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People obtain management qualifications for all sorts of reasons – to get a better job, develop new skills, fill the gaps in their knowledge, take on more responsibility at work, or perhaps to make a complete change of direction. This section of our website is therefore split into five main sub-sections. We have also provided some suggested qualification routes.

Whatever your aspirations, studying with The Open University Business School is a shrewd move. We provide high quality, practical, work-based learning that's all about you – your needs, your goals, your career.

If you already have some qualifications and experience, you’ll be able to enter our programmes at an appropriate level. But you can also come to us without any formal qualifications at all, we are open entry, offering introductory courses to build your study skills and confidence, and learning support that’s second to none. So whether you want to sign up for the most popular MBA programme in the country, do some specialist professional development, study for a research degree, or just dip your toe into the water, you've come to the right place.

Examples of our course materials

Samples from many Open University and Business School courses are free to download from iTunes U. They'll give you the flavour of our first class learning materials but they won't give you the full experience of working closely with your personal tutor and fellow students. You have to sign up for a full course to enjoy that.

The OpenLearn website gives free access to educational materials from podcasts to quizzes to Open University courses with hundreds of free study units.