Postgraduate study

As the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible supported learning, we’re renowned for our engaging postgraduate programmes.

Learn more about our courses and why students choose to study with us.

Browse all courses

We offer over 180 postgraduate courses. Find the right one for you.

A to Z of courses

Browse by qualification

Whatever your study goals, choose from our certificates, diplomas, and masters degrees to get you there.

Course types

Research degrees

With around 1,000 postgraduate researchers currently studying with us, our research degrees are in demand.

Research degrees

What you need to get started

It's easy to begin your postgraduate study with us, and every year we help thousands of people achieve extraordinary things. Here are some of the essentials you may need to know to help get you started today.

Why The Open University?

Every year, lots of postgraduates choose to study with us rather than any other university. Find out why we’re their first choice.

Fees and funding

You could be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to put towards course fees and study expenses. Our Finance Finder will tell you more.

How to apply

Find out about our entry requirements, when to apply, and how your previous studies might reduce the cost of your studies with us.

Postgraduate distance learning

From the qualifications we offer, study hours, how you’ll study, tutor support and more. Find out everything you need to know about OU postgraduate distance learning.


Within six months of graduating, 85% of our postgraduates are in employment. Learn about our outstanding careers support and why employers value our qualifications.

Disability support

We strive to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone, which is why more disabled students choose the OU than any other UK University.

Request a postgraduate prospectus

Packed with information on fees, funding, courses, subjects and more, our prospectus is your essential guide to postgraduate life at The Open University.

Request a prospectus

MA in International Relations

Explore real-world challenges, including international division, rising powers, security threats, populism, and worldwide ethical dilemmas, via practical cases and global perspectives.

Find out more about our new MA in International Relations

Masters degree in Education

Enhance your career in education with our flexible masters degree. Choose from four specialisms, and enrich your knowledge of the current debates and issues relevant to your chosen route.

Find out more about our Masters degree in Education