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Queen Mary University of London in partnership with the Open University, offers a flexible route to a degree in Physics for students without standard entry qualifications via the OpenPlus scheme. This flexible route allows students to study a selected set of modules with the Open University on a part time basis. This may allow students to study alongside other commitments such as full time employment or family commitments. John Petrie graduated in 2015, and this is what he had to say about his experience of the Open Plus programme with us:

John Petrie Open Plus

Students on the OpenPlus course typically spend two to three years studying a selected set of modules with the Open University. Upon successful completion of the prescribed Open University modules students will be able to enter stage two of their chosen degree programme with Queen Mary University of London. Degree courses available to OpenPlus Students include:

Physics | BSc (F300) or MSci (F303)

Also available with a Professional Experience year

Astrophysics | BSc (F526) or MSci (F523)

Physics with Astrophysics | BSc (F3F5) or MSci (F3FM)

Physics with Data Science | BSc (F30S) or MSci (F30T)

Theoretical Physics | BSc (F340) or MSci (F323)

Physics with Particle Physics | BSc (F392) or MSci (F393)

All programes, with the exception of Physics with Data Science, are available to study with a Year Abroad.

Foundation Programme | 4 years (FFX3)

This year provides the base from which you can go on to complete a BSc or MSci degree with us if you do not have the entry qualifications for the BSc or MSci.

After two (or three) years of full-time study with Queen Mary University of London students will graduate with a Bachelors (BSc) (or Masters (MSci) degree) from the University. The BSc course content covers a broad ranging physics curriculum providing an excellent pathway into a wide range of graduate level careers or the opportunity to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

The integrated Masters courses provide students with the opportunity to include additional physics material incorporating a major research project extending over the year. The course enables students to study Physics in greater depth and is tailored for those looking to enter an academic or industry led research career.

Course Content

During your part-time studies with the Open University you will complete the prescribed set of modules as detailed below. These modules will include studies of classical mechanics, waves, optics, electromagnetism, relativity and quantum physics. OpenPlus students will start with a mathematics module which will equip you with the fundamental building blocks for the higher physics modules.

Code Module Level
MST124 Essential Mathematics OU level 1
SS01 Laboratory Skills for Science Residential
S217 Physics: from Classical to Quantum OU level 2
MS224 Mathematical Methods OU level 2
SXPS288 Remote experiments in physics and space  OU level 2

Studying with OpenPlus outside of the UK

OpenPlus is available in almost every country excluding (for regulatory reasons) China. Please email the Open University for confirmation that you can study your chosen subject.

With OpenPlus you start studying part time at home through supported learning with The Open University (OU). You may also be required to attend short residential schools in England.
You complete your degree by studying two years full time at your chosen partner university. See information for International students at Queen Mary. OpenPlus international students are subject to the same restrictions as our normal international students, please see here.

You can also study OpenPlus if you are a member of British armed forces with a BFPO address.

How to apply

There are no standard entry requirements for this route. Each application is considered on an individual basis.

You may wish to contact us first to discuss your application before applying and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the course.

Application Form

Applications are submitted direct to Queen Mary University of London by completing the following application form:

To apply, please request an application form by emailing with the subject line 'Open Plus enquiry'.


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