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Distance learning and Online courses

Our flexible approach offers you a range of study options:

  • Flexible: You can study by distance, online and flexible learning, which allows you to combine your studies with work or other commitments.
  • Online: In addition to our programmes the University of London offers a range of free online taster courses and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
  • Local support: As well as online support, for many of our programmes you may be able to study full-time with local teaching support. Find out more about the support on offer from Recognised Teaching Centres.
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What is distance learning?

Distance learning and our online courses allow you to study wherever you are, arranging your studies around your work or family life. You learn using study materials and online learning resources that are designed for active learning. You can also connect with other students around the world via your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

What are the advantages of distance learning?

  • Study anywhere - our programmes can be fully studied online so you can learn from wherever you are.
  • Learn at your own pace - you'll have the flexibility to fit your studies around your schedule and work commitments on a part-time or full-time basis.
  • Value for money - fees for distance learning programmes are generally lower than on-campus programmes. You will also save on the cost of relocating to London to complete your degree.

How are learners supported?

When you register, we will give you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources including: the Virtual Learning Environment, the Student Guide and the Online Library.

We also offer our students a wealth of careers resources and guidance. To find out more about the career support available to our students, please visit our Careers Service page.

Is distance learning and online study right for you?

Most of our programmes are designed to be studied online, independently. Our students benefit from the flexibility to choose where and when they study at a pace that fits their lifestyle.

Kym Prichard, MA Applied Educational Leadership:

The distance learning aspect of this programme was essential. It was the only way I could further my learning and knowledge whilst working.

There are many advantages to studying by distance learning, but some challenges include effective time management and the lack of social interaction. If you prefer structured study support in a traditional learning environment, you can attend classes for many of our programmes at a Recognised Teaching Centre.

Study at a local teaching centre.

Is distance learning recognised?

Our prestigious qualifications are internationally recognised, combining the flexibility of online learning with the academic rigour and structure of an on-campus programme.

However, in some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register.

MOOCs - Online courses

The University of London offers a range of free online taster courses and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Many of our courses are developed in collaboration and academically supported by world experts at University of London's reputable member institutions.

Individual courses and modules

Many of our distance-learning and online degree programmes are split into courses or modules that can be studied individually. Short courses are useful for continuing professional development, refreshing your knowledge, or exploring a new area of interest.

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