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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 12 years running.

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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

OU PhD student names a crater on Mercury after Irish poet
OU PhD student, Jack Wright has been given the honour of naming a 120km diameter crater on Mercury which he identified through his mapping of the planet.
Universal Goals, Devolved Powers: The Sustainable Development Goals and the UK’s Response
A new report is launched today (Monday 20 March) which examines the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and their implementation in the UK, especially within the context of the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Open University Nursing graduate wins award at British Education Awards
On the 30th January, Open University Nursing graduate David Ferran won ‘Northern Ireland Degree Category’ at the British Education Awards in London.
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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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