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Courses and Qualifications

The Open University is Northern Ireland’s most popular university as rated by our students. 92% of our students in 2015 were satisfied with their course; the highest level of student satisfaction of any higher education provider in Northern Ireland. That was not just for 2015 alone, The Open University has been the top university for student satisfaction in Northern Ireland for the last 11 years!

While our courses are delivered online, students do not feel like they are distance learners. We are proud of the strong network of support that we provide to our students. We have a network of local staff, based in our Belfast office, that tutor and support our local students.

You can study with us from the start of your qualification, transfer credit from a degree that you started but didn’t finish, or complete a full undergraduate degree from the foundation degree, HND or HNC that you completed at a further education college.

Take a look at the courses that we offer below and contact us to explore what option best meets your needs.

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Our prospectuses help you choose your course, understand what it's like to be an OU student and register for study.

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Open Qualifications

Among the most flexible qualifications in the UK, our Open certificate, diploma degree courses let you mix and match any subjects you like. Find out more about the Open degree

Whats it like to study?

Our unique method of ‘Supported Open Learning’ combines more one to one contact than distance learning with more flexibility than campus-based learning.

More about what it’s like to study at the OU

Can I do it?

Whether you need help with finding the time, an Access module to ease you into university study, support with a disability or need to test your English or computing skills, we can help.

Find out how the OU can help you reach your goals


An OU qualification says ‘employ me’. Whether you want to start a new career or go further in your current job, we can help.

Find out more about OU study for your career

Already have a degree?

Join the OU postgraduate programme to extend your qualifications.

Learn more about postgraduate degrees 

Have you studied before?

If you’ve already completed some study at another university, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification.

Learn more about credit transfer