Distance learning

Study from anywhere in the world with practitioners in government, civil society and the private sector, as well as with people new to development.

Masters degrees (MSc) by distance learning:

International Development

Development Management

Public Administration

Both of these courses take a minimum of two years to complete, 18 months for the six taught modules and six months for the dissertation.

If students wish to take longer on the programme, they can move into a later intake or they can take longer on the dissertation. The course must be completed within four years.

More information about studying distance learning within the international Development Department.

PhD by distance learning:

Our distance learning MPhil and PhD degrees offer the opportunity to pursue original research under the guidance of an academic supervisor in a more convenient manner for those unable to live and work on campus on a regular basis.  Applications to study for research degrees on a part-time basis are welcomed.


Fees and funding

For entry in September, fees are:

Masters degrees by distance learning

Distance learning 2017-18
  Full time Part time
MSc programme fee £11,790 £5,895
PG Diploma programme fee £7,860 £3,930
PG Certificate programme fee £3,930
Distance learning 2015-16
  Fee
MSc programme fee £11,070
PGDip programme fee £7,380
Single module fee £1,180

If a candidate is offered a place on the programme, we do request a £500 non-refundable deposit (which is discounted against the payment for the first assessed module) in order to secure the place on the programme.

For our distance learning programmes, we do not distinguish between UK/EU and international studies. There is no deferential fee.

PhDs by distance learning

PhD by distance learning 2016-17
Fee band Part time
Home/EU students £2,055
Overseas students (Band D) £6,840

Distance learning modules

We offer a wide range of Distance learning modules in the School of Government and Society.

Masters degree distance learning modules:


The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.