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Open University

Open University



The Open University

In 1969 one ambition changed the world, giving anyone, anywhere the power to learn. Established by the Royal Charter 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 mission is to make learning accessible to all, and together we’ve already helped over 2 million students to realise their ambitions

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality online degrees and distance learning or sometimes referred to as e learning; serving students across the globe with highly respected degree qualifications, and the triple accredited MBA.

At OU you’ll have access to flexible learning like no other university. Students can work from the location of their choosing, being it from home, work, or on the move.

Consistently ranked in the top 5 universities for student satisfaction, OU offers online support to its students like no other university.

A degree from OU is highly valued by employers, and as such 80% of the UK’s top companies send employees to The Open University.

As the largest academic institution in the UK, and OU students and graduates achieving great things across the globe, The Open University has developed a good reputation.

The Open University’s online study system allows students to tailor their university studies to fit their personal needs and lifestyle.

Scholarships and Funding

Funding your studies

Pay nothing upfront – over 80% of our students in England fund their studies with a Part-Time Tuition Fee Loan (sometimes called a student loan), meaning they pay nothing upfront.

Part-Time Tuition Fee Loan

  • They’ll cover the entirety of your module fees.
  • They’re open to everyone – eligibility isn’t based on your income and there’s no age limit.
  • You won’t repay a penny until you earn over £27,295 a year.

OUSBA loan

Pay your fees in instalments with a loan from Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd.

Employer sponsorship

Your employer could partially or fully pay for your module fees.

Bursaries and other support

Depending on your circumstances, you could be eligible to apply for one or more of the following:

Free OU Access module

If your household income is not more than £25,000, you could take one of our introductory Access modules for free.

Study-Related Costs Funding

After you’ve started studying, if you’re eligible, you could access reimbursements for some additional study costs.

Carers’ Scholarships Fund

If you are or have recently been an unpaid carer, you may be able to study a full OU qualification for free.

Carers’ Bursary

If you provide unpaid care to a friend or family member, you may be eligible for £250 for study-related costs.

Care Experienced Bursary

If you’ve ever been in the care of a Local Authority, you may be eligible for £250 for study-related costs.

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

You could access financial support towards study costs incurred as a result of your disability.

Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund

If you’ve been injured in, or as a result of military service, you could study a full OU qualification for free.

Open Futures Bursaries

If you identify as being from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic background, you could get £500 towards study or living costs.


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Student Testimonials


  • Milton Keynes

    Walton Hall, Kents Hill, MK7 6BJ, Milton Keynes

    • Milton Keynes

      Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

      • The City

        Walton Hall, Kents Hill, MK7 6AA, The City