Distance and online learning

Benefits and support

Studying by distance learning has the benefit of allowing you to develop your career without having to leave employment. It also means that you can apply new knowledge and insights to your working life while you are still studying, with many students choosing to tackle work-related topics in their dissertations.

Distance learning isn't just about career progression. It can also be to deepen your knowledge of a favourite subject or simply for the pure enjoyment of learning.


Distance learning is a flexible way to study as you are able to choose when and where you study - from home, in the office, or anywhere in the world! There are no timetabled classes to attend which means you can fit studying for a qualification around your other commitments.

Supported study

Self-study is central to any distance learning course. However, should you need it, support is always available from your tutors at the University. You will, of course, have access to the Library’s special service for distance learning students and to internet and database services, as well as to Blackboard - our virtual learning environment.

Our experience

Throughout your course you will benefit from studying with a university that has more than 25 years of experience in this type of learning. Distance learning is a core part of what we do at the University of Leicester and our courses are flexible and of the highest quality, as well as being focused on you and your needs.


A qualification from the University of Leicester is career-changing. It can be the springboard to promotion with your current employer, the platform from which to launch a new career or simply a way to become more effective in your current role. Choosing to study for a degree gives a clear signal to employers that you are committed to developing your skills and knowledge.

International recognition

The University of Leicester is a leading British university and our prestigious degrees are awarded and recognised in the UK. Recognition outside the UK may vary, however. If you plan to use your University of Leicester qualification for employment or further study outside the UK then you should check locally whether your course will be recognised.

International organisations and companies where our graduates have successfully used a University of Leicester qualification to enhance their careers include Zenith Bank, Pfizer, the United Nations, Unicef and various Ministries for Education and Employment plus branches of the military.

“My studies have had a tremendous impact on my professional life. It has given me new insight into management especially when dealing with HR and finance related aspects of my role. With the help on my course I gained the promotion I wanted and am now planning to set up my own company before I retire from the police service.” - Evagoras Limistrias, Police Sergeant for the MOD in the British Bases in Cyprus, recent Leicester MBA graduate.

And of course, studying for a degree at the University of Leicester is a rewarding and enriching experience that brings about significant personal development.

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