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Explore what’s possible when you learn with The Open University


Whatever you want to achieve, The Open University in Northern Ireland are here to help you make it happen, with the freedom to learn around your life. We’ve pioneered distance learning for over 50 years. There are hundreds of courses to choose from to match your interests, from Business and Psychology to Science and Social Care. Open up a world of opportunity with us. 

Five ways we can help you:

1. We bring university to everyone in Northern Ireland

Distance has never stopped us. Our flexible approach to study means you can learn around your life. Access all your materials, join tutorials and connect with tutors and fellow students, wherever you are.  76% of undergraduate students in Northern Ireland work full or part-time while they study. 

 2. We don’t ask for previous qualifications

For most courses, our only entry requirement is a desire to learn. That means whatever your starting point, there are no limits to what you can achieve with us. Our mission is to make learning accessible to all and we’ve helped over 47,000 students in Northern Ireland to reach their goals.

3. We support you every step of the way

With a dedicated tutor for every module, you’ll receive expert advice and regular feedback.

We also provide an experienced and qualified advisory service through our Belfast office support team, including providing information on additional funding, arranging additional study support sessions, advising on study strategies, or providing educational advice on how to continue with studies.

If you have a disability or additional need, advice and support are available via our Student Support Team in Belfast as well. This includes provision of reasonable adjustments, access to equipment and services, special exam arrangements and advice and support with applying for Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA) via Student Finance Northern Ireland.

4. Our qualifications are more affordable

50% of students in Northern Ireland pay nothing upfront by funding their studies with a fee grant and/or tuition-fee student loan. If your household income is under £25,000, you could get a fee grant of up to £1,230. *  You can also fund your studies with loans, bursaries or pay-as-you-learn instalments.

5. We’ll help you to prepare

If you’ve been away from education for a while, we have optional Access modules to ease people into study. Designed as an introduction to distance learning, they are a great way to refresh your study skills. Many OU students say studying one of our Access modules helped them feel prepared for a full qualification.

Study an Access module for free.  You could be eligible if your household income is less than £25,000 a year. *


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*Eligibility rules apply.

For media enquiries:

Contact Christine Murphy

Communications Manager
Tel 028 9053 6219