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Online learning

Study at a time and place that suits you with an online course from the University of Birmingham. Online learning provides you with the flexibility to study from wherever you are in the world and at your own pace, allowing you to fit your learning around your other commitments.

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What is online learning?

Online learning, sometimes called Distance Learning, is a flexible approach to studying at the University of Birmingham. If you have commitments that don't allow you study via the standard on-campus mode, or if you simply prefer online learning, then an online course may be for you. We offer a range of online programmes including Masters, PhD's and Short Courses.

Studying online gives me the benefit of developing my career without having to leave my responsibilities of managing my own company. It has helped me as a person and it has helped my business. For every module I have studied, I have done something to improve my business.

Florence Britton, Online MBA Graduate

Why study online?

Online and distance learning presents a modern and more flexible learning alternative for career professionals around the world. Accessible across multiple devices wherever you are, our online learning platform allows you to study while maintaining control over daily schedules in a way that goes beyond that of an on-campus degree programme.

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Supporting your studies

Online learning students can expect the same level of support as a campus based student. Students will benefit from experienced academic staff, tutors, support staff and our wellbeing resource, which includes 24-hour online support through UBHeard. Students also have access to our Careers Network teams, which help to prepare them with the skills they need for life after graudation.