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New to OU study

If this is the first time you have registered to study with The Open University

This section applies to study that starts during the academic year 2018-2019 (modules starting between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019)

Registering for a qualification

This section applies if you are starting your study towards an Open University taught qualification, such as a certificate (Cert. HE), diploma (Dip. HE), bachelor’s degree (BA, BEd, BSc or LLB) or masters degree (MA, MEd, MEng, MSc).

Fee Rules (show/hide)
  • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2018/19 (218KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
  • Fee Rules (Taught Postgraduate) 2018/19 (224KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Conditions of Registration 2018/19 (403KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Changing Your Study Plans Policy from the Academic Year 2018/19 (242KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2018/19 (33KB) (applies to undergraduate and postgraduate students) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
Registering for a module as a standalone course

This section applies if you are registering to study a credit bearing module and you do not intend, at the moment, to count that credit towards an Open University qualification.

If you do intend to count your credit towards a qualification and you have not yet registered for or declared that qualification, we recommend that you do so as early as possible so that you will receive all the relevant information and support to help you to achieve your goals. Please contact us if you wish to discuss or change your registration.

Fee Rules (show/hide)
  • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2018/19 (218KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
  • Fee Rules (Taught Postgraduate) 2018/19 (224KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Conditions of Registration 2018/19 (403KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Changing Your Study Plans Policy from the Academic Year 2018/19 (242KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2018/19 (33KB) (applies to undergraduate and postgraduate students) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
Registering for a short course

This section applies to you if you are studying a non-credit bearing module from our Short Courses Prospectus

Registering for a research degree

This section applies to you if you are studying for an Open University research degree, this will be either a PhD, an MPhil, an EdD or an MRes.

Our research degrees handbooks tell you about the services available to you; and give advice about what to do at key points in your studies.

While we have done everything possible to ensure accuracy, the information in the handbook may change during the life of an edition due to changes in regulations or policy or because of financial or other constraints. Please note that when regulations and policies are updated, the most current edition will apply to all students irrespective of when you registered, unless special provision is made for particular groups or cohorts of students.