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Fees and funding

In Northern Ireland we have a range of payment and financial support options to meet your individual needs and to help you meet your study goals – whether you’re studying a single module or working towards a qualification.

How can I pay for my studies?

Studying with The Open University in Northern Ireland is much more affordable and straightforward than you might think. You can apply for a range of course and fee grants or pay for your studies in instalments, through an Open University Student Budget Account, spreading the cost to 'pay as you go'. You can also take out a Part-Time Tuition Fee Loan.

Other options include employer sponsorship, and paying upfront with a debit or credit card, or via bank transfer.

Visit our main Fees and Funding page for more details.

Financial support

If you’re on a low income or in receipt of certain benefits, you may be able to apply for Part-Time Fee Grant which is means tested and non-repayable. It can be used to pay all or some of your module fees if you're studying towards a qualification. Dependent on how many credits you’re studying it could be worth up to £1,230.

If you're not eligible for a Part-Time Fee Grant or if your Part-Time Fee Grant does not cover the full cost of your tuition fees, you can apply for a Part-Time Tuition Fee Loan. 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty, you may qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to help with any related additional study costs. 

Credit transfer

If you have previously studied elsewhere at higher education level, we may be able to award you credit transfer towards an OU qualification – reducing the number of modules you need to study. 

How much does it cost?

Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis. If you’re studying for a qualification, you won't have to pay the whole cost upfront.

In Northern Ireland, our fee for a typical 30-credit module is £479, and for a typical 60-credit module it's £958.* The number of credits in a qualification ranges from 120 for a certificate, to 360 for an honours degree. Most part time students study 60 credits a year.

*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2018. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.

Visit our main Fees and Funding page for more information. Qualification descriptions also include detailed fee information.

 

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