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Distance learning

Our flexible approach offers you a range of study options.

  • You can study by distance and flexible learning, which allows you to combine your studies with work or other commitments.
  • For many of our undergraduate courses, you may be able to study full-time with local teaching support.

What is distance learning?

Distance learning allows 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 on your course around the world via your virtual learning environment.

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

Some of these are designed to introduce you to the kind of themes that appear in our programmes. Others involve study methods and general interest.

We set the syllabus, provide study materials and assess your work. Local teaching institutions can support you or study independently via distance learning.

Study independently or with a local institution

Most of our courses are designed to be studied independently. However, if you prefer structured study support, you can attend classes for many of our undergraduate courses at a local teaching institution.

Study at a local teaching institution.

World class; Worldwide

Whether you prefer the flexibility of distance learning courses or studying with the support of an approved teaching institution local to you, you will become a University of London student and join the world class.