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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 prepares for first successful landing on Mars
Academics from The Open University (OU) will be amongst those eagerly anticipating the first ever successful landing by European space scientists on Mars.
Open Outlook - October 2016
Open Outlook - October 2016 Find out more about the latest news and events from The Open University in Scotland, with the October 2016 issue of Open Outlook.
Rosetta may be crashing, but its legacy lives on
The Rosetta mission will end with a controlled descent to the surface of Comet 67P, but its legacy will live on in OU-developed applications on Earth.
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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.