What is distance learning?

Our distance learning programmes offer a flexible way to study for a research degree - allowing you to gain a University of Leicester research degree wherever you are in the world.

We offer distance learning research degrees in the following subjects:

Benefits of distance learning

Distance learning research degrees allow you to:

  • Develop your career without having to leave employment
  • Continue earning as you study and spread the costs of your course
  • Apply new knowledge and insights to your working life while you are still studying
  • Tackle a professional or work-related topic of interest to you in your doctoral thesis

Support and training

On a distance learning programme, you are just as much a part of our research community as your campus-based colleagues:

  • Many schools and departments now use email groups and other online forums to involve those on distance learning programmes in the day-to-day lives of their postgraduate communities and you will be encouraged to participate in campus-based research events as far as possible.
  • You'll have a personal supervisor who will help you plan and manage your research and develop your understanding of relevant research methodology.
  • You can keep in touch with your supervisor and other researchers in your school or department through Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment.
  • You can access online training materials, study guides, and multimedia resources to help you develop your effectiveness as a researcher
  • We have extensive e-library resources including remote access to some 65,000 electronic journals and 800,000 e-books.