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About The Open University Business School (OUBS)

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For 40 years ambitious executives like you have been realising their potential through our innovative, practice-based courses. Our quality is underpinned by the latest leading-edge research and enriched by a global network of partnerships.

Studying with the OU became a lifestyle – I felt that I was a part of something. I wasn’t necessarily expecting this to be the case with distance learning, so it was a pleasant surprise!

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The Open University Business School is triple accredited (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). Our internationally-recognised teaching and learning methods take education right to the heart of leadership and management practice. Tutors are experienced business professionals, and because our distance learning approach allows managers to continue at work while studying, you can apply new knowledge and skills right from the start.

Almost 119,000 people from more than 125 countries have already studied with The Open University Business School. We invite you to join them.

Institutional values


  • We play a unique role in society, making Higher Education open to all
  • We promote social justice through the development of knowledge and skills


  • We lead the learning revolution, placing innovation at the heart of our teaching and research
  • We continuously seek new and better ways to inspire and enable learning
  • We create world class research and teaching


  • We respond to the needs of individuals, and employers and the communities in which they live and work
  • We are dedicated to supporting our students’ learning success


Providing world-class open management education and research which empowers individuals, organisations and society to influence future global development and deliver just outcomes.


To empower all individuals who strive to solve complex, critical problems by continuously learning, improving practice, supporting diversity, creating knowledge and innovating for responsible development. Our global community will deliver social mobility and create a sustainable future.