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Enabling people to change their lives through learning, across Northern Ireland.

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 91% and have the highest rating among Northern Ireland providers for the last 16 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 2020


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Coronavirus updates

At the OU, we’re committed to using our expertise in online education to help our students, staff, alumni and society navigate the new ‘normal’ created by the coronavirus pandemic.  Check out our coronavirus hub for a diverse range of information.


Registration closes 10 September 2020

Study with us

Free your ambition by studying with The Open University and change your life with our flexible way of learning.

Support for Local Business

Free courses for local SMEs

The Open University has partnered with Invest Northern Ireland to offer a range of free training and learning resources to re-power business across Northern Ireland.

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Furloughed workers scheme

The Open University has partnered with the Department for the Economy to offer a range of free training to help you improve your skills and wellbeing.


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Contact Us:

For general enquiries / reception,
call +44 (0) 2890 245025 (phone lines are currently closed)

The Open University,
110 Victoria Street,
Belfast, BT1 3GN

Building is currently closed to the public

Accessibility statement:

The Open University Accessibility Statement for the Belfast office