How to apply for postgraduate study

Our application process is simple.

Learn what to do and when with our step-by-step guide.

How to apply

  1. Choose your qualification.
  2. Select your first module and review the entry requirements.
  3. Register for your module online.
  4. Pay – see fees and funding for your available options.
  5. Send evidence to us to confirm you meet the entry requirements.

When to apply

  • Registration is now open for the academic year ending July 2025.
  • Closing dates vary depending on the modules you choose.

To ensure you have everything in place ready to start your course, please check the module descriptions – there may be preparatory work you need to submit before your module starts.

Entry requirements

To succeed at postgraduate level, it’s best to choose a course of study that builds on your existing qualifications or professional expertise. Each qualification and module description includes detailed information about the conditions you need to meet to be able to register for that course.

When you register, we’ll ask you to send us evidence to show that you meet the entry requirements. Read our Postgraduate entry requirements page to learn more about the skills required for successful postgraduate study.

Count your previous study

If you’ve successfully completed some postgraduate study elsewhere, you may be able to count it towards your OU postgraduate qualification – reducing the number of modules you need to study. You need to apply for credit transfer as soon as possible and before you register for your first module. For more information and to download an application form, visit our credit transfer website.