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   Corporate Governance & Finance   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
comprehensive profile   Internationale Betriebswirtschaftslehre MBA     zfh – Zentrum für Fernstudien im Hochschulverbund
comprehensive profile   Logistics - International Management & Consulting MBA     zfh – Zentrum für Fernstudien im Hochschulverbund
  Occupational Therapy   comprehensive profile   Jönköping University
  Health & Hospital Management MBA   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Digital Business MBA   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Digital Economy & Leadership   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Materials and Manufacturing   comprehensive profile   Jönköping University
  Digital Marketing & Analytics   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  International Business MBA   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Advanced Child Protection Studies     University of Birmingham
  Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy)     Keele University
  Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors     University of Nottingham
  International Oil and Gas Management     University of Dundee
  Construction Law and Dispute Resolution     Leeds Beckett University
  MBA Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy     Arden University
  Accounting and Financial Management (Fast Track Route for Qualified Professionals)     University of the West of England
  TESOL     University of Birmingham
  Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry     De Montfort University
  Adults with Learning Disabilities who have Significant and Complex Needs – Distance Learning     University of St Andrews
  Radiotherapy Planning     Sheffield Hallam University
  Sport and Exercise Psychology     University of Gloucestershire
  Heritage Management and Tourism     Newcastle University
  Information Technology Law     Aberystwyth University
  Computing     Staffordshire University
  English Studies     University of Nottingham
  Construction Management     Glasgow Caledonian University
  Geographical Information Systems     University of Leeds
  Systematic and Philosophical Theology     University of Nottingham
  Stem Cells and Regeneration     University of Bristol
  Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law     University of Winchester
  Brewing Science     University of Nottingham
  Advanced Child Protection     University of Kent
  Health and Social Care Management (Blended Learning)     University of Reading
  Clinical Research     Cardiff University
  Geographical Information Systems     University of Salford
  MBA     The Open University
  Health Psychology     University of Derby
  ...     ...
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