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The Open University in Scotland

Providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential

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About us

The Open University in Scotland is the leading provider of part-time higher education in Scotland. 

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Every year, we help thousands of ordinary people achieve extraordinary things.

Find out more about studying with us or browse our full range of courses and qualifications.

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Meet our students and alumni

We support students in open learning across Scotland. Our flexible programmes and wide range of qualifications allow learners to pick the study route that’s best for them.

Latest news

OU academic among team to discover Earth-like planet
An international team of astronomers, including The OU's Dr John Barnes, has detected a planet orbiting our nearest star, Proxima Centauri.
Scottish OU students 'most satisfied' over last decade
Students at The Open University (OU) continue to be among the most satisfied in Scotland. The OU in Scotland has been given an overall satisfaction rating of 91% in the 2016 NSS.
Quiet weekend ahead? Let space scientists help you planet
Calling all aspiring astronauts and astronomers! Visitors to Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh this weekend will have the chance to see and learn about real-life mission apparatus, explore galaxies, and meet experienced space scientists.
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Our Work

We work with schools, employers, unions, community groups and other learning providers to widen access to education across Scotland.
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Free online learning

It doesn’t matter if you’re into art or zoology, or whether you have 5 minutes or 50 hours. We’ve got a huge range of free online learning to help you explore your passion.

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Find out more about our events including conferences, seminars and lectures. To learn more about our courses, find an information event near you.