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Fees and funding

You pay for your postgraduate studies module by module, rather than for an entire programme up front. The module fee you pay is dependent on what you study and where you live.

How much does it cost?

The table below gives an indication of our price bands for a postgraduate qualification, based on current UK fees:

Arts and Humanities
Education Health Care
Social sciences 
Information systems
Development management
Systems practice
MBA  around £16,000

Find a course and see the detailed fee information for your country.

Outside the UK

Fees are higher outside the UK because the University needs to cover the extra costs of operating and supplying services outside the UK. These costs include the additional costs of operating in more than one country in respect of all aspects of the University’s services to students, including the provision of examinations, additional residential and day schools, retaining students, and additional financial charges. Additional costs are allocated across all students in a given territory and are not calculated on a module-by-module basis. This policy is supported by legal advice, and is consistent with EU law.

Examination fee

Where a module contains an examination you may also need to pay an additional fee of £228 for an overseas examination. This fee is charged for examinations outside of our established examination centres, which are located in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and in most countries in Continental Europe.

Paying for your study

Pay as you go

Find out more about an account with Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) and the option of paying for your study in monthly instalments as you go. You must be at least 18 years of age and credit is subject to your financial circumstances and status.

Card payment

Pay by debit or credit card when you register for each module.

Employer sponsorship

Around one in ten OU students are sponsored by their employer. If your study relates to work, your employer may be prepared to pay some or all of your fees.

Other support

If you live in Scotland, some postgraduate modules may be eligible for help with fees. For the most up-to-date information, click

Crowther Fund

If you are an OU graduate with an honours degree, support may be available from the Crowther Fund. The Crowther Fund is intended to help OU graduates build upon their OU degrees, either by formal study or research or by generally broadening their experience through a period of voluntary work.

The fund doesn't take account of financial circumstances. Applications for the Crowther Fund are open between 1st November and 28th February each year with awards made in late April.

For further information, please email To apply, download the application form and guidance notes.  

Beevers Fund
If you are an OU honours graduate, you can apply for funding to undertake research towards an OU higher degree from the Robert Beevers Memorial Fund. An award from this fund can be used for payment towards fees or study related costs such as books or travel. The funding available is normally between £100 and £1000 per student and is available for research related study.

The fund is administered via the Crowther Fund and for further information, please email or to apply, download the application form and guidance notes. The closing date for award applications is in late February each year and the awards are made in May.

The University wishes to emphasise that, while every effort is made to regularly update this site, the material on it is subject to alteration or amendment in the light of changes in regulations or in policy or of financial or other necessity.