Zimbabwe Open University

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About Us

The Zimbabwe Open University is a multi-disciplinary and inter-faculty institution of higher learning offering Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programmes. ZOU offers degree and non-degree programmes through distance teaching and open learning to youth and adult learners.

The Zimbabwe Open University confers Certificates, Diplomas, Undergraduate Degrees, Masters Degrees, Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil) Degrees. This year ZOU graduated the second M.Phil and D.Phil cohorts, making a total of 14 Doctoral graduates to date. To support all these quality programmes, ZOU employs both full time members of staff and part time staff members. This year the University is celebrating the 20th year of its existence including the period it operated as a Centre for Distance Education. ZOU hosted the 10th Graduation Ceremony on 30 November 2012 where 1 568 graduands were capped by the Chancellor of the University, His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde. Robert Gabriel Mugabe. This marked a critical milestone in the University’s endeavour, in pursuit of quality ODL and academic excellence!

Programs Offered

Faculty of Arts, Education, and Humanities has three departments:

  • Department of Education,
  • Department of Languages and Media Studies
  • Department of Social Sciences.


The Faculty of Science has four departments:


  • Department of Health Science,
  • Department of Agriculture,
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.


The Faculty of Commerce is the largest faculty.It has three departments:


  • Department of Banking and Finance Management and Business Studies
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Human Resources, Marketing and Labour Relations

Admission and Applications

The Zimbabwe Open University is a distance teaching and open learning institution that was created by an Act of Parliament [Chapter 25:20] on 1 March 1999 . It operates through a National Centre and ten Regional Centres that are found in each of the political provinces of the country.This handbook provides some guidelines and policies on admission, registration and assessment procedures. More information is provided in the various University regulatory instruments and documents.

Advertising Policy
The Zimbabwe Open University admits students every semester through advertising nationally. Each programme on offer admits students once a year. Advertisements will only be floated after confirmation of the availability of the learning materials such as modules and tutorial letters.

ActivityFirst SemesterSecond Semester
Advertising30 August of Each Year7 March of Each Year
Deadline of Receipt of application forms30 September Each Year and 7 October each year (Late Applications)7 April Each Year
14 April Each Year (Late Applications)
Finalisation of Admissions30 October Each Year30 April Each Year

Faculties through Academic Registry submit advertisements which outline qualification requirements for each programme and deadlines of receipt of application forms. The advertisements specify the required certified certificates which accompany the application form.

Regulations For Admissions
Levels of Admission
The Zimbabwe Open University offers students admission at the following levels:

  • Certificate/Diploma (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Masters by Coursework
  • Masters by Thesis
  • MPhil/DPhil

Levels of Regulations
There are 2 levels of Regulations, namely:
General Regulations which cover all programmes; and Programme Regulations which cover each specific programme.

General Regulations take precedence over programme regulations. Five ‘O’ Levels including English Language and specific subjects and qualifications as required by the programme.

Where an applicant does not have a pass in English Language at ‘O’ Level he/she will be required to pass a recognised English Proficiency Test before admission into a programme.
Applicants who fail the English Proficiency Test will be required to take a certificated English Language bridging course offered by the Zimbabwe Open University.

Applications for admissions are through an official ZOU application form purchased at any one of the ten Regional Centres.

Admissions Procedures
Application forms should be submitted to the relevant region where the candidate intends to study. The regions maintain a serialized inventory of application forms and after the deadline for the submission of application forms, the data on application forms is captured onto spreadsheets by programme. The spreadsheets are used by Regional and Faculty Admissions sub-committees to recommend successful applicants to the Senate sub-committee on admissions. The cash office receives money in lieu of application forms. Letters of offer are forwarded to successful students. Invoice statements are attached to these letters.

Download Application Forms