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What are the entry requirements if I wish to study for a Research degree?

The OU offers the opportunity for both part-time and full-time research degrees. It normally takes from four to six years to complete a part-time Master of Philosophy degree, and six to eight years to obtain a Doctorate of Philosophy degree (PhD).

You must be resident in the UK throughout the period of your study, although in very exceptional circumstances The University may consider waiving this regulation for applicants outside the UK if you can prove that you can arrange adequate supervision. We expect such students to make regular visits to the UK at their own expense, and usually this is practical only if you have work or family commitments here.

You'll find general information about research at The OU at the Research School website. The website also has details about the areas of academic interest of our full-time staff, so you can see if there's anyone who could, in effect, become your internal supervisor for the production of your thesis.

If you've looked at the prospectus but still have some questions, contact the specialist advisers in the Research School at research-school@open.ac.uk.


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What are the entry requirements if I wish to study at undergraduate level?

For most qualifications or modules, there are no formal entry requirements, although if you have not studied before you may find it helpful to do some preparatory work before starting undergraduate study, in order to develop a suitable level of study skills. You can do this independently or working with a tutor on one of our Access modules.

A few qualifications or modules have entry requirements, for example some are for people who are working in specific jobs, and some are only for postgraduates.

To find out if the qualification you are interested in has specific entry requirements, look at the qualification key facts on the Study at the OU website.

You may find it helpful to talk through your study options with us. Please contact the Student Registration and Enquiry Service on 0845 300 60 90 to be put in touch with an adviser.


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What are the entry requirements if I wish to study for a teaching qualification?

The entry requirements for teaching vary depending on your location. Please see the Getting into teaching page of our careers website which includes a link to our publication 'Becoming a teacher', containing information on training to teach in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and entry requirements for the OU Initial Teacher Education courses. For further advice select the 'Contact Us' button below or call us on 0845 300 60 90.


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Does the OU have an English language requirement?

The OU does not require you to have a qualification in English language or to take a specific test before you can register to study with us. However, you do need to have a reasonable standard of written and spoken English to study with us successfully. A poor understanding of English language makes study much more difficult and you will need to allow extra time for study. As a student, you'll also need to develop skills in academic English, which is different from everyday English.

If you are concerned about your level of understanding check Is my English good enough?. Here you will find a range of information on the level of English required and links to tests that will help you to test your ability.


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What are the entry requirements if I wish to study a Health and Social Care subject?

For most Health and Social Care courses or modules, there are no formal academic entry requirements, although if you have not studied before you may find it helpful to do some preparatory work before starting undergraduate study, in order to develop a suitable level of study skills. You can do this independently or working with a tutor on one of our http://www.open.ac.uk/access Access modules].

Work-based learning programmes will have particular requirements, for example you will need to be living in the UK, employed in an appropriate setting and have the support of your employer.

To find out the specific entry requirements for your study, look at the course or module description on the Study at the OU website, under 'Entry'.

For more information on what you can study with the Open University, visit the Health and Social Care subject page.


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What are the entry requirements if I wish to study at postgraduate level?

Entry requirements for postgraduate study varies by course or module. To find out the specific entry requirements for your course or module, look at the course or module description on the Study at the OU website.

You may find it helpful to talk through your study options with us. Please contact the Student Registration and Enquiry Service on 0845 300 60 90 to be put in touch with an adviser.

For information about research degrees at the OU, visit the Research School website.


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