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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 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.
Open University launches Academic Partnership with Digital DNA
The Open University is proud to announce that it will be an academic partner to Digital DNA for this year’s flagship event on 6th and 7th June at St. George’s Market, Belfast.
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.
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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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