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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

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.
Online course for international humanitarian managers launched
The Open University (OU) is launching a free online course in partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy for international humanitarian managers.
Tim Wheeler and Catherine Bell honoured by the OU
Singer, songwriter and Alzheimer’s campaigner Tim Wheeler was honoured by The Open University (OU) with the award of Doctor of the University at a ceremony in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Friday 21 October. Mr Wheeler had his award conferred alongside 277 graduating students – from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds and from a spectrum of careers – as well as fellow honorary graduate Ms Catherine Bell CBE.
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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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