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Online study

Why study online?

Online study provides a flexible approach to education, enabling you to enhance your career without interrupting it. In a world where we only seem to get busier and career progression is only one of the many plates we spin, online study answers the call of those with personal commitments and professionals like you looking to upskill without taking a pause.

Our online programmes are of equal value to our on-campus qualifications and every bit as academically challenging. They offer flexibility to students with established careers as well as entrepreneurs looking to enhance their leadership skills while also growing their business.

Learn at your own pace 

We understand that juggling personal and work commitments with online study can be a challenge. That’s why we put you in the driving seat; you create a schedule that enables you to study alongside continuing to achieve your professional goals. 

For our Masters programmes, we offer three start dates throughout the year, and the option to interrupt your study if you need to, as long as you complete your studies within five years. Our programmes are 100% online and include materials specifically designed for the online learner, including videos, podcasts and other materials. This means that you can access your course materials at a time and place that suits you. 

Enhance your career

Studying with us not only offers outstanding opportunities for career development, but also the chance to tap into a worldwide peer and business network. 

As a graduate from the University of Exeter, you will be joining a community of more than 140,000 alumni from 183 countries across the world. Our alumni are looked after by our Alumni team who offer a wide range of support and resources, details of which can be found on our alumni office webpage. As well as the resources offered by the Alumni team, you will also have access to the resources from the Career Zone forever through our Exeter Forever scheme. 

Additionally, learning in a virtual environment both enhances and demonstrates vital skills that employers are seeking in the modern workplace. These include communication and time management skills, the ability to self-motivate, and the confidence to work effectively within professional digital environments. 

Your learning will take place online in our all-encompassing Exeter Learning Environment (ELE). This includes: 

  • Teaching materials – as written, recorded, or animated content 
  • Related discussions in which to engage with your peers 
  • Quizzes to check your understanding    
  • Access to electronic books 

There are no scheduled lectures or exams. Throughout each module you will be expected to contribute to the development of a collaborative learning experience. This means keeping up to date and actively participating in the weekly discussion activities that are supported and facilitated by your tutor. 

Each module will be divided up into weekly sections so you can see what work you should aim to get through on a weekly basis. We’ve built in time for preparation and submission of any assessments you have and then time for you to get feedback on those before you progress onto the next module. 

You should expect to be engaging in structured learning activities for 10-15 hours per week on average (please visit the programme page for specific details), plus additional time spent on self-directed learning (such as further reading or preparing for assessments).  

Interaction is key to sustaining and building all relationships and a key motivator too. Online learning can be a very rewarding and satisfying experience.

You get out of relationships what you put in – online learning is no exception to this. The people at Exeter gave me the feeling that they were without exception, deeply committed to their side of this relationship.

Read more from Joanna


Online Masters student

As a Russell Group member, the University of Exeter represents one of the best universities in the United Kingdom.

The online programme additionally enabled me to continue doing my job in Munich, and therefore, to put the theoretical knowledge gained throughout the course into practice. 

Read more from Max


Online Masters student