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Fees and funding

You pay for your postgraduate studies module by module, rather than for an entire programme up front. A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost. 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
Health Care
Science £5300–£8300
Environment and Development
Systems Thinking
Law £8000–£8500
Development Management  £8300–£10,300
Business and Management (Specialist Masters) £9000
MBA  £15,200–£17,000

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 in more than one country – such as 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 (not on a module-by-module basis). This policy is supported by legal advice, and is consistent with EU law.

Examination fee

The University has established examination centres in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and most countries in Continental Europe. Students sitting exams at one of these centres do not need to pay examination fees. If you cannot attend an established examination centre we can arrange for you to sit your exam at an appropriate venue in your country of residence for an additional charge (between £228 and £234 in 2015 – fees for 2016 may be higher).

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. 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.