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

The Open University in Ireland is open to people, places, methods and ideas. 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.

In Ireland we offer a wide range of courses and qualifications through supported open learning, we support our students and staff, undertake projects around learning enhancement, and engage with key education stakeholders and policy-makers.

We are here to help individuals, local business, the community and the economy of Ireland.


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Courses and Qualifications

The Open University specialises in providing high quality distance learning at undergraduate and postgraduate level. There are nearly 1,500 people studying with us across Ireland who are upskilling and increasing their career prospects.

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Our strategy

The Open University’s mission sets us apart from other universities globally. We are enormously proud to promote educational opportunity and social justice. We are focused on transforming the design, content and delivery of supported, flexible open learning.

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Meet our students

The Open University in Ireland provides supported open learning to students across the length and breadth of the country. Our flexible programmes and wide range of qualifications enable learners to choose a study route that best suits them.