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School of Arts & Humanities

The School of Arts & Humanities is central to The Open University, providing sector-leading, high-quality teaching and research. We use texts, music, artwork, objects and ideas to explore the history and culture of societies past and present. Undergraduate, taught postgraduate, and research qualifications are available and our students have very high completion rates.’

- Dr Donna Loftus (Head of School, A&H)

Donna Loftus
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The Arts and Humanities shine a light on the human condition. We offer courses in Art History, Classical Studies, Creative Writing, English Literature, History and Music, plus qualifications that bring in English Language, Philosophy, Politics and Religious Studies. Click through and learn more.

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Our School enjoys an international reputation for its award-winning academic research, supported by our vibrant research groups and centres, and our lively postgraduate research culture. Our researchers are committed to engaging with the wider world, enriching the lives of individuals and communities with their projects.

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Outreach and External Engagement

We encourage collective and collaborative projects inside and outside the OU. Through these strategic partnerships and progressive engagement opportunities, we strive to make a difference in the wider world.

Jun 10

OpenARC launch event

Monday, June 10, 2024 - 10:30 to 16:00

The Hub Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA and Online, Microsoft Teams

Jun 28

Literature and Music Research Group Symposium on Words, Music and Silence

Friday, June 28, 2024 - 10:00 to 19:00

Bournemouth University

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