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Welcome to the Faculty

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences embodies the core values of The Open University, enabling, empowering and transforming individuals, societies, cultures and ourselves through our teaching, research and engagement in dialogues across the world. More


A reading from Homer (Lawrence Alma Tadema)

School of Arts and Cultures

We explore questions about texts, music, artworks, objects and ideas and their relationship to societies past and present, through our innovative teaching and research.

History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

School of History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

Our world leading research on historical and contemporary issues of society, religion, crime, power and policy underpin an innovative range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications..

Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography

School of Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography

Our disciplines address key national and global issues such as politics, economics, justice, international development and innovation, environmental studies through inspiring teaching and research.


School of Psychology

As Europe’s largest provider of university-level education in Psychology, we offer a dynamic, research-led learning experience at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. Our internationally-recognised research is characterized by its interdisciplinary orientation and engagement with real world problems.



Registration now open for Medieval and Early Modern Spaces and Places

The Medieval and Early Modern Research Group at the OU is pleased to announce that registration for the spaces and places conference on 23-24 February is now open. The registration fee includes lunch and refreshments.

25th January 2018
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Upcoming Events

Feb 23

OU Hosts Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Spaces and Places

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 09:45 to Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 17:00

Hub Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK10 9HY

Feb 27

International Women's Day Talk: War, Women and the Gypsy Caravan

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 -

13:00 to 14:00

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland 2 Titanic Boulevard Titanic Quarter Belfast BT3 9HQ

Mar 3

Open University Psychological Society Annual Conference 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018 -

09:30 to 17:30

The New Academic Building, London School of Economics, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

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