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The Open University provides higher education opportunities to students across the Republic of Ireland helping ordinary people achieve extraordinary things.


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We provide flexible distance learning across 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 PhD student names a crater on Mercury after Irish poet
OU PhD student, Jack Wright has been given the honour of naming a 120km diameter crater on Mercury which he identified through his mapping of the planet.
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.
Rosetta may be crashing, but its legacy lives on here on Earth, says OU academic
The Rosetta Mission will end with a controlled descent to the surface of Comet 67P on Friday 30 September 2016*; however, its legacy will live on in applications on Earth, developed by academics at The Open University, including detecting cancer and sniffing bed bugs.
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The Open University undertakes world-leading, innovative research and development that influences policy and enriches lives. OU research ranks in the top third of all UK universities.

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We work with groups, universities and employers across the Republic of Ireland.

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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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