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If you want a science degree - but perhaps your qualifications, finances or family commitments are holding you back - then OpenPlus is just right for you. This unique partnership between The Open University (OU) and other leading science universities around the UK opens up a more affordable and flexible route to an honours degree in chemistry,  environmental science and physics .

Endorsed by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics, OpenPlus provides you with a high-quality teaching and learning experience from start to finish.

  • Accessible - Anyone can apply to OpenPlus so you don't need any formal entry qualifications.
  • Affordable - Studying with the OU means you can earn while you are learning.
  • Achievable - Real flexibility lets you fit your OU studies around your lifestyle and balance your learning with your career.

How and where you study

With OpenPlus you start studying part time at home through supported learning with The Open University (OU). You will also attend a residential school. You complete your degree by studying two years full time at your chosen partner university.

A science degree can change your life for the better

Openplus students come from a wide range of backgrounds and choose to study science at degree level for many different reasons. Some to boost their professional credentials and progress their careers, others to broaden their horizons or simply for the satisfaction of personal achievement.

  • Greater opportunity – you can use your science knowledge and skills in many different careers and sectors. Climate modeling, computer science, ecology, education, electronics, journalism, medicine and space science are just a few of the realistic possibilities.
  • Greater rewards – getting an honours degree in chemistry or physics means you’re likely to significantly increase your lifetime earnings.

What you can study and where More about OU study

Contact us

If you have any questions, prior to applying, not answered in our FAQ's please email

If you are an HE institution and are interested in finding out more about OpenPlus please email