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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 from 19 April 2019 for students starting study before 31 July 2020. Fees normally increase annually in line with the University's strategic approach to fees.

Masters degrees

Qualification Fee
Art History £6,300
Childhood and Youth £6,300
Classical Studies £6,300
Computing £8,085–£8,400
Creative Writing £6,300
Crime and Justice £6,300
Development Management £8,400
Education £6,300
Engineering £8,595–£9,051
English £6,300
Environmental Management £8,400
Finance £9,445
Forensic Psychological Studies £6,300
History £6,300
Human Resource Management £9,445
Mathematics £6,300
MBA (Master of Business Administration) £15,370–£17,900
MBA (Technology Management) £14,645–£14,735
Mental Health Science £7,350
Open Masters £6,035–£12,260
Philosophy £6,300
Psychology £6,300
Science £7,456–£7,806
Social Work £9,460
Space Science and Technology £7,700
Systems Thinking in Practice £8,085–£11,560
Technology Management £8,085–£13,140
Translation £5,505

Postgraduate diplomas

Qualification Fee
Business Administration £11,935
Childhood and Youth Studies £4,200
Computing £5,285–£5,600
Development Management £5,600
Engineering £5,795–£6,251
Environmental Management £5,600
Finance £6,300
Human Resource Management £6,300
Humanities £4,200
Mathematics £4,200
Mental Health Science £4,900
Online and Distance Education £4,900
Professional Studies in Education £4,200
Social Work £7,360
Space Science and Technology £5,250
Systems Thinking in Practice £5,285–£8,760
Technology Management £5,285–£8,760
Translation £3,670

Postgraduate certificates

Qualification Fee
Business Administration £5,970
Childhood and Youth Studies £2,100
Computing £2,485–£2,800
Conflict and Development £2,800
Development Management £2,800
Environmental Management £2,800
Finance £3,150
Human Resource Management £3,150
Human Rights and Development Management £2,800
Humanities £2,100
Mathematics £2,100
Non-Medical Prescribing £3,145
Online and Distance Education £2,450
Professional Studies in Education £2,100
Social and Psychological Inquiry £2,100
Space Science £2,450
Systems Thinking in Practice £2,485–£4,380
Technology Management £2,485–£2,800
Translation £1,835

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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