This research course builds on your existing postgraduate diploma to enable you to complete your MSc. You’ll design a research proposal by identifying and developing a research problem relevant to your MSc. Your research will involve a literature review, original data collection, data analysis and the drawing of conclusions. You will then communicate the outcome of your research by writing up and submitting your dissertation. Support is available to you at every stage from the study materials, your supervisor and online forums. You will need to complete preparatory work before the course start, therefore early registration is strongly recommended.
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The course provides an opportunity to pursue research in a topic of your choice based within the broad area of your MSc study. Undertaking the research will enable you to:
During your study of this course you will learn how to:
Your research topic will depend very much on your own knowledge and experience and on the modules you took in your diploma, and must be in an appropriate area relating to the subject of your MSc. A supervisor will be appointed to help you develop a formal proposal appropriate for MSc-level work and advise you throughout the research phase.
You must already hold a postgraduate diploma in the relevant programme. Some of these qualifications have time limits for completion, please see the individual qualification descriptions for details.
You also need to have declared your intention to study one of the qualifications listed below.
You can register for a place while you are completing the final module of your diploma or at any time after successful completion, taking account of any time limits for these qualifications. Your course fee is fully refundable if you withdraw before the course start date.
Before course start you will need to decide whether you wish to propose your own topic or select a topic from a list of suggested topics put forward by OU academic staff. Please note that the OU staff topics may not be available in every subject area.
It is important to note that in the case of the MSc in Environmental Decision Making, MSc in Environmental Management, MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice and the MSc in Technology Management there are two routes to your MSc. If you prefer a more business-oriented MSc, you should consider taking The MSc professional project (T847), a 30-credit course lasting 6 months. Both project courses offer a rigorous approach to solving complex real world problems and enable you to gain essential skills for undertaking research in your own organisation or wider contexts. T847’s study is of reduced scope in comparison with T802, with the necessary constraints this implies, but does offer the flexibility to complete your qualification with a further 30-credit module. T802's longer study allows more depth and develops your academic research skills further.
You do need to have a good standard of written English to study successfully. The normal requirements for English language skills are explained on our website.
If you have any doubts about whether your level of English is good enough for you to study this course you may find it helpful to look at our Skills for OU Study site.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of T802, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.
You will need to be prepared well before the course begins; you will be asked to provide a synopsis of your research topic so that we can allocate you to an appropriate supervisor. Early registration is strongly advised due to the preparatory work required prior to the start of the course.
To help you in your preparation we have developed the Preparing for T802 website; this is an important resource because of the specific requirements before course start. This site can be accessed via the T802 Future Studies forum on the Postgraduate Technology and Computing (PTC) Office website. Current students have a link to this from their StudentHome page. The T802 preparatory website is available to any student who is currently undertaking, or has undertaken, a postgraduate taught module. You may also get informal advice as to the general suitability of your chosen topic area from the Postgraduate Technology and Computing (PTC) Office (telephone +(44) 0115 971 5566 or email.
T802 is a compulsory module in our:
T802 is an optional module in our:
Sometimes you will not be able to count a module towards a qualification if you have already taken another module with similar content. To check any excluded combinations relating to this module, visit our excluded combination finder or check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service before registering.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.
You need to consider if there are any constraints in obtaining the type of information you need for your research. Otherwise, there are no further constraints beyond those encountered in obtaining your diploma. The core teaching material for this course will be delivered online via the T802 website, so you will need to spend considerable amounts of time using a personal computer and the internet. If either your sight or manual dexterity is seriously impaired, you may find using the web challenging. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in using a computer or the internet and have concerns about accessing this type of material you are advised to talk to the Student Registration and Enquiry Services about support that can be given to meet your needs.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:
Learning material is provided. This is entirely web-based although it is possible for you to print out material should you so wish. Online databases for literature searching will be accessible via the OU Library website. You will need to use online forums for the research proposal development stage.
Use of the internet for: access to the dedicated website, submission of your tutor-marked assignments (eTMAs) and your final dissertation (EMA), access to our online library services including bibliographical databases to help you identify academic sources in your chosen topic area and access to the online forums.
There are no set books but you may need books relevant to the research methodology you use. Note that much useful material can be obtained without cost from semi-permanent sources on the World Wide Web.
You may find that some of the topics/subject areas require you to have access to and run additional software packages. If you choose such a topic you may need a machine with a higher specification than indicated in the standard computer specification.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.
You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.
You will be assigned a supervisor with broad knowledge and skills relevant to your research topic. Your supervisor will advise you during the initial stage of developing a research proposal. You will submit an initial proposal three weeks after course start and then begin the process of refining this over the ensuing two months. You will be required to produce at least three iterations of the proposal prior to the deadline for final submission of proposals. This deadline is approximately three months after module start. Your supervisor will then continue to support you throughout the rest of your research. You will also have access to our online forums. Communication with your supervisor will be mainly through email and telephone. You are encouraged to plan your communication with your supervisor to suit your research plan.
Contact the Postgraduate Technology & Computing (PTC) Office (telephone +44 (0)115 971 5566, or email us) if you want to know more about study on T802 before you register.
The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.
You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper. The final dissertation (EMA) must also be submitted online.
Your research proposal has to be approved before you can continue to the research phase. In the research phase you will submit three assignments (TMAs) at intervals of approximately three months.
We expect you to submit your assignments online through the eTMA system. The submission date for the dissertation will be during the final month of the 12-month period of the course.
BCS - the Chartered Institute for IT offers exemption from some of its membership requirements for holders of an appropriate MSc in Computing from The Open University. T802 can form part of such an MSc, provided that you have taken prescribed modules in your Diploma and the topic of your MSc project satisfies certain criteria. You can view or download our Recognition Leaflet 3.7 Computing. If you would like this course to count towards your BCS exemption you should inform your supervisor immediately after the start of the course so that he or she can help you ensure that your research and dissertation are appropriate.
The details given here are for the course starting in October 2013 and February 2014. We expect it to be available twice a year.
To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.
“A very worthwhile research course which provided inspiration to develop some of the research findings following achievement of the MSc. ...”
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|No residential school|
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