Skip to content

Toggle service links

 image provided by Belfast City Council

The Open University in Northern Ireland

John D'Arcy presenting

About us

We are Northern Ireland's top-rated university, and have been consistently rated highest for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for 12 years running.

Study with us

Study

We provide flexible distance learning across Northern Ireland, helping ordinary people achieve extraordinary things. 

Find out more about studying with us or browse our full range of courses and qualifications.

Routes to Learning

Routes to Learning

Routes To Learning is a guide that will structure a route through a range of free online resources from The Open University's award-winning website. 

Latest news

The Open University sponsors NI Civil Service Live 2017
The Open University is proud to announce that it is sponsoring NI Civil Service Live 2017 on Wednesday 24 May at the Belfast Waterfront.
Is your business in need of a fresh injection of ideas? The Open University could help you.
Attracting and retaining the very best talent is important for many ambitious SMEs.  The Santander Universities Internship Programme is a great way to identify future talent, head up or assist with a project, bring fresh ideas to your business or fill a short-term skills gap.  The Open University, in partnership with Santander, is offering funding to a limited number of SMEs in Northern Ireland who are interested in recruiting our students for short term internship opportunities. 
OU Computing and IT students visit Allstate NI
On the Tuesday 16 May, Allstate NI hosted the first ever site visit for Open University Computing and IT students. The visit gave the students the opportunity to network with IT professionals and discover what they need to make themselves stand out in an ever competitive industry. 
Image courtesy of Sean Duncan

Research

Research at the OU ranks in the top third of UK universities, influencing policy and practice from local to global level.

A tutor sharing information with a potential student

Our work

We work with employers, community groups and other organisations across Northern Ireland to offer a range of learning opportunities to a range of sectors of our society.

Man holding I-pad

Free Online Learning

We make Open University teaching and learning resources available free of charge to anyone with access to the internet, no matter where in the world they live.

Keep up-to-date with us

Sign up for our twice yearly newsletter.

Twitter logo

  
@OUBelfast

Facebook logo

  
The Open University in Northern Ireland