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Entry year / start

Winter 2019/2020


3 years (Full time) / 6 years (Part time)

Course code





BSc (Honours) Combined STEM

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

    Key features of the course

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

    This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits:

    • In Stage 1, you'll choose 60 credits from a range of key introductory STEM modules, followed by 60 credits from a free choice of OU level 1 modules.
    • Next, in Stage 2, you'll choose 60 credits from a broad range of STEM modules at OU level 2, followed by 60 credits from a free choice of OU level 2 modules.
    • Finally, in Stage 3, you'll conclude your degree by choosing 120 credits from a broad range of OU level 3 STEM modules.

    Further information on the stages and modules can be found here.


    We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BSc (Honours) Combined STEM degree uses a variety of study materials and may have the following elements, depending on the modules you choose:

    • studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
    • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
    • working with specialist reading material such as scientific papers and reports
    • working in a group with other students
    • using and producing diagrams and screenshots
    • undertaking practical work
    • finding external/third party material online
    • using specialist software
    • using an online laboratory or design/engineering studio

    All qualifications require you to complete learning and assessment activities within a required timescale and according to pre-determined deadlines. You will therefore need to manage your time effectively during your studies and the University will help you to develop this skill throughout your degree. Information on assessment will be available to you at the start of each module.

    For more detailed information, see the Accessibility Statements on individual module descriptions. If you feel you may need additional support, visit Disability support to find more about what we offer.

    Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

    This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

    • knowledge and understanding
    • cognitive skills
    • practical and professional skills
    • key skills

    The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

    Read the detailed learning outcomes here

    Credit transfer

    If you've already completed some university-level study somewhere else, you may be able to count it towards this qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.

    It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

    You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. For more details and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.

    Classification of your degree

    On successfully completing this undergraduate course, you'll be awarded the BSc (Honours) Combined STEM degree. The class of degree (first, upper second, lower second or third-class honours) depends on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.

    You'll have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.

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