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The Open University in Northern Ireland

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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 13 years running.

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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

Six reasons to study at The Open University
If you are receiving your exam results today and are thinking about your next step then why not consider The Open University (OU)?
The Open University is rated top Northern Ireland university for student satisfaction
The Open University (OU) has again been rated the top university in Northern Ireland for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS). The Open University in Northern Ireland received a rating of 89% for overall student satisfaction making it the thirteenth year in a row that the OU has topped the university student satisfaction table in Northern Ireland. 
OU brings astronomical telescopes to students in their home
The OU Faculty of STEM is celebrating the inauguration of its remotely-controlled robotic telescopes, which will bring astronomy and space science to life for students whenever and wherever they are in the world.
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Research

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

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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.

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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.

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