The Open University

OU students study in their own homes and workplaces, taking courses whose materials and methods are specifically designed for this type of distance learning. All students have named tutors, and most also have the opportunity to meet tutors and other students at local tutorials. The university's methods allow for study anywhere in the UK and in many other parts of the world.

UCAS Code: O11

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 92%
  • Postgraduate 8%

Mode of study

  • Part Time 100%

Where students come from

  • UK 100%

Student gender

  • Male 39%
  • Female 61%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • An online library provides access to e-books and e-journals, as well as databases for research articles. Useful information sources are identified, including statistics, conference papers, law cases, and past theses and dissertations.
  • The library building at Walton Hall is open during the week.
  • A chat service can connect students to a librarian for support, 24/7, and there is also training and events.

Careers advice

  • Careers support includes webinars and forum chats on specific topics, a LinkedIn group, and a jobs and employability bulletin. Registered students can also request a careers consultation.

Disability support

  • Please refer to the university website for details of services for disabled students.

Students' Union

  • All students registered to study with the OU are automatically members of the Open University Students' Association (OUSA), which is run by students for students. It has a network of local branches and representatives throughout the OU regions, as well as operating centrally.


  • The university was given its Royal Charter in 1969.
  • Since then, it has become the UK's largest university; more than two million people have studied with the OU since its opening. Today more than 30% of all part-time undergraduate students in the UK study with the OU.

Fascinating Fact

  • The Open University first broadcast on 3 January 1971 on BBC Two, making innovative use of television and radio to communicate with its home-based students. It has continued to work with the BBC, notably in recent years on Blue Planet II.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Lenny Henry – comedian and actor.
  • Myleene Klass – singer, musician and radio presenter.
  • Jerry Hall – model.


The Open University, PO Box 197, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BJ