Welcome to The Open University – the home of a unique learning experience.

Martin Bean congratulates a Royal Navy pilot on achieving his 'wings'For more than 40 years we’ve been helping people from across the UK and around the world to fulfil their potential. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, when you left school or what you do for a living. Every year around 250,000 adults study with us to gain the qualifications that can transform their lives forever.

The OU has something for everyone, whichever rung of the learning ladder you find yourself on. Want to explore the world around you, but can’t commit to formal study? We have more than 11,000 hours of learning materials available, for free, right here on our website.

OU Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean in his degree ceremony robesNot sure if higher education is for you? Why not try one of our entry-level Access modules to give you the study skills and confidence you need?

Have plenty of business experience and want to take that next step up in your career? Our MBA is triple accredited, putting it in the top one per cent worldwide.

And unlike most universities, you don’t have to put your life or career on hold while you study. Our flexible, part-time model means you can ‘earn while you learn’, fitting your university work around your daily routine.

We believe in giving everyone a chance, but we never compromise on standards. An OU education is a world-class education. That’s why we’re the UK’s number one university for student satisfaction. That’s why our research is top-50 rated.

The Open University is committed to delivering the best possible learning experience to the widest possible range of students. Higher education is a life-changing journey, and it’s a journey that you can start, today, on this website.

We’re open. Come on in.

Martin Bean

For many of the OU’s 1.8 million students to date their success story has culminated in the excitement and pride of a degree ceremony. Below, the Vice-Chancellor congratulates new graduates at the Ely ceremony.

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