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Open University

Over the last 25 years we've awarded more than 90,000 postgraduate qualifications

More than 90,000 people have studied towards a postgraduate qualification with The Open University (OU).

We offer a wide range of flexible postgraduate courses which allow you to fit your study around work and life commitments and also carry real weight with employers.

Choose from more than 34 taught masters degrees, including:

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What do you get with the OU?

Flexibility

We give you an extensive selection of online and written resources so you can plan when you want to study – meaning you don’t have to put your life on hold. Many of our students balance study with a job.

Employability

Many of our modules and qualifications are accredited by leading professional bodies and developed to industry standards, so your learning is top quality, up to date and relevant to the real world.

An OU qualification on your CV also shows more than your level of knowledge about a subject – it demonstrates a high level of commitment, discipline and self-belief, not to mention excellent time management and organisation.

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Expert tutors

For each module you’ll have a designated tutor who can give you feedback, advice and other support.

Our extensive network of postgraduate tutors are consistently rated as 'excellent' in national teaching quality assessments. Many of them are practicing professionals with strong academic backgrounds who know their sector extremely well.

Renowned for research

Our postgraduate material is developed by leading academics and industry experts and is grounded in our internationally renowned OU research.

More affordable than you may think

Have you heard about the Postgraduate Loan scheme? You could be eligible for a loan of up to £10,280 as a contribution towards the cost of study fees and expenses.

Our fees are very competitive and you don't have to pay for an entire course upfront – you pay by module, meaning you can spread the cost. You can also pay monthly with a credit agreement through Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA). Also, unlike many other universities, our fees include course materials, tuition and assessment.

Browse our postgraduate courses, call us on 0300 303 5303 or request a call back to discuss your options.

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  • 10 programme(s)

    The Faculty of Arts has a record of excellence in teaching and research, and as one of the best institutions in the world for arts and humanities, our research feeds directly into our teaching. This ensures our qualifications continue not only to be attractive to study but also reflect the most recent scholarship. We continue to innovate and develop exciting and important new areas. Skills development and employability are at the forefront of our thinking for our students. As well as subject-specific skills, studying arts and humanities provides an adaptable set of skills for diverse career opportunities. Many of our students study while in employment, while others study with us before entering the job market.

    Many of our postgraduate students have gone on to undertake research degrees, while others have used their newly acquired skills to further their careers. Our programmes are ideal for further developing research and analytical skills, and upgrading qualifications after a break from study. They suit anyone with appropriate entry qualifications looking for an intellectual challenge, and our successful postgraduates gain the important personal satisfaction of achieving a worthwhile qualification in an area of long-standing interest.

    You can find out more about our research at http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/research/index.shtml

  • 10 programme(s)

    The Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology is the largest Faculty of The Open University, a world leader in modern distance learning and the pioneer of teaching and learning methods which enable people to achieve their career and life goals studying at times and in places to suit them.

    The Faculty provides flexible, high quality teaching and research that is relevant in professional contexts, equipping learners, employers and funders with the capabilities they require to meet tomorrow’s challenges and improve situations.

    With interdisciplinarity at its heart, the Faculty is about innovation and problem-solving in the real world: problems that are complex and challenging, and whose solutions require technological advances, behavioural transformation, and enhancements in policy and practice. It maintains strong links with professional bodies, communities of practitioners and develops curriculum in conjunction with industry advisers.

    Led by the Dean and Director of Studies, Professor Anne de Roeck, the Faculty is made up of more than 300 staff and we currently have over 50,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying with us.

    ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

    The Faculty comprises three departments which act as a focus for teaching, curriculum development and research. Our postgraduate teaching programmes span:

    • Computing and IT
    • Technology Management
    • Systems Thinking in Practice
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Environment and Development

    STUDY WITH US

    Students’ educational needs are changing rapidly and our diverse range of qualifications, with their links to professional bodies (BSC, IED, CIBSE, IMechE and IET), can meet those needs. Whether it's Computing, Engineering, Maths, or Environment and Development, we have the programmes that will give you the edge.

  • 4 programme(s)

    Our mission is to transform lives through health and social care education and research. Whether you would like to go further in your career, or you’re an employer looking for a different way to train and motivate your staff – we can help you make that transformation.

    We offer:
    • world-class learning resources developed by leading academics and practitioners which reflect the views of service users and carers – underpinned by excellent research and scholarship
    • openness and accessibility – putting qualifications within reach of people who never thought they could study at this level
    • flexible study arrangements designed to fit with work and family commitments, with no need to take time away from the workplace
    • national reach with local support – over 18,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students study with us every year. Our students live anywhere from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to busy inner cities, supported by a network of regional administrative centres and first class tutors based locally.

  • 1 programme(s)

    The Open University Law School has over 6000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, continental Europe and elsewhere in the world and is home to the most popular taught undergraduate law degree in the UK. In 2012 we launched our Master of Laws.

    Our Law tutors (Associate Lecturers) are established university law lecturers, solicitors and barristers but, whatever their background, they all have at least one thing in common: a commitment and interest in teaching law.

    Our law academics publish and broadcast on a wide range of legal themes. The fields of expertise in which our academics write, broadcast, and act as consultants include the English legal system, corporate crime, white-collar crime, corruption in public office, the history of law, human rights, family law, children law, sport and the law, medical law and medical ethics, intellectual property law and coronial law. We work with BBC television and radio, independent television, and in multimedia broadcasting.

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    The Institute of Educational Technology (IET) sits at the heart of The Open University’s strategy for developing world-leading research in learning and teaching. IET was highly ranked in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework

    In supporting the University as a visionary leader of educational technology, we explore and understand what is possible, try out new ideas, reflect on what happens and why, and then apply this learning to enhance Open University teaching and help our students. The Institute’s Masters in Online and Distance Education draws directly on that work.

    IET leads research into design and evaluation of teaching, learning and assessment with technology.

    Distinctive features are:

    • open approaches to research
    • co-design of new technology and innovative learning
    • international collaboration with world-class researchers
    • linking research and practice

    We are informing major open learning initiatives including:

    • FutureLearn
    • Open Science
    • OpenLearn
    • OPAL

    We are international leaders in new methods of open and distance learning, citizen science, learning analytics, and learning design. Our research directly influences Open University teaching and support, benefiting hundreds of thousands of students.

    IET research is organised around three major themes:

    • Learning in an Open World
    • Innovating Pedagogy
    • Learning Analytics

    IET is involved in a number of projects within these themes. IET Research has a notable impact in open education, influencing professional practice and public policy. You can read our research and scholarship publications at Open Research Online select ‘Browse by Academic Unit/Department’.

    IET has also published a series of OU Innovation Reports which explore new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world. For example, Innovating Pedagogy 2014 proposes ten innovations that are already current but haven't yet had a profound influence on education.

    IET's research is also prominent in the University's institutional research activity, especially in survey and evaluation work. A number of inter-faculty Research Groups are based in IET. Some IET researchers use the Jennie Lee Research laboratory facilities for empirical work to capture video records of human-computer interaction.

  • 4 programme(s)

    The Open University Business School with its rich history of being home to more than 22000 successful MBAs from all over the world, is one of the leading and largest Triple Accredited business schools in Europe. The business programmes offer unparalleled flexibility in every aspect and are designed to fit around the lifestyle of today's busy professionals.

    The OU Business school's unique learning methodology of 'practice based action learning' underpins its MBA programme which has been massively successful in delivering top quality MBA graduates who have been able to develop their skills by being able to apply what they learn at their workplace on a daily basis.

    The OU provides its students with superior support network. Wherever you are, we are somewhere close to you with 13 National/Regional offices, several tutorial locations and one to one tutor support- you are never on your own. If you are in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, then please visit your National Open University Campus for more information.