The University of Birmingham has become the first European institution to partner the US publishing giant Wiley, marking a step-change in the provision of distance and online learning in the UK.

This bold alliance underlines the University’s pioneering approach to distance learning and marks a significant shift in the provision of new modes of education in the UK.

Professional development

Three new Masters programmes are being developed that will offer those seeking professional development the same quality learning experience and qualifications they would expect from a full-time course at the University of Birmingham, but with flexibility to learn online anywhere in the world.

The initial set of courses on offer will include a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) that will carry Birmingham Business School’s Triple Crown accreditation.

At the time of the announcement, Stephen Smith, then President and Chief Executive Officer of Wiley, said: 'It is a tremendous opportunity to partner with a prestigious Russell Group institution and help to expand its brand and programmes to new markets through high-quality distance learning experiences.'

The University of Birmingham is already one of the largest providers of Distance and Blended learning programmes in the UK. It offers a broad range of post-qualification teacher training (through the School of Education) and economic development (through the International Development Department), as well as an innovative distance learning PhD programme across all areas of Arts and Law. The University’s Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) is a leading partner in an international consortium delivering national senior leadership programmes on behalf of the NHS, and the University has launched a successful Masters in Advanced General Dental Practice by distance learning. Birmingham was also one of the founding partners in the FutureLearn platform.

The three new Masters programmes were launched in September.