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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

Cosmic Collisions: secrets of the universe explored
Scientists helping to unlock the secrets of our solar system and the nature of the universe, including The OU's Professor Monica Grady, will be among the star attractions at Scotland’s Cosmic Collisions event.
OU brings astronomical telescopes to students in their home
The OU Faculty of STEM is celebrating the inauguration of its remotely-controlled robotic telescopes, which will bring astronomy and space science to life for students whenever and wherever they are in the world.
Inverness invigilator reaches 40 year mark
Sheila Macdonald, an invigilator from Inverness, has scored an exam milestone, supervising assessments with The Open University in Scotland for four decades.
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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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