Distance learning
Distance learning is a great solution, if you can't physically attend classes in your desired university!

Masters - distance learning

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Distance learning overview

Nowadays, many universities offer distance learning courses. Distance learning gives students and young professionals the opportunity to complete a degree from home, suitable for those who do not have the possibility to follow a full-time programme .

The variety of online Masters programmes is broad. Using the opportunities of the worldwide web, virtually any university offering such programmes is at your disposal. Through various means of media, audio or visual, digital or postal, you will accomplish all courses and tasks demanded within the study. In case of any troubles, your personal mentor will offer guidance and support. Instead of conventional lecture structures, electronic distance learning creates a virtual classroom for both students and teachers in order to communicate and interact.

There are two forms of distance learning, the so-called blended learning and pure e-learning. Blended-learning is a combination of e-learning and occasional, compulsory attendance periods (e.g. one weekend per month). You will conduct a pure e-learning programme exclusively from your own computer at home visiting compulsory courses online.

Exams organisation

While you sit the exam at a convenient location, which is rarely ever the university itself, pay attention to the following procedures involved. You nominate an adjudicator (i.e. supervisor) to oversee the exam. This must be a reputable person such as a school principal, tertiary tutor/lecture or police officer.

Set a date, time and place for the exam (usually held at the adjudicator's office).The exam is sent to the adjudicator, who will then conduct the exam.On completion of the examination, the adjudicator directly sends your work to the university.

These steps are typical of how an examination takes place for students completing an under- or postgraduate degree via distance learning.

Advantages and disadvantages of distance learning


  • Flexibility: You can remain in your job and study at the same time.
  • Convenient: You can submit papers and assignments just by one click.
  • Saves money: Online courses are usually cheaper than on-campus courses and do not require the stress of moving.
  • Saves time: You can save a lot of time on commuting preserving your study energy.
  • Choices are endless: Distance learning allows you to choose from a wide variety of universities to complete your degree.


  • No direct contact: Lack of personal interaction with teachers and fellow students can be overwhelming and affect a student’s learning capabilities.
  • Technology dependence: Problems with the network or your computer can pose a huge threat to proceedings.
  • Lack of discipline: Dividing your time successfully, without the help of teachers, requires self-discipline, perseverance and self-motivation.
  • Not valued by all employers: Not all employers value a successful online degree as highly as a regular degree

Find universities around Europe that offer Distance learning Masters

    study programmes     universities
comprehensive profile   Sports Science (one year) - Performance Optimisation with a Focus on Elite Sport   comprehensive profile   Mid Sweden University
comprehensive profile   Corporate Governance & Finance   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Sozialmanagement   comprehensive profile   FH Münster
  Master of Science in Emotion Psychology   comprehensive profile   Mid Sweden University
  Soziale Arbeit und Forschung   comprehensive profile   FH Münster
  International Business MBA   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Digital Business MBA   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Management in Pflege- und Gesundheitseinrichtungen   comprehensive profile   FH Münster
  Digital Marketing & Analytics   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Health & Hospital Management MBA   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Digital Economy & Leadership   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Terrorism, Policing and Security (Distance Learning)     London Metropolitan University
  International Relations And Russian Studies     Staffordshire University
  International Trade and Commercial Law - Distance Learning     Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University
  Interdisciplinary Psychology     Leeds Beckett University
  International Relations     Staffordshire University
  Environmental Law and Management     Aberystwyth University
  Infectious Diseases     London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  Psychological Well-being     De Montfort University
  Performance Coaching     University of Stirling
  Information Technology Law     Aberystwyth University
  Property Management and Investment     Edinburgh Napier University
  Public Financial Management     SOAS, University of London
  Master of Business Administration (MBA)     Kingston University
  Clinical Embryology     University of Leeds
  Applied Sport And Exercise Science     Staffordshire University
  End of Life Studies     University of Glasgow
  Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law     University of Winchester
  Cultural Astronomy and Astrology     University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  Environmental Design of Buildings     Cardiff University
  Gastroenterology     Queen Mary University of London
  Online Executive MBA     Buckinghamshire New University
  Medicinal Chemistry     The Open University
  Corrosion Control Engineering     University of Manchester
  Subsea Engineering     University of Aberdeen
  Education Professional Practice     University of Cumbria
  Quality Management     Robert Gordon University
  Occupational Psychology     Birkbeck, University of London
  Global Mental Health     University of Glasgow
  ...     ...
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