Computing and Information Technology is the foundation to modern society and business. In this subject area we include specialism in computer science, data science, digital forensics, digital technologies, networking, software development and web development.
Our range of Computing and IT qualifications can be found in our online prospectus. For more information about studying Computing and Communications at the Open University, click on the links below. Our modules are supported by module team staff and by a large group of part-time associate lecturer staff based around the UK and Ireland.
At undergraduate level, we offer three main routes leading to a BSc honours degree:
The BSc Computing and IT is accredited by the BCS. You can study this degree as a broad-based option, or specialise to concentrate on communications and networking, communications and software, or software.
The BSc Data Science will equip you with the key skills to work in this exciting area.
A foundation degree in Computing and IT practice followed by a top-up degree in Computing and IT Practice. The foundation degree is about acquiring skills and learning how to deploy them at work. The top-up degree will add skills and knowledge required to convert the foundation degree into a full BSc.
We offer a Digital and Technology Solutions Professional degree apprenticeship that develops the higher-level skills and behaviours required to create confident and capable digital and technology professionals.
We offer one taught postgraduate degree:
You can also incorporate Computing modules into an Open MA or MSc degree.
We offer both full-time and part-time PhD and MPhil degrees on research projects related to our main thematic research areas. Browse our research pages to discover some of the things we do.
As well as our degrees, you can study a number of free, short course and other material on the OpenLearn site.
The Open University doesn’t just teach: it’s a global leader in research and innovation too, with OU research and development ranking in the top third of UK universities. The Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has a long and distinguished record of conducting high quality, internationally leading research. These researchers contribute to our state of the art curriculum material ensuring our teaching is up to date, informed by scientific research.
You can get a flavour of our research from our published research papers.
Open University worked really well because it is flexible and I could do it in my evenings and weekends. I started a career in IT and wanted to have the background knowledge to help me do my job really. I’ve worked for McLaren Cars, Virgin Media, Ministry of Defence and I now work as a computer programmer for RSM Tennon and I know in each of my interviews they’ve been really impressed, with my own commitment to study as well - so it has really helped.Hanna Wood, BSc (Hons) IT & Computing.