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The Open University

Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

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Public University

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Established in 1969

About

Established in 1969, the world’s first higher education distance learning institution, The Open University (OU) is a public research university. The Open University is located in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire in England. The Open University has 168,167 students and over 7,700 international students. The student satisfaction rate of The Open University is 87%. The Open University has 30,791 students declaring a disability.

The Open University has 156,975 undergraduate students and 11,240 postgraduate students. The Open University's popular courses include Arts and Humanities, Biology, Business and Management, Chemistry, Combined Studies, Computing, and IT, Counseling, and Creative Writing.

The Open University courses include 26 master’s degrees,one integrated master's, 17 graduate certificates,97 honors degrees, 16 postgraduate diplomas, and over 400 undergraduate and graduate modules.

Top Reasons to Study in the The Open University

Three-quarters of students at The Open University are distant learners. The university offers Open Qualification opportunities where the students can build unique qualifications. There are Open Qualification options in the BSc (Honors) Open, Certificate of Higher Education Open, and Diploma of Higher Education Open.

  • Due to the quality of education, the university is triple-accredited by the international accrediting bodies including AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. 72% of the registered students work part-time during their studies.
  • The Open University offers two MBAs including the MBA in Master of Business Administration and an MBA in Technology Management. The university offers short courses on science including plants and people and the frozen planet.
  • The Open University scholarships include  International Distinction Awards 894 GBP ( INR 86,043) and the Computer Science High Achievers Postgraduate funding for International Students.

Admissions at The The Open University

How to Apply at The Open University

  • Students seeking admission can apply online.
  • Fill out the application form
  • Choose a program
  • Press the “Apply now” button
  • Send an admissions form
  • Complete admissions tasks
  • Go to study

Note: The Open University application fee is included in the modules.


Documents Required to Apply to The Open University

The requirements for admission vary according to the department, all the Open University international students must submit the following documents:

  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendations 
  • English Proficiency Test scores
  • Resume or CV
  • Work experience if required 
  • Photographs
  • Health and Life Insurance
  • Student visa
  • Online Application form
  • Letters
  • Passport
  • Proof of fee payment
  • Declaration for financial support
  • Birth Certificate

Exams Accepted By the University

For admission, specific Open University admission requirements must be met:

Exams

Score

GMAT

640

English Proficiency Requirements 

Students seeking Open University Eligibility Requirements must score the following on the English Proficiency Test:

English Proficiency Tests

Required Minimum

IELTS

6.5

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Students

International Students

Total International Students in the university

8802


Alumni

The university has a strong alumni network of  280,000 alumni and The Open University alumni include Daisy Edgar Jones (English actress), Daniel Tammet (Novelist and Poet) and Joan Armatrading (Songwriter and singer).

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Campus

Number of campuses the university has
1

Campus locations
Buckinghamshire

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Transportation in the city

There are multiple routes serving the local area and beyond, including routes from and to Milton Keynes, Buckingham, Aylesbury, and High Wycombe. Buckinghamshire has a number of train routes that provide access to the county and to other areas. The train service is provided by Virgin Trains, London Midland and Southern Trains.


Services offered by the university

  • The Open University campus is 48 hectares and Milton Keynes houses infrastructure for research and academic purposes. The campus also has art collections including the Modern Misses by Zimbabwean sculptor Dominic Benhura.
  • A greater percentage of students at the University study off-campus. There are 168,000 Open University students in the UK and Europe. The Open University plays an active role in Milton Keynes's life through networks like Milton Keynes Community Foundation and Bletchley Park and Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce.

Student life

  • The university has 21 student societies, 51 clubs, and two groups including the PLEXUS (LGBT+ group) and Disabled Students Group (DSG).
  • The Walton Hall campus library building has a range of resources including meeting rooms and study spaces. It is host to the Postgraduate Research Student Common Room, which is a center for the cross-faculty community.
  • The campus of the university has a variety of dining options and shops. The students can grab a quick coffee at the Berrill Cafe, or have a delicious meal from the Hub Restaurant.
  • Facilities for child care are also provided on the campus. The campus of the university houses the purpose-built Mulberry Bear Day Nursery. It’s an independent charity that is supported by The Open University and managed by the parents.
  • The students can attend a variety of classes including yoga, Zumba, and more. There are clubs for tennis, martial arts, sailing and running, and badminton.
  • The university has over 40 clubs on the campus.

On campus accomodation

  • On-Campus accommodation is available on the campus of the university.
  • The Open University provides on-campus accommodation in the Milton Keynes and 
  • on-campus accommodation is easily accessible by the students of the university.
  • The amenities available in the room include a bed, wardrobe, tiled floor, and a drawer. En-suite rooms have a shower, basin, and toilet.
  • Amenities include parking space, garden, and broadband access. The kitchen has a cooker, refrigerator and washing machine.

Accommodation Expense

  • The accommodation expense of the university amounts to 2066 GBP( INR 1,98,842).

Faculty

University Faculty Stats

The student-faculty ratio of the university is 31.8 and the university has excellent academic staff who are proficient in their field of excellence.

Opportunities

Research opportunities at university

500 people from The Open University are engaged in research in over 25 areas, and there are around 1,200 research students. Open University is a collection of over 40,000 open-access research outputs.

  • Open Science Observatories

The university operates a collection of telescopes and other instruments. comprises the Completely Autonomous Service Telescope (COAST) along with the Physics Innovations Robotic Telescope Explorer (PIRATE).


Internship opportunities (Part time job opportunities)

The Open University offers internship programs for postgraduate researchers. The Open University offers internship opportunities for undergraduate students as well. These internships enable the students to gain experience in the outside real working world.

  • Santander Universities SME internship program

This internship program funds the students and graduates and helps them in gaining valuable work experience in medium-sized businesses. The program has placed 9,000 students and graduates in the workplace.


Placement - Companies and average salaries offered

86% of the graduates of the university find a job within 6 months of graduation. The average salary per annum of Open University graduates is 31,000 GBP ( INR 29,83,606).

Contact


Email

ouw-customer-services@open.ac.uk

Address

Walton Hall, Kents Hill, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, United Kingdom


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FAQs

1. What are the Open University tuition fees?
The fee for two 60-credit modules is GBP 5,241( INR 5,04,421).

2. What is the Open University acceptance rate?
The Open University acceptance rate is 87%.

3. What are the Open University GPA requirements?
The Open University GPA requirement is 2.

4. Can a student study for a whole degree with the Open University?
Yes, the Open University offers undergraduate degrees and other qualifications along with individual modules.

5. What is the preferred mode of language for teaching in an Open University?
The preferred mode of language for teaching in Open universities is English.