FAQs

  • When is the start date for an online programme?

    For most of our programmes, intakes are in September, January and April each year. Please refer to individual programme pages for more information.

  • What are the technical requirements for studying online?

    All you need to participate in our online programmes is a computer and internet access. You don't need experience of studying online as you'll be guided through how to access and use all our online resources.

    Broadband internet connection: 3 mbps or higher

    Our online learning platform, Moodle, is compatible with any standards-compliant desktop or mobile web browser. This includes:

    • Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Safari
    • Edge
    • Internet Explorer
    • MobileSafari
    • Google Chrome

    For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date. https://whatbrowser.org

    JavaScript needs to be enabled within your browser.

    Please note that legacy browsers with known compatibility issues with Moodle 3.3 are:

    • Internet Explorer 10 and below
    • Safari 7 and below

    Computer specifications:

    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Operating system (minimum):
    • Microsoft Windows Vista service pack 1
    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS X v10.4.11+
    • Memory: 3 GB of RAM or more
    • Hard disk: 300 GB
    • Sound card and microphone
    • Speakers or headphones
    • Monitor and video card with 1024x768 display or higher

    Mobile device specifications:

    • iOS: latest (Apple Safari & Google Chrome)
    • Android: 4.4+ with latest Google Chrome

    Other software:

    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Media player (e.g. Windows Media Player or VLC)
    • Word-processing software that outputs to the following file types for marking online: .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, .rtf, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .hwp
    • Anti-virus software

    Advised hardware/software

    • Microsoft Office 2010
    • Headset (ideally with a USB connector)
    • Webcam
  • Is an online degree as good as a campus degree?

    Yes. The degree you are awarded is the same degree that you would get for the equivalent study on campus. It is subject to the same academic scrutiny and quality control.

  • How do I pay for my course? Can I pay in instalments?

    You will be asked to pay your fees when you register. You will need to either pay your fees in full or agree to pay by the approved instalment plan before you can be registered as a student.

  • When is the application deadline?

    For details on when you can apply to our online programmes please visit the programme page. Application deadline dates are displayed in the admissions requirements section.

  • Do I need to visit campus to study the programme?

    No, it is not required, although you are very welcome to use the facilities on campus.

  • How do I access the reading list without visiting the library?

    The reading list is available online.

  • What are the benefits of studying online?

    Our part-time online courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle. They are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments. You can study wherever you live, at a time and pace that suits you.

  • How do you network during an online course?

    Our online learning environment includes tools to help you network, such as group chat rooms and private discussion forums.

  • What is multidisciplinary learning?

    This is when the same topic or subject is studied from the viewpoint of more than one discipline to give you a broader all-round knowledge.

  • Can I study and work at the same time?

    Yes. Our online courses are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments. You can study at a time and pace that suits you.

  • How many study hours a week are recommended?

    We recommend around 20 hours (part time).

  • Will I need to attend a graduation ceremony on campus?

    It's up to you. You can attend an on-campus graduation ceremony or you can take part in a virtual graduation ceremony with our bot, 'Gradley'.

  • Do I need to take an English language test?

    You can find out if you are required to complete an English language test here.

  • What are the English language requirements?

    Please see the programme listing for more information on the English language admissions requirements. Detailed in the relevant section you will find information on the IELTS requirements. If you are unsure what your level of English is, you can take a self-assessment test:

  • Other than an IELTs certificate, what other equivalent qualifications are accepted?

    We also accept ibTOEFL, the Cambridge Certificate of Advance English, the Cambridge Certifiate of Proficiency in English, Peason Test of English or the Trinity Collge Integrated Skills in English.

  • What if my English language qualifications are below the requirements?

    The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of campus-based Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. These are accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching.

  • If my previous degree was undertaken in English, will I still need an English language certificate?

    We do accept an academic qualification equivalent to a UK degree completed in the UK or a UKVI approved 'majority English-speaking country' within the last 5 years.

  • What funding options are available?
    See our section on scholarships and funding.
  • Are there any guidance notes to help me complete my online application?

    The notes below are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately. These guidance notes are also available within the help section of the online application form.

    If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application, you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

    Name and date of birth: Details must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and layout.

    Contact details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address, including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.

    Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select, it is important to consider why you are interested in the course. This needs to be reflected in your application.

    Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and year. Taught online masters degrees tend to begin in September, January or April.

    Education and qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant higher education qualifications, starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the institution as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.

    English language proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).

    Employment and experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all positions of employment relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

    Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible, a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. For certain programmes we may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload, please enter your referee's name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.