Cookies on our website
We use cookies to make sure our websites work effectively and to improve your user experience. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with this. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More Info/Change Settings.
Continue
You are viewing information for England.  Change country or region.
Coronavirus: Please be aware it may take us slightly longer to respond than usual. Find out about our coronavirus response and current contact hours.
Distance and online courses
We’re experts in distance learning and online courses – we've helped over 2 million people fulfil their potential.
Study with us to benefit from innovative teaching and qualifications respected by employers; all with the flexibility and value not always available at classroom-based universities.
Request a prospectus
Interested in postgraduate study?
View postgraduate courses
Already an OU student?
Visit StudentHome
Search for a course
Undergraduate
Postgraduate
 
REGISTRATION CLOSES 9 SEPTEMBER
FOR COURSES STARTING IN OCTOBER
Join over 65,000 students who’ve now registered for their courses. Don’t miss out.
Choose your subject area below
or browse A–Z of subjects
Browse our courses by subject
Arts and Humanities
Biology
Business and Management
Chemistry
Combined Studies
Computing and IT
Counselling
Creative Writing
Criminology
Design
Early Years
Economics
Education
Engineering
English
Environment
Geography
Health and Social Care
Health and Wellbeing
Health Sciences
History
International Studies
Languages
Law
Mathematics
Mental Health
Music
Nursing and Healthcare
Philosophy
Physics
Politics
Psychology
Science
Social Sciences
Social Work
Sport and Fitness
Statistics
Combine more than one subject
Find out about our Open qualifications
 
More to explore
Getting started is easier than you think, but if you've got questions, we have the answers. Check out the essentials to study at The Open University.
What is distance learning?
We're dedicated to distance learning, but what does that mean? Find out how, what, when and where you'll study with our series of short guides on being an OU student.
Can I do it?
We don't believe in barriers, so if you're prepared to put the work in, we'll help you succeed. And if you don't know the best place for you to start, we can help with that too.
How to apply
Choose the right course, find the best funding option and apply at the right time. This guide leads you through the process of becoming an OU student from start to finish.
Fees and funding
More than 80% of our students use a loan with Student Finance England to fund their studies; it's the most popular way to pay. Check out your funding options today.
Get ahead with credit transfer
Previous study can count towards a qualification – even if you didn't complete the course. 20% of OU graduates use Credit Transfer to save time and money when studying.
Already have a degree?
If you live in England you may still qualify for a student loan, even if you already have a degree from another university. Find out if your qualification is eligible.
Be inspired
Every year, thousands of students from all walks of life enrol at The Open University. Discover what it’s like to take that life-changing step.
Play video on original page

Student, Jack, and OU tutor, Rehana, talk about balancing competing life pressures and the tutor support available to students at the OU.
Play video on original page

Where you start in life shouldn’t limit where you go. Student, Faye, and OU tutor, Doug, describe their incredible journeys with the OU.
Play video on original page

Halima and Jacob reveal how their OU experience gave them complete control of their studies and confidence to pursue their ambitions.
 
The Open University
Contact the OU
Jobs
Accessibility
Cymraeg
Conditions of use
Privacy and cookies
Modern Slavery Act (pdf 149kb)
Copyright
©2021. All rights reserved. The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302). The Open University is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to its secondary activity of credit broking.
v
Where do you live?
Please tell us where you live so that we can provide you with the most relevant information as you use this website.
If you are at a BFPO address please choose the country or region in which you would ordinarily be resident.