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

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 2020-21

  • MSc programme fee (six 20 credit modules plus dissertation) £13,050
  • PG Diploma programme fee (six 20 credit modules and no dissertation) £8,700
  • Module fee (20 credits) £1,450
  • Dissertation fee (60 credits) £4,350

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

PhDs by distance learning

PhD by Distance Learning 2021-22

Home students

  • Full-time £4,500
  • Part-time £2,250

International students (Band D)

  • Full-time £18,450

Distance learning modules

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

Masters degree distance learning modules:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.