The support system at the OU is very good, for example support for study skills (which after twenty years out of education I found useful) and the careers service.Sophie Hearn, MA in History
How long will it take?
The time it takes to complete a qualification depends on the number of credits you study in a year. Most postgraduate students study part time, at the rate of 60 credits a year – which requires studying for about 16 hours a week. The table below gives you an idea of how long it will take to complete a qualification. These are just typical examples, so please check qualification descriptions for the most accurate information. It may be possible to study for some qualifications at a faster rate, but most people find this too intense, especially if they’re working at the same time.
Time required to complete typical postgraduate qualifications
|Masters degree||180||3 years part-time study|
|Postgraduate diploma||120||2 years part-time study|
|Postgraduate certificate||60||1 year part-time study|
The Open University is the only university in the UK dedicated to distance learning. You can study as you work, study at your own pace, and take your studies with you as you move.
The real joy of it is the flexibility and being able to squeeze those study hours into my normal working week and not having to stop work to do it.Arwen Bailey, MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice
If you’ve successfully completed some postgraduate study elsewhere, you may be able to count it towards your OU postgraduate qualification – reducing the number of modules you need to study. You need to apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, and certainly before you register for your first module. For more information, visit our credit transfer website.