Distance learning and online courses

Why Leicester

A leading UK university

The University of Leicester is one of the UK's leading research and teaching universities with over 25 years' experience offering high quality distance learning courses.

We are a major learning provider of distance learning programmes, so we can combine high quality courses with a vast choice of subjects and consistent value for your money. Over 25,000 distance learning students have graduated from Leicester.

Our courses have been designed to be studied at a distance, giving you the flexibility to study from any location within a structured and supportive framework, allowing you to combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments.

Accessible and supported study

Self-study is central to distance learning. However, support is always available from our distance learning administrative teams at the University.

The discussion boards on our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, are accessible from any location at any time during your study and will provide you with opportunities to network with your peers and connect with your tutors. Some of our courses also include residential visits and workshops, giving you the opportunity for face-to-face interaction. This will vary from course to course, so please see individual course pages for further information.

Top rated Students' Union

Our Students’ Union is here to support all students during their studies, offering education advice, representation and a chance to meet new people.

Distance learning students go through a unique learning experience, and the Union's Advice Service is here to help every step of the way offering free, impartial and confidential advice about your course. In addition, the Union has a dedicated Distance Learning Officer who makes sure that your views and needs are considered in Union affairs.

The Students Union’ also gives you the opportunity to get involved representing your fellow course mates. Wherever you live in the world, you will have a voice on campus.

Outstanding library team

You will have access to the Library’s comprehensive online catalogue containing thousands of electronic journals and over 350,000 books. This includes the Leicester Research Archive, a digital collection of research papers and theses from members of the University.

As a Leicester student, you will be able to access the online catalogue and download these resources free of charge - wherever you are in the world. You are, of course, welcome to come onto campus and use our Library facilities at any time.

Guidance and support from our Career Development Service

Our Career Development Service are well positioned to offer you guidance and support at any point during your time with us. Their huge range of programmes and awards are specifically designed to help you get ahead in your chosen career.

Once you become a student you can access their full range of services including:

  • Online tools and individually tailored advice to help you extend and develop your academic skills
  • Employability programmes and awards including the online version of our Leicester Award
  • A wide selection of one-to-one careers consultations, workshops and webinars covering interview and assessment centre skills, psychometric testing and CVs, covering letters and application forms
  • Links with employers to discover the career paths that are open to you

Network of partners

To help in the running of selected courses we have developed a network of agent partners around the world to support you during your studies, some of whom will organise local teaching events. Please contact the appropriate Department directly to find out whether there is an agent in your country who deals with the course in which you are interested.

Global alumni

Once you have completed you studies you become part of our global alumni family maintaining strong links with graduates, parents, friends and supporters of the University through a programme of events, services and communications.

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