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The Open University in the Republic of Ireland

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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 brings astronomical telescopes to students in their home
The OU Faculty of STEM is celebrating the inauguration of its remotely-controlled robotic telescopes, which will bring astronomy and space science to life for students whenever and wherever they are in the world.
The Open University honours Gaelic football icon, Mickey Harte
Renowned Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte was honoured by The Open University with the award of Doctor of the University at a ceremony in Croke Park on Friday 28th April. Mr Harte had his award conferred alongside 135 graduating students – from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds and from a spectrum of careers.
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.
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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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