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    I am thinking of going for this degree. Is there anyone else who's doing or has done this degree. How is this program structured? Do you have to go to UK for labs? How are you interacted with the tutors?

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    I was doing this, but changed to Open Plus. In year 1 and 2 there is no lab work. Interacted with tutors.... Online tutorials, phone calls, emails, online forums, private messages, a few real life meetings at local universities.
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    I've enrolled for this year. I think if you want to be an experimentalist in the lab that you might prefer the Open Plus scheme which is basically 2 years of OU and then 2 years at a brick university such as York or Lancaster.


    I couldn't for the life of me care about lab work and based on my emails to people at the IoP and IMA plenty of people go on to do an MSc.


    The structure is basically, depending on the module, a number of coursework assignments followed by an exam. There is some practical work, but you'll be using your house and nature as a lab. Exploring Science, for example, looks about GCSE-A Level standard, for most sections, with some ventures beyond. From what I understand, the second year Physical World module is equivalent to 1.5 years of undergraduate Physics, which makes up for the slight lag from the first year.


    If you want to do David's route, it's OU fees for two years, and then at least 9000 per year at the brick university. Go for that if you think you might love the lab work. If not, I don't see justification for paying that much more just to have some lab work. If you're just interested in the maths, or the theoretical physics side of things, stick with the OU.

    Once again I rant too much
 
 
 
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