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Join the OU postgraduate programme

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Since its creation in 1969 the OU has built an enviable reputation as a world leader in distance education, and has supported over 170,000 postgraduate students on taught masters and PhD programmes.

We have awarded more than 90,000 postgraduate qualifications, including more than 43,000 masters degrees.

We currently offer over 30 taught masters degrees, including:

  • our internationally recognised MBA,
  • a range of professionally recognised computing qualifications,
  • an MA in English,
  • and our MSc in Development Management.

Why the OU?

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For quality and relevance – a postgraduate degree from the OU provides a degree that attracts attention; it helps you to stand out in the job market and develop your career. You can build certificates into diplomas, and diplomas into degrees, and many of our qualifications are professionally accredited.

For flexibility and innovation – with the OU you can study as you work, study at your own pace, and take your studies with you as you move. The Open University is the only university in the UK dedicated to distance learning.

For value and expertise – with our distance-learning experience and renowned expertise we can offer masters degrees from around £3,500. See ‘Fees and ways to pay’.

What our postgrads say

In a recent Higher Education Academy survey of postgraduate students in the UK (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2009), OU students particularly praised:

  • the ongoing and timely feedback they received from their tutors,
  • our top-quality teaching materials, and
  • the flexible nature of our part-time study.

How does it work?

You can study a standalone course, or you can work towards a postgraduate certificate, diploma or masters degree.

You can complete a taught masters degree at the OU in as little as two years but, if you prefer, you can spread your masters over a longer period.

Research degrees

If you’re looking for a PhD, or other research degree, click through to our Research Degrees prospectus.

Studying outside of UK and Europe?

If you live outside of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Europe, please visit our website for international students.

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