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Fees and funding in England

With The Open University, a world-class postgraduate education is an investment you can afford. It’s also an investment that will reap rewards: within six months of graduating, 85% of our postgraduates are in employment.

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How much will it cost?

Every Open University postgraduate qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost. This means that you pay on a module-by-module basis, rather than for the whole of your qualification up front.

As fees for individual modules can vary, the total cost you pay for your qualification is dependent on the modules you choose to study.

Fees published in the tables below are valid for students starting study before 31 July 2019. Fees normally increase annually in line with the University's strategic approach to fees.

Masters degrees – from £5,100

Qualification Fee
Advanced Networking £8,160
Advancing Healthcare Practice £6,120
Art History £6,120
Childhood and Youth £6,120–£6,495
Classical Studies £6,120
Computing £7,515–£8,160
Creative Writing £6,120
Crime and Justice £6,120
Development Management £7,480–£11,240
Education £6,120
Engineering £8,405–£9,765
English £6,120
Environmental Management £8,160
Finance £9,180
Forensic Psychological Studies £6,120
History £6,120
Human Resource Management £9,180
Laws £7,855–£8,160
Mathematics £6,120
MBA (Master of Business Administration) £15,185–£17,400
MBA (Technology Management) £13,645–£14,320
Medicinal Chemistry £7,140
Mental Health Science £7,140
Music £6,120
Online and Distance Education £6,800–£7,140
Open Masters £5,780–£11,920
Philosophy £6,120
Psychology £6,120
Science £7,140–£7,310
Social Work £9,200
Space Science and Technology £7,480
Systems Thinking in Practice £7,175–£12,780
Technology Management £7,855–£12,780
Translation £5,100

Postgraduate diplomas – from £3,400

Qualification Fee
Advanced Networking £5,440
Advancing Healthcare Practice £4,080
Business Administration £10,925–£11,600
Computing £5,135–£5,440
Development Management £5,440
Engineering £5,685–£7,045
Environmental Management £5,440
Finance £6,120
Human Resource Management £6,120
Humanities £4,080
Integrated Practice in Childhood and Youth £4,080
Mathematics £4,080
Medicinal Chemistry £4,760
Mental Health Science £4,760
Online and Distance Education £4,760
Professional Studies in Education £4,080
Social Work £7,160
Space Science and Technology £5,100
Systems Thinking in Practice £4,760–£8,520
Technology Management £5,135–£8,520
Translation £3,400

Postgraduate certificates – from £1,700

Qualification Fee
Advancing Healthcare Practice £2,040
Business Administration £5,800
Computing £2,415–£2,720
Conflict and Development £2,720
Development Management £2,720
Environmental Management £2,720
Finance £3,060
Human Resource Management £3,060
Human Rights and Development Management £2,720
Humanities £2,040
Integrated Practice in Childhood and Youth £2,040
Mathematics £2,040
Online and Distance Education £2,380
Professional Studies in Education £2,040
Social and Psychological Inquiry £2,040
Space Science £2,380
Systems Thinking in Practice £2,415–£2,720
Technology Management £2,415–£2,720
Translation £1,700

Additional costs

When calculating costs, remember to bear in mind the following:

  • In order to study with us, you’ll need your own computer and broadband internet access. There may also be additional costs associated with set books and travel to tutorials.
  • If you choose to study a module that involves attending a residential school or study weekend, there will be additional costs, such as travel to the venue. Further information can be found in the module description.
  • Depending on your chosen qualification, modules may be available for you to attain professional accreditation. Fees for these modules will be payable in addition to those required to achieve your qualification. Further information can be found in the qualification descriptions.

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