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The Open University UK

4.4 out of 5 (90 ratings / 73 reviews) Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom
The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality online degrees and distance learning or sometimes refered to as e learning; serving students across the globe with highly respected degree qualifications, and the triple accredited MBA.

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (60)
Social Sciences (43)



  • The year 1969 was revolutionary: one giant leap took place for education: a new university was launched that was open to all.
  • In 1983 The Open University Business School - today the largest business school in Europe - opened its doors.
  • Expansion continued during the 1990s, with new areas of study including law and modern languages; and the introduction of named degrees.


  • The Open University awards degrees and other qualifications through distance learning.
  • The Open University offers a wide range of courses at various levels – from certificates and diplomas to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
  • Commonly, students apply to study with us for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.


Open University is recognised and renowned throughout the world for the quality of its research. Our research engages with some of the major issues facing the world today, informs public opinion and policy, and promotes debate and engagement with questions of global importance.

The quality of our research and teaching is apparent: in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), over 60% of our research was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’, with noticeable strengths in Computing, Art History, Sociology, Literature, Art and Design, and Development Studies. This placed us in the top 50 universities for research in the UK.


The corporate world is unanimous: Open University students are both welcome and in demand.

Corporate recruiters realise that our graduates have practical real-world knowledge, from which their businesses can benefit.

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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The Open University has its headquarters at Walton Hall in Milton Keynes, which is 80km north of Central London, midway between Oxford and Cambridge, and just off the M1 motorway, linking it to Birmingham and the north of England.

Academics at Milton Keynes

Around 1,200 full-time academics are based at the Milton Keynes campus, along with some 250 of our 1,400 full-time and part-time postgraduate research students.

Research at Milton Keynes

The University has invested significantly in its infrastructure for research, increasing laboratory space at Milton Keynes headquarters by nearly 50 percent in the last seven years. Our newest facility is the Jennie Lee Building, which houses dedicated laboratories for pervasive computing and deployment of ambient and ubiquitous technologies.

Services at Milton Keynes

Our students and academics are supported by around 4,000 administrative, technical, secretarial and student services staff. Among the administrative and service units with a public-facing role who are based at Walton Hall are:

  • Development Office (alumni relations)
  • Library
  • Media Relations
  • Open University Students' Association
  • Open University Validation Services
  • Open University Worldwide
  • Student Services
Milton Keynes community

The OU plays an active role in Milton Keynes life. Among the local networks in which it is a partner, member or sponsor are:

  • Milton Keynes Technology Network
  • Milton Keynes Enterprise Hub
  • University Centre Milton Keynes
  • Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce
  • Milton Keynes Community Foundation
  • Bletchley Park
Open Day

The campus is open to students, alumni supporters and local residents at Open Days held every two to three years. In 2009 the OU celebrated its 40th anniversary by opening up the campus at the Open Unlimited event.

Student Reviews

Studying in Storm
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The program layout is fantastic, fully supported

5 Star for the Open university!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The university experience was good as it gave me enough time to do my modules and the teacher rectifies was phenomenal. The tutor groups and the online lectures were well planned in advance. Overall the use of distance learning was useful to me as I’ve gained experience throughout the year of my studies. I’ve also implemented what I’ve learnt at work. Great teacher...

Perfect University
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It has been a great journey with this university so far. The teachers are always very helpful and supporting throughout everything.

Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom