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®
  Digital Business MBA   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  International Business MBA   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Management in Pflege- und Gesundheitseinrichtungen   comprehensive profile   FH Münster
  Sozialmanagement   comprehensive profile   FH Münster
  Soziale Arbeit und Forschung   comprehensive profile   FH Münster
  Digital Economy & Leadership   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Health & Hospital Management MBA   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Occupational Therapy   comprehensive profile   Jönköping University
  Digital Marketing & Analytics   comprehensive profile   MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule®
  Materials and Manufacturing   comprehensive profile   Jönköping University
  Pipeline Integrity Management     Northumbria University
  Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding     Oxford Brookes University
  Inclusive Education     Middlesex University London
  International Relations (Distance Learning)     Oxford Brookes University
  Timber Engineering     Edinburgh Napier University
  Commercial Practice for the Energy Sectors     Robert Gordon University
  International Business Law     Queen Mary University of London
  Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language (Department of English)     University of Birmingham
  Religions and Education     University of Warwick
  Employment Law and Practice     Robert Gordon University
  MBA     Edinburgh Napier University
  Quantity Surveying (Mechanical and Electrical)     University of Salford
  BIM and Integrated Design     University of Salford
  MBA     The Open University
  International Marketing Management     Robert Gordon University
  Advanced Dementia Studies     University of Bradford
  Cornish Studies     University of Exeter
  Pain Management     University of South Wales
  Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine     University of Glasgow
  Clinical Leadership and Leading Change in Cardiology     Cardiff University
  Environmental Economics     SOAS, University of London
  Environmental and Human Rights Law     Aberystwyth University
  MBA (Online)     Durham University
  MBA (Masters Conversion)     Northumbria University
  International Development (Poverty, Inequality and Development)     University of Birmingham
  MBA Healthcare Management (Online)     Birmingham City University
  Applied Instrumentation and Control     Glasgow Caledonian University
  Organisation Risk Management     Birmingham City University
  ...     ...


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