Why study Physics with The Open University?
Join the UK’s only distance-learning higher education provider able to develop comprehensive experimental skills using online tools and assets. You’ll be able to study at a pace that suits you and your other life commitments, enhanced by our innovative teaching methods. Our degree is accredited by the Institute of Physics.
You’ll also have access to:
- The award-winning online OpenSTEM Labs, to develop your investigative and laboratory skills, including with remote experiments you can control online.
- Optional hands-on laboratory work in physics, hosted on our Milton Keynes campus.*
- A selection of seminars and lectures covering the breadth of research in physics offered by the School of Physical Sciences.*
- The preparation you need to take your next step – whether it’s further study or employment.
OpenPlus – combine OU and campus-based study
If you’re considering study at a campus-based university, but perhaps your qualifications, finances or family commitments are holding you back, then OpenPlus could be the ideal blend of home based flexibility and on-campus university life. For more information about this unique partnership scheme, visit the OpenPlus website.
Careers in Physics
People with physics qualifications are well placed to enter both scientific and non-scientific jobs. The logical, reasoned approach needed for physics study is relevant to a wide range of employment sectors. For this reason, physics graduates – particularly those who have effective communication and interpersonal skills – are very much in demand.
A physics qualification from the OU could help you start a career in:
- Scientific research and investigation
- Analysis and diagnostics
- Information management
- Product design and development
*As a part of our response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we don’t expect to be able to offer face-to-face tuition on modules beginning before 31 August 2021. For any face-to-face events we’re unable to offer, online alternatives will be provided instead.