. Your development
     goals will be supported through        Whichever programme you           The table above shows the
     investigation of current and           choose, your postgraduate         postgraduate qualifications
     significant issues from your           study will develop your           we currently offer in education.
     own experience.                        capacity to reflect critically
     Alternatively, the MA in               and constructively with others
     Online and Distance Education          in a learning community, engage
     programme enables you to               with the ideas and frameworks
     develop specialist professional        presented in the modules and
     expertise in the latest technologies   apply them to your practice.
     and teaching approaches                You’ll also acquire skills and
     relevant to digital learning           experience in tackling and
     and global education.                  solving problems.

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FIND A POSTGRADUATE COURSE
SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS                   MA IN ONLINE AND
                                      DISTANCE EDUCATION (F10)
MASTERS DEGREE
                                      This innovative MA offers you
IN EDUCATION (F70)
                                      the unique opportunity to study
This flexible qualification offers                                           MORE ONLINE
                                      the theory and practice of online
four specialist routes – applied      and distance education through         To discover more and
linguistics; inclusive practice;      materials designed by experts          register online, go to
leadership and management;            from The Open University’s             openuniversity.co.uk/pg.
and learning and teaching –           Institute of Educational Technology
enabling you to engage with           – who are reinventing online
issues, concepts, and debates         learning through the innovative
in an area that supports your         use of new media and technologies.
professional development. Your        You’ll enhance your abilities as a
investigative study or dissertation   creative and effective professional,
will draw on your own and others’     by exploring and understanding
experience and on appropriate         the process of designing, critiquing
literature, and will develop your     and implementing digital education
understanding of the role and         or training. A wide choice of
the limitations of research in        modules enables you to
informing educational practice.       contextualise your learning in
The qualification includes a          topics of relevance to your own
literature review on a topic of       practice, including elearning,
your choice, and a substantial        social media, supporting disabled
dissertation or research project      students, and research methods.
situated in your own practice.

     You may also be
     interested in our
     MA IN
     TRANSLATION
     see page 29

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ENGINEERING, SYSTEMS THINKING
     AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT
     Qualified engineers and               SUBJECTS
                                                                POSTGRADUATE POSTGRADUATE               MASTERS
                                                                 CERTIFICATE    DIPLOMA                 DEGREE
     technologists now rank
     among the highest paid                Engineering                                 E22             F46 (MSc)
     professionals, according              Systems thinking
                                                                      C72              E28             F47 (MSc)
     to EngineeringUK.                     in practice
                                           Technology
     Their imagination and ability to                                 C49              E08             F36 (MSc)
                                           management
     integrate appropriate technologies
     into an organisation’s products,
     processes and services are in
                                          SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS                   POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA
     great demand throughout public                                             IN SYSTEMS THINKING
     and voluntary sectors as well        POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA                  IN PRACTICE (E28)
     as in business and industry.         IN ENGINEERING (E22)
                                                                                This diploma develops your
     Skills in systems thinking also      This flexible diploma enables         ability to approach and tackle
     apply to many other domains.         you to combine modules from           complex, messy problem
     The table above                      engineering analysis and              situations, providing practical
     shows the postgraduate               technology management to              tools that will help bring new
     qualifications we currently          shape a qualification that suits      perspectives. It will challenge
     offer in engineering,                your career aspirations. You’ll       you to think differently about
     systems thinking and                 broaden and deepen your               specific tasks and issues.
     technology management.               understanding of professional
                                                                                You’ll consider the roles and
                                          engineering, and work
     ACCREDITATION                                                              responsibilities of other people,
                                          collaboratively on a project
     AND RECOGNITION                                                            reflect on your own and others’
                                          module. The diploma also
                                                                                practice and appreciate the
     Our MSc in Engineering               provides a route to a masters-level
                                                                                dynamics of multiple causes,
     programme is Chartered               engineering qualification, such as
                                                                                influences and effects within a
     Engineer (CEng) accredited           our MSc in Engineering (F46), and
                                                                                situation. You’ll develop the skills
     and fulfils the educational          can help you progress towards
                                                                                to think more holistically and to
     requirements for registration,       Chartered Engineer registration.
                                                                                work more collaboratively with
     when presented with a CEng                                                 others, in order to move towards
     accredited honours degree.                                                 effective solutions and avoid
     Our accreditations are with the                                            systemic failures.
     Institution of Engineering and
     Technology (IET), the Chartered
     Institution of Building Services
     Engineers (CIBSE) and the
     Institution of Engineering
     Designers (IED). For the
     latest information, go to
     engineering.open.ac.uk.

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MSc IN ENGINEERING (F46)               MSc IN TECHNOLOGY                   You’ll gain insights into the range
Engineering is one of the most         MANAGEMENT (F36)                    of ways in which other people
rewarding disciplines you can          This MSc will provide you with      think about particular situations
study. It offers tremendous variety,   the knowledge and skills critical   and how to apply a wide range
intellectual challenge and the high    to making the right decisions       of concepts, tools and techniques
level of satisfaction that comes       about technology strategy,          developed by systems thinkers.
from problem solving. This course      innovation and management           You’ll also learn to appreciate and
builds on your diploma studies         to really make a difference to      develop your own ways of thinking
by enabling you to investigate         your organisation and your          in practice, becoming aware of
an issue or problem on a topic of      own professional development.       how you can act to bring about
professional relevance to you, and     You’ll begin by focusing on the     improvements in messy situations
takes you a step further towards       operational aspects of managing     that are of interest to you.
becoming a Chartered Engineer          technological innovation and        In this MSc, you’ll have the
(CEng). It will help you develop       change, before exploring a range    opportunity to develop your
a professional approach to your        of capabilities that are key to     capability to plan, organise
work, extend your engineering          the strategic development and       and carry out an extended
skills, and develop a range of         management of technological         independent study, through
transferable skills, such as           innovation. Your studies will       either a research dissertation
the ability to solve problems          conclude with an in-depth           or a professional project inquiry.
creatively, communicate                investigation of a technology       In either route, you’ll have an
effectively, manage projects           management topic or                 opportunity to apply systems
and turn concepts into reality.        problem of your choice.             thinking to an area of practice
An alternative route to CEng                                               of your own choosing.
                                       MSc IN SYSTEMS THINKING
status (for students who do
                                       IN PRACTICE (F47)
not hold an accredited honours
degree) is through our integrated      This MSc has the development
masters MEng (M04) which               of skills in holistic thinking,
also meets the educational             and appreciation of multiple
requirements for CEng status.          perspectives, at its core.          MORE ONLINE
Go to openuniversity.co.uk/m04         These skills are relevant to many
                                       different domains e.g. health,      To discover more and
for more information.
                                       business, local government,         register online, go to
                                       environment, development,           openuniversity.co.uk/pg.
                                       engineering, organisational
                                       change and IT management.

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND
     DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT
     We live in an age                    SUBJECT
                                                               POSTGRADUATE POSTGRADUATE              MASTERS
                                                                CERTIFICATE    DIPLOMA                DEGREE
     dominated by concerns
     about the environment,               Environmental
                                                                       K19            E79            F65 (MSc)
                                          management
     sustainable development,
     cultural conflict,
     poverty and war.                    ACCREDITATION                         SELECTED HIGHLIGHT
                                         The Chartered Institution
                                                                               MSc IN ENVIRONMENTAL
     Individuals, organisations and      of Water and Environmental
                                                                               MANAGEMENT (F65)
     governments are being encouraged    Management, the largest
     to think more proactively about     professional body for chartered       This qualification is designed
     the local and global impact         environmental scientists, accredits   to expand your knowledge of
     of their actions. This shift has    both the MSc and postgraduate         environmental management and
     made the importance of finding      diploma. Students are eligible        develop the skills to participate
     sustainable solutions to these      to become student members             in more effective, informed and
     issues even more vital.             of this professional body.            creative environmental decision
                                                                               making – whether you’re already
                                         The programme is also accredited      a specialist working in the field
     ENVIRONMENTAL                       by the Institute of Environmental     or planning to get involved,
     MANAGEMENT                          Management & Assessment.              professionally or personally.
                                                                               You’ll examine current concerns
     From complying with
                                                                               of environmental protection,
     environmental legislation
                                                                               natural resource management and
     to improving the competitive
                                                                               rapidly changing environmental
     edge of a business and addressing
                                                                               legislation and policy, in local and
     the global challenges of climate
                                                                               global contexts. You’ll also develop
     change and energy conservation,
                                                                               the skills you need to unpack the
     environmental management
                                                                               issues and participate creatively
     is becoming increasingly
                                                                               in the process of improving
     important to everyone.
                                                                               environmental performance
     Our postgraduate qualifications                                           in all sectors of society.
     in environmental management
     are for people who are interested
     in designing, managing and          The table above
     participating in more effective     shows the postgraduate
     environmental management.           qualifications we currently
     Students are drawn from local       offer in environmental
     government, consultancies,          management.                           MORE ONLINE
     industry, commerce, non-                                                  To discover more and
     governmental organisations                                                register online, go to
     and communities.                                                          openuniversity.co.uk/pg.

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DEVELOPMENT                         SUBJECTS
                                                          POSTGRADUATE POSTGRADUATE       MASTERS
MANAGEMENT                                                 CERTIFICATE    DIPLOMA         DEGREE

Managing development                Conflict and
                                                                C67
gets ever more complex,             development
as more agencies become             Development
involved; new goals emerge,                                     C48         D37           F11 (MSc)
                                    management
complementing and confronting
existing goals; and the right of    Human rights
‘beneficiaries’ to participate      and development             C96
in their own development is         management
increasingly asserted.
Our postgraduate programme
in development management          SELECTED HIGHLIGHT
addresses this complexity.         MSc IN DEVELOPMENT
The core modules give you          MANAGEMENT (F11)
the opportunity to strengthen      This MSc provides learning         MORE ONLINE
your policy development and        opportunities, culminating         To discover more and
project management skills;         in a research project that         register online, go to
enhance your capacity to build     will enhance your capacity         openuniversity.co.uk/pg.
the good inter-organisational      to manage development.
relationships upon which           If you have responsibility for
sustainable development depends;   development interventions,
and develop the research skills    you will find your practice
necessary for understanding and    challenged and developed.
managing development problems.
                                   If you are a professional –
The table above shows the          engineer, health worker,
postgraduate qualifications        educationalist, banker,
we currently offer in              for example – working in
development management.            development contexts, you
                                   will develop an understanding
                                   of those contexts, and a grasp
                                   of the skills necessary to
                                   negotiate them. And if you
                                   are thinking about moving
                                   into development work, you
                                   will find a guide to the world
                                   you are entering and build
                                   up a variety of skills needed
                                   to manage development.

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
     The health and social care                      SUBJECTS
                                                                               POSTGRADUATE       POSTGRADUATE         MASTERS
                                                                                CERTIFICATE          DIPLOMA           DEGREE
     sector offers a wealth of
     rewarding opportunities                         Advancing
                                                     healthcare                       C92              E46            F52 (MSc)
     for professional career
                                                     practice
     development.
                                                     Social work                                       E85            F80 (MA)

                                                    ADVANCING                                    SOCIAL WORK
                                                    HEALTHCARE PRACTICE
                                                                                                 The programme, consisting of
                                                    This suite of courses, which                 a diploma and masters degree,
                                                    consists of a certificate, diploma           is interdisciplinary, with subject
                                                    and masters degree, is designed              matter derived from psychology,
                                                    to equip you with the knowledge,             sociology, social policy, law
                                                    understanding and skills needed              and social work studies. The
                                                    to contribute to the advancement             postgraduate diploma is approved
                                                    of healthcare.                               as a professionally-qualifying
                                                    In the certificate you will explore          award for social workers in
                                                    what healthcare improvement                  England and Scotland1 and you will
                                                    means and how it can be achieved             learn about social work theory and
     Our postgraduate qualifications                through collaboration and                    legislation, applying your learning
     enable you to build on existing                partnership, change agency,                  to practice. The final investigative
     professional experience and                    and the field of improvement                 project for the MA focuses on a
     progress your career in particular             science. In the diploma you will             service or system improvement,
     areas. They are strongly practice-             develop leadership skills in relation        based on the needs and priorities
     focussed and applicable to a wide              to policy, innovation and service            of your own social work setting
     range of health and care settings.             improvement; and learning how to             and developing your critical
     The table above shows the                      use research and evidence-based              and analytical skills as a
     postgraduate qualifications                    practice to support healthcare               qualified practitioner.
     we currently offer in health                   advancement. In the MSc you
     and social care.                               will complete a final investigative
                                                    project focusing on a service or
                                                    system improvement, based on
                                                    the needs and the priorities of
                                                    your own healthcare-related                  MORE ONLINE
                                                    practice area.
                                                                                                 To discover more and
                                                                                                 register online, go to
                                                                                                 openuniversity.co.uk/pg.

     1
      Approved as a social work qualifying award in England by the Health and Care Professions
      Council (HCPC) and, subject to conditions, in Scotland by the Scottish Social Services
      Council (SSSC). For current approval status, please see our website.

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                                                                                      be interested in

                                                                                      APPLIED
                                                                                      LINGUISTICS
LANGUAGES                                                                             see page 22

                                                                                                                     FIND A POSTGRADUATE COURSE
There’s an increasing                   SUBJECT
                                                             POSTGRADUATE POSTGRADUATE              MASTERS
                                                              CERTIFICATE    DIPLOMA                DEGREE
global demand for
translators and language                Translation                K30              E92             F79 (MA)
specialists, and our
postgraduate qualifications            POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE               MA IN TRANSLATION (F79)
will provide you with the              IN TRANSLATION (K30)                   This MA is an exciting
knowledge and skills to                For this postgraduate certificate,     opportunity to develop your
embark on a career as                  you need to complete the first         skills as a translator, equipping
                                       of the compulsory modules that         you to work in the fast-growing
a translator.                          make up the postgraduate diploma       translation services industry.
                                       and MA. The certificate enables        You’ll experiment with different
Translation is an immensely            you to start developing your skills    genres through practical, inspiring
rewarding profession for those         as a translator. You’ll engage         translation activities, and hone
with an interest in languages and      in authentic translation tasks         your practice through peer review.
communication. It encompasses a        to develop useful employability        You’ll gain hands-on experience
wide and growing range of areas,       skills, explore different approaches   of using tools necessary to operate
including audiovisual translation,     to translation and develop an          in this rapidly-evolving area
advertising or website localisation,   understanding of the links between     (e.g. audiovisual translation or
as well as semi-specialised and        theory and practice. With a focus      cloud-based translation tools).
specialised translation.               on recent research, you’ll develop     Your work will be underpinned by
You can choose one of                  an awareness of the wider cultural,    an understanding of translations
the following languages in             ethical and professional contexts      theories and debates.
combination with English:              of translation.
French, German, Spanish,
Italian, Chinese or Arabic.            POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA
                                       IN TRANSLATION (E92)
The table above shows the
postgraduate qualifications            You can gain the postgraduate
we currently offer in languages.       diploma when you complete              MORE ONLINE
                                       the first two compulsory
                                       modules from the MA. The               To discover more and
                                       diploma builds on the work             register online, go to
                                       covered in the postgraduate            openuniversity.co.uk/pg.
                                       certificate to enable you to
                                       develop your translation practice
                                       through hands-on experience
                                       of translation tools. You’ll
                                       also participate in online open
                                       translation projects, which
                                       will give you some options
                                       to choose what you translate,
                                       and the opportunity to
                                       connect with established
                                       translation communities.

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LAW
     Law regulates and                    MASTER OF LAWS (LLM) (F64)
     influences the lives and             This qualification is designed
                                          to consider the role and place of
     practices of individuals,
                                          law in an increasingly globalised
     organisations and                                                           MORE ONLINE
                                          world, and is suitable for law and
     governments. It provides             non-law graduates as well as           To discover more and
                                                                                 register online, go to
     a framework within which             lawyers wanting to develop their
                                          interests. It takes a critical legal   openuniversity.co.uk/pg.
     societies function.
                                          approach to study, using different
                                          perspectives and case studies to
     With globalisation, traditional      illustrate, explore, compare and
     legal frameworks and structures      contextualise topical legal issues.
     are being increasingly challenged.
     Laws and legal thinking are being    You will explore the interaction
     used to effect change within         of law, law-making bodies,
     societies and influence the way in   institutions and regulators in
     which nations and governments        an international context; the
     interact with each other.            role and function of law in an
                                          increasingly global society; and
     With the recognition of the          the role of states, international
     increasingly important role          institutions and multinational
     that law plays, the demand for       companies. You will also consider
     legal knowledge and associated       contemporary legal issues such
     legal skills is growing. A legal     as corporate social responsibility,
     qualification at postgraduate        transnational crime, humanitarian
     level, such as our Master of         aid and security.
     Laws (LLM) (F64), will widen
     your opportunities and enhance       If you are interested in
     your employment and                  becoming a lawyer (solicitor or
     promotion prospects.                 barrister) you will need to study
                                          an undergraduate Bachelor
                                          of Laws (Hons) (LLB). Go to
                                          openuniversity.co.uk/q79
                                          for details of our undergraduate
                                          law degree.

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MATHEMATICS

                                                                                                                       FIND A POSTGRADUATE COURSE
Mathematics is at                     SUBJECT
                                                           POSTGRADUATE      POSTGRADUATE         MASTERS
                                                            CERTIFICATE         DIPLOMA           DEGREE
the heart of advances in
science, engineering and              Mathematics                C90               E23           F04 (MSc)
technology, as well as
being an indispensable               This enhanced skill set and            ARE YOU READY FOR
problem-solving and                  postgraduate study experience will     POSTGRADUATE STUDY?
                                     be clear advantages in progressing
decision-making tool in                                                     You should normally have a
                                     a career in mathematics education      minimum of a 2:2 honours degree
many other areas of life.            or as a professional mathematician.    in mathematics or a 2:1 honours
                                     Equally, they can help you to climb    degree in a subject with a high
You might relish the intellectual    the ranks in fields as diverse as      mathematical content. Whatever
challenge of exploring particular    computer science, economics,           your background, you should
aspects of pure or applied           engineering and finance, where         assess your suitability for our MSc
mathematics that interest            advanced numerical and analytical      by completing our diagnostic quiz
you, or you could be looking         skills are always in high demand.      at openuniversity.co.uk/mscquiz.
to advance your career with
                                     The table above shows the
a higher-level qualification.
                                     postgraduate qualification we
Whatever your motivation or
                                     currently offer in mathematics.
ambitions, our postgraduate
mathematics programme has
much to offer you.                   SELECTED HIGHLIGHT
We have over 500 students                                                   MORE ONLINE
                                     MSc IN MATHEMATICS (F04)
currently studying for our                                                  To discover more and
MSc, by far the largest number       This MSc enables you to delve          register online, go to
of students on any mathematics       deeply into particular aspects of      openuniversity.co.uk/pg.
MSc in the UK.                       pure and applied mathematics,
                                     through a wide choice of modules
Studying with us gives you access    in fascinating areas such as fractal
to important and fascinating areas   geometry, coding theory and
of mathematics, such as applied      analytic number theory. You’ll
complex variables, coding theory     complete your MSc with a piece of
and analytic number theory.          independent study, exploring one
While extending your knowledge,      of a range of mathematical topics
your studies will also refine your   in detail and concluding this study
abilities to process information     by writing a dissertation.
accurately, and critically analyse
and communicate complex ideas.

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SCIENCE
     With many areas of scientific research
     advancing at a rapid rate, the demand
     for skilled science graduates is growing.

     Science is a rewarding             A postgraduate qualification
     area to study both personally      in science will widen your
     and professionally. As a           opportunities even further, with
     professional scientist you could   the potential to rise to the top of
     be instrumental, for example,      your profession and significantly
     in developing new medicines,       increase your lifetime earnings.
     researching climate change         The table below shows the
     or part of a team advancing        postgraduate qualifications
     space exploration.                 we currently offer in science.

                           POSTGRADUATE POSTGRADUATE           MASTERS
      SUBJECTS
                            CERTIFICATE    DIPLOMA             DEGREE
      Medicinal
                                               E68            F62 (MSc)
      chemistry
      Mental health
                                               E91            F78 (MSc)
      science
      Science                                                  F12 (MSc)
      Space science              K28
      Space science
                                               E90            F77 (MSc)
      and technology

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