On the Open University programme, you can take single subjects from the Department of Political Science to supplement your educational programme. The purpose is to allow people with specific needs to augment their competence within certain disciplines. For example, upper secondary teachers wanting to study single subjects at a level equivalent to subsidiary subjects in social studies to upgrade their professional competence, or people who require specific knowledge in connection with their work, e.g. industrial relations policies or EU institutions.
Study programmes at the Open University are usually arranged to suit the individual. It is, for example, only possible to sit single subjects or, as a maximum, take the equivalent of a subsidiary degree in social studies. It is not possible, therefore, to take a full bachelor’s or master’s degree in political science at the Open University.
Lectures will follow the ordinary teaching plan and will take place in the daytime, often lasting several days.
Students on the Open University programme are automatically enrolled for exams in the same semester as they attend the course. Whereas it is possible to cancel exams, you cannot take leave from the course you have booked. All exams take place on weekdays in the daytime as do assignments lasting several days.
Supplementary courses with a view to being admitted to a master’s programme
Up to and including 1 September 2016, supplementary education activities such as single subjects sat at the Open University can be included when assessing the overall entry qualifications for a master’s programme.
This means that you can use single subjects as part of the entry requirements up to and including 31 August 2016.
From 1 September 2016, your entry qualifications for any master’s programme will be assessed exclusively on your bachelor’s degree. After this date, it will no longer be possible to take supplementary courses in the interim period between your bachelor’s and master’s degrees to meet specific entry requirements.
Supplementary activities undertaken with a view to meet the entry requirements of specific master’s programmes will, up to and including the spring semester of 2016, be exempt from user payment. To qualify for exemption, you must document in writing that taking the specific course(s) will ensure that you meet the admission requirements of a given master’s programme.
The spring 2017 intake with deadline on 1 December 2016 will NOT be able to make use of supplementary course activity to form part of the entry requirements.
If you are in doubt about the regulations, or if you have questions regarding your options for supplementary courses, please contact the Students Advisory Service.