The only university in Northern Ireland dedicated to distance learning, we are open to people, places, methods and ideas. We are proud to have an overall student satisfaction rating of 88% and have the highest rating among Northern Ireland providers for the last 18 years*. We promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality, university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. We are here to help individuals, local business, the community and the economy of Northern Ireland.
*NSS Student Survey 2022
Free your ambition by studying with The Open University and change your life with our flexible way of learning.
We’ve got a huge range of free online learning to help you explore your passion or need.
For over 17 years, we've delivered a highly successful work-based pre-registration nursing programme in partnership with healthcare employers.
Find out more about who we are and why we do what we do here in Northern Ireland.
The Community Partnerships Project (CPP) is a widening access initiative to encourage people into higher education.
We work in partnership with Libraries NI to provide enhanced library access and free learning opportunities for both OU students and Libraries NI customers.
Embedding a culture of lifelong learning in our society will be a game-changer. Essential to that is accessible part-time, flexible higher education. Recognising its value and prioritising its growth is key to addressing skills shortages, economic productivity, regional imbalances, and social inclusion.
Fully funded courses to help you reskill and upskill into areas where job growth is expected.
A hub to assist new students to prepare for and settle into their studies at universities, university colleges and further education colleges across Northern Ireland.