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The Open University UK

Short Courses

Social Sciences (89)
Business & Management (61)



In 1969 one ambition changed the world, giving anyone, anywhere the power to learn. Established by the Royal Charter (pdf 235kb) and globally recognised, The Open University has pioneered distance learning for over 50 years, delivering exceptional teaching and outstanding support to students across the UK and the world.


  • Our qualifications range from certificates, diplomas and short courses to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

  • Whatever you want to study, we’re sure to have the right course for you.


  • Choose the research degree area closest to your field of interest to find out about the department, its research priorities and philosophy, the research environment, and facilities available.
  • Within each research area is a list of topics which tell you more about specific areas of research, current and prospective projects, entry requirements, available supervisors and contact details for advice.


  • An Open University qualification is attractive to employers.
  • Employers know that many of our students study while working. Therefore, they’re aware that Open University study can be challenging, and that it requires you to develop a variety of valuable skills and qualities – all of which will be assets to any workplace.
  • You’ll also be attractive to employers because, being an Open University graduate, you’ll stand out from the crowd of conventional campus-based university graduates.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The OU has offices throughout the UK where your student support teams are based.

et in touch with our student ambassadors who can tell you more about what you can expect from studying with The Open University

Housing services

The University doesn't own student housing, but can offer some help on finding private accommodation off campus.

Library services

OU Researchers and research students have access to a world class collection of online resources, a document delivery service, and guidance on skills development.

ICT services

Using a computer is a regular part of your OU study, so here's information on a range of computing topics.

Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom


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