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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 11 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

New OU/BBC collaboration takes viewers on an Irish adventure
The history of Ireland is explored in a new Open University/BBC TV series which looks at its scenery, prominent landmarks, politics, heritage and culture.
Pinewood uses world-class expertise to launch free on-line course ‘The Business of Film’
Pinewood Studios was pleased to announce that its free on-line course that looks at the business side of film making launched on Monday 5 October 2015.
The Open University celebrates the outstanding achievements of graduates in Northern Ireland
275 Open University students received their degrees on the 2nd October in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast – in the biggest OU ceremony ever held here. Baroness Nuala O’Loan was also awarded the degree of Doctor of the University for the exceptional contribution she has made to the legal profession, her work as Police Ombudsman and contribution to social development in Northern Ireland.
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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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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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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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