You must hold a bachelors degree awarded by a recognised UK or Italian university or equivalent. We recommend that your degree is in subjects such as business, economics, international relations, law, political sciences or statistics. A full list of accepted Italian qualifications is defined within the Application Guidance (see Appendix B).
Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis. A minimum score of 6.5 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or an equivalent qualification is required for entry where applicable. Further information regarding the English language skills requirements can be found within the Application Guidance (see Appendix C).
It is strongly recommended that you are comfortable with the use of numerical methods and spreadsheets and that you familiarise yourself with these skills prior to studying the first module.
How long will it take?
The minimum time to complete this qualification is two years. This can be achieved by studying 120 credits (60 ECTS) in each year, which is the equivalent of full-time study. The maximum time to complete is seven years. Please note, any additional years of study beyond the two years will incur additional costs as listed in the section below.
How much will it cost?
The qualification is designed to be completed in two years, but it may take longer. Fees will be charged annually for each year of study of the MSc. Fees displayed here are valid for the academic year 2021-2022 but are subject to an annual increase in line with inflation and changes to exchange rates. The fees displayed here do not cover any accommodation, meal or travel costs incurred either in Italy or the UK.
For students starting the MSc programme in 2021 the fee will be £4,450 for the first year of study. We anticipate fees for the second year of study to be £4,450, subject to review in line with inflation and exchange rates.
For each additional year of study the student needs to complete the qualification, we anticipate the fee to be £2,760, subject to review in line with inflation and exchange rates. Students will not be required to pay an additional yearly fee if they are not studying in that academic year or they are able to complete the qualification within the first two years.
The displayed fees are shown at the current rate for students starting the programme between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022. Fees are reviewed on an annual basis and may increase from year to year based on inflation, changes to exchange rates, and the University's strategic approach to fees. Fees for subsequent years of study may change.
How to apply
You will need to register your interest by completing an application form and providing evidence that you meet the entry requirements to apply and be accepted onto the programme by the Degree Admissions Board, which will comprise of academics and admissions staff from both The Open University and University of Bologna.
The final application date is 23 August 2021. Applying early allows sufficient time for your application to be processed.
The Application Guidance will give you further information about the application process, the fees before you complete the application form.