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The Arts and Humanities offer ways of understanding the world we live in and the forces that have shaped it. From great art to tumultuous revolutions, they can show us who we are, who we were and even who we might be. Studying them develops transferable skills such as analysis, criticality, research, argument and communication – skills that are in high demand from a host of employers across a wide range of sectors.

- Dr Richard Marsden (Director of Teaching)

Richard Marsden

Arts and Humanities Prospectus 2011-2022 front cover

The Open University is one of Europe’s premier providers of higher education in the Arts and Humanities. To learn more about any of our subject areas and the courses you can study in them, click the relevant link on the right-hand side of the page. Alternatively, feel free to download our prospectus via the linked image.

We have six subjects on offer in the School of Arts and Humanities: Art History, Classical Studies, Creative Writing, English Literature, History and Music. Many of our courses also encompass subjects from other schools, including English Language, Philosophy, Politics and Religious Studies. Indeed, one of our most popular qualifications is the BA (Hons) Arts and Humanities, which offers students the chance to choose modules from across all of these subject areas plus Modern Foreign Languages as well.

All of our undergraduate degrees can be studied flexibly. That means that you can complete them in three years just like at a conventional university. Alternatively, you can take four, five or six years, or even longer if necessary, if you need to balance study against other commitments like work, family, or the need to manage a medical condition or disability. As well as undergraduate degrees, we run shorter qualifications such as certificates and diplomas. What’s more, you do not need any prior qualifications to enrol – these courses really are open to anyone and everyone. We also offer postgraduate Masters degrees in all six subject areas.

The lecturers who write our modules are all experts, not just in their respective fields but also in designing courses for students studying online and at a distance. Each module takes around two years to make, so that we can ensure that every one of them is of the highest possible quality. Equally, the Associate Lecturers who work directly with our students are experts in their subjects as well as being hugely skilled in supporting students studying in a wide range of sometimes challenging circumstances.

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