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The Open University Business School

The Open University Business School

Contact for admissions
The Open University Business School
PO Box 197
Milton Keynes
0845 366 6035
Date founded
Head/principal directors
Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean
Dean of the Open University Business School
Professor Rebecca Taylor
Business school ranking
Distance learning schools are not included in traditional rankings
Staff/student ratio
1:16. The teaching model differs from that of traditional face-to-face universities
Number of academic staff
68 central academics, 36 regional academics
Numbers of students
5,000 (MBA only)
Proportion of female staff (%)

Proportion of female students (%)
34% (MBA only)

Proportion of overseas students (%)

Proportion of MBA students: sponsored (%)

Self-funded (%)

Typical course costs

Approximately 16,000. Students pay for modules as they study


The Open University Business School offers a range of accredited undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes and executive education in business, management and law. Our teaching model allows students to work while studying and our flexible approach allows them to fit career development around their lifestyle. Learning can be applied immediately in the workplace which both tests the relevance of our teaching and gives employers an immediate return on investment.

Courses are delivered to students in around 100 countries via a practice-based learning approach that blends academically sound content with support from a local tutor, who supplements teaching with knowledge gained from practical operational experience. Networking opportunities allow students to learn about other cultures and industries.

Through consultancy, research and other collaborations we influence how industry operates. Our close connections inform our teaching which keeps it fresh and contemporary. The quality of our teaching and research is internationally recognised and is externally validated by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. Our qualifications are recognised by professional bodies such as AACA, CIMA, CIPD, CIPFA, CPA, ICAEW and IFA.

Areas of specialisation

The Open University pioneered distance learning and is at the forefront in this area. Our programmes are not converted from existing face-to-face teaching materials but are specifically designed for delivery via distance learning.


The Business School has relationships with around 2,000 partners, such as AAH Pharmaceuticals, Accenture, Airbus, BAe Systems, BMW Group, BT, the Cabinet Office, Citibank, Clarks, Cummins Engineering, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Gazprom, GlaxoSmithKline, HBOS, Hyundai, IBM, John Lewis, Lloyds Group, Logica, the Ministry of Defence Armed Services, Pfizer, the Probation Service, Rolls-Royce, Rosneft, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Scottish Government, Sibur, TNK-BP and Waitrose.

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