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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.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

8,944 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 3%
  • Part Time 97%

Domicile

  • UK 100%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Business & Management Studies 25 1465 1490
Education 110 955 1065
Other 5 1050 1055
Materials Technology 5 825 830
Creative Writing 5 515 515
Computer Science 25 395 420
Mathematics 20 360 380
English 5 330 335
Psychology 20 315 330
History 20 270 290
General Engineering 10 230 235
History of Art, Architecture & Design 5 225 230
Classics & Ancient History 5 210 220
Law 5 180 185
Nursing 5 155 155
Philosophy 5 155 155
Accounting & Finance 5 140 145
Chemistry 5 140 145
Geology 10 100 115
Music 10 95 105
Physics & Astronomy 40 60 100
Social Work 15 70 85
Anatomy & Physiology 5 60 65
Sociology 15 45 60
Biological Sciences 25 30 55
Librarianship & Information Management 5 20 25
Geography & Environmental Science 25 0 25
Linguistics 5 10 20
Architecture 15 0 15
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 5 10 15
Social Policy 10 0 10
Politics 5 0 5
Theology & Religious Studies 5 0 5
Economics 5 0 5
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 5 0 5
Art & Design 5 0 5
Civil Engineering 5 0 5
Agriculture & Forestry 5 0 5
Marketing 5 0 5
Chemical Engineering 5 0 5
American Studies 5 0 5
Mechanical Engineering 5 0 5
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 5 0 5
Sports Science 5 0 5
Medicine 5 0 5
Anthropology 5 0 5
Communication & Media Studies 5 0 5
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 5 0 5
East & South Asian Studies 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.