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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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Study

Every year, we help thousands of ordinary people achieve extraordinary things. Find out more about our courses and qualifications, and what it’s like to study with us.
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Partnerships

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

Widening access to Higher Education
The Open University in Scotland has responded to the Commission on Widening Access' call for evidence.
Understand the language of music with new MOOC
Have you ever wondered what a conductor does, or how musicians are able to read the lines and dots on a sheet as a meaningful language?  A new, free, online course offers an insight into the world of the professional musician and introduction to functions of musical scores.
Dementia project wins award
An Open University project designed to raise awareness and understanding of dementia has won a prestigious award.
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Research

The Open University had 72% of its research assessed as 3 or 4 star in the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (2014). The high rating indicates that the research undertaken by the OU is world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of quality, impact and environment.

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Events

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

Try out study for free. Every day, millions of people worldwide enjoy and share free OU content – all you need is an internet connection.