The Future is Open

Ready to open up your future? The Open University brings study to you, with supported distance learning that flexes around your life. With expert tutor support every step of the way, you can unlock possibilities you didn’t dream possible.

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Welcome to The Open University

We’ve continuously developed our supported distance learning method for over 50 years. Our resources are designed so that you can fit a high-quality university education around your busy life.

Whatever future you’re looking for, your possibilities are open.

More to explore

Getting started is easier than you think, but if you've got questions, we have the answers. Check out the essentials to study at The Open University.

What is distance learning?

We're dedicated to distance learning, but what does that mean? Find out how, what, when and where you'll study with our series of short guides on being an OU student.

Can I do it?

We don't believe in barriers, so if you're prepared to put the work in, we'll help you succeed. And if you don't know the best place for you to start, we can help with that too.

Fees and funding

More than 80% of our students use a loan with Student Finance England to fund their studies; it's the most popular way to pay. Check out your funding options today.

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