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Postgraduate courses

Since its creation in 1969 The Open University 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.

Browse the A to Z of courses to find information about the postgraduate modules and qualifications that we offer - over 50 qualifications including postgraduate certificates and diplomas, and taught masters degrees.

There’s a wide range of fascinating subjects to choose from:

Arts and humanities, Business and management, Childhood and youth, Computing and IT, Education, Engineering, design and technology, Environment and development, Health and social care, Law, Mathematics, and Science.

Why the OU?

For quality and relevance, flexibility and innovation.

Read more about what our postgraduates say about the OU.

Fees and funding

You pay for your postgraduate studies module by module, rather than for an entire programme up front.
Read more about postgraduate fees.


Research degrees

OU research is recognised and renowned throughout the world. It engages with some of the major issues facing the world today; informs public opinion and policy, and promotes debate and engagement with questions of global importance.

Read more about research degrees.

Credit transfer

If you’ve already completed some study at another university, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – reducing the number of modules you need to study.

You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. Just tell us what you studied, where and when, and we’ll compare this against the learning outcomes for your chosen course.

For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website