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Resources and study materials

You study using materials and online learning resources that are written by academics from the University of London's member institutions.

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Your Virtual Learning Environment contains study materials such as podcasts, audio lectures and activities.

Undergraduate study

In many cases, we send course materials by post, but these are also available online. A typical study pack contains:

  • subject guides written by the member institution.
  • a student handbook.
  • programme specifications (learning outcomes) and regulations.
  • past examination papers.
  • information on how to access the University of London online library.

For some undergraduate courses you will also need to buy additional textbooks. Earthprint has a dedicated online bookshop for our students, with many popular titles in stock. If you prefer to visit a local seller, download our leaflet for help.

Sample study guides

Where available, sample study materials are available on individual course and module pages. These can be located via the site search or via our degree pages ('View modules').

See, for example:

Postgraduate study

As a postgraduate student, your resources include enhanced online facilities such as supervised discussion forums, online lectures, and group assignments.

You usually receive a complete study pack, so you won’t need to purchase additional textbooks. Our online library will grant you access to the world’s best academic journals.

You will also usually have access to a personal tutor, who will support you in your studies and provide feedback on your work.

Get an insight into the study resources you receive as a distance-learning student. Toby Boyd discusses the resources provided for Postgraduate Laws.


Student email account

Your student email account provides a safe and reliable channel for communication.

The Virtual Learning Environment

Your Virtual Learning Environment contains study materials such as podcasts, audio lectures and activities. You can also link up with other students around the world.

Online library

Each course has a dedicated gateway to the University of London online library, which will help you get the best out of your studies. Its resources include:

  • over 97 million e-journal titles.
  • professional legal databases including LexisNexis and Westlaw.
  • a collection of specially selected e-books.

Our state-of-the-art search engine and guides will help you find what you are looking for. We also have an enquiry service staffed by professional librarians.

Senate House Library

Distance-learning students have free reference access to Senate House Library. You can use it as a place to study or browse its collection in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Benefit from:

  • an extensive collection of printed and online books including historic and antiquarian books.
  • newspapers and news services including digital archives.
  • specialist collections, historic maps and rare books.
  • history of the University of London and of individuals connected to the University.

You will need to show your University of London ID card to gain access, and bring proof of your home address the first time you visit the library.

If you wish to borrow books, you will need to become a member. You can sign up on a 3-month or 12-month basis.

Access to further libraries

A select number of libraries have previously offered their services to distance-learning students.

See our leaflet for further details.