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Fees and Funding in England

With The Open University, a world-class postgraduate qualification is an investment you can afford.

If you need some help choosing a funding option that’s right for you, our Finance Finder can help.

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How much will it cost?

The total cost you pay for your qualification is dependent on the modules you choose to study. With us, you pay for your modules as you study them, rather than the whole qualification up front. Expand the tables below for the cost of our qualifications in full.

Qualification Fee
Advanced Clinical Practice £9,960
Art History £6,630
Childhood and Youth £6,630
Classical Studies £6,630
Computing £8,515–£8,850
Creative Writing £6,630
Crime and Justice £6,630
Cyber Security £8,515–£8,850
Education £6,630
Engineering £8,970–£9,449
English £6,630
Environmental Management £8,640–£8,850
Finance £9,920
Forensic Psychological Studies £6,630
Global Development Management £8,850
History £6,630
Human Resource Management £9,960
Law £8,515–£9,035
Mathematics £6,630
MBA (Master of Business Administration) £17,175–£18,840
MBA (Technology Management) £16,200–£16,295
Mental Health Science £7,740
Music £6,630
Open Masters £6,630–£12,920
Philosophy £6,630
Psychology £6,630
Social Work £9,950
Space Science and Technology £8,110
Systems Thinking in Practice £8,180–£12,180
Technology Management £8,330–£13,845
Translation £6,630
Qualification Fee
Business Administration £12,560
Childhood and Youth Studies £4,420
Computing £5,565–£5,900
Cyber Security £5,900
Engineering £6,020–£6,499
Enhanced Clinical Practice £6,640
Environmental Management £5,715–£5,900
Finance £6,640
Global Development £5,900
Human Resource Management £6,640
Humanities £4,420
Mathematics £4,420
Mental Health Science £5,160
Professional Studies in Education £4,420
Social Work £7,740
Space Science and Technology £5,530
Systems Thinking in Practice £5,230–£9,230
Technology Management £5,380–£9,230
Translation £4,420
Qualification Fee
Advanced Networking £2,950
Business Administration £6,280
Childhood and Youth Studies £2,210
Computing £2,615–£2,950
Environmental Management £2,950
Finance £3,320
Global Development £2,950
Global Development Management £2,950
Human Resource Management £3,320
Humanities £2,210
Mathematics £2,210
Non-Medical Prescribing £3,320
Online and Distance Education £2,580
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Wales £5,250
Professional Studies in Education £2,210
Social and Psychological Inquiry £2,210
Space Science £2,580
Systems Thinking in Practice £2,615–£4,615
Technology Management £2,615–£2,950
Translation £2,210

 

Fees published in the tables above are valid from 16 April 2021 for students starting study before 31 July 2022. Fees normally increase annually in line with the University’s strategic approach to fees.

Additional costs

When thinking about how much your course will cost, it’s important to bear in mind the following:

  • You’ll need your own computer and internet access.
  • There may be additional costs associated with set books and travel to tutorials.
  • If you choose to study a module that involves attending a residential school or weekend, there will be additional costs, such as travel to and from the venue. Further information is available on the module descriptions.

 

 


 

Funding your studies

We’ve got funding methods to suit you, whatever your circumstances. Learn more about postgraduate loans and other options below.

Postgraduate loans in England

  • Get a non-means-tested maintenance loan of up to £11,570, paid directly to you.
  • Your first instalment is paid after you’ve started studying an eligible postgraduate qualification.
  • Repayments only start when you earn over the current income threshold of £21,000 a year.

OUSBA loan

Pay your fees in instalments with a loan from Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA).

Credit or debit card

Quick and simple – complete your module registration in a single card payment that covers all the module fees.

Employer sponsorship

Your employer could pay your module fees. Find out more about full or partial employer sponsorship.

Bank transfers and mixed payments

We’ll show you how you can pay by bank transfer or combine payment methods.

Studied before?

Save time and money by counting previous postgraduate study towards your OU qualification.

 


 

 


 

Other support

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for some additional financial support.

OU bursaries

Only available to OU graduates, there are some additional funds that may be of interest to you.

Grant funding

Grants for fees, study costs and more are available for current and potential postgraduate students.

Study-Related Costs Funding

After you’ve started studying, you may be eligible for support with study-related costs.

Disability financial support

If you’re studying with a disability, there may be some financial assistance we can offer you.

Carers’ Bursary

If you provide unpaid care to a friend or family member, you may be eligible for £250 for study-related costs.

Care Experienced Bursary

If you’ve ever been in the care of a Local Authority, you may be eligible for £250 for study-related costs.