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Online study frequently asked questions

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General FAQs

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 business professionals like you looking to upskill without taking a pause.

Yes, we encourage applications from students around the world to study our courses.

The content of your course will be available at any time via our learning platform called Exeter Learning Environment (ELE), for you to work through at your own pace at a time that suits you. Should a course offer an online meeting or seminar, there will either be a selection of times available, or attendance will be non-mandatory, therefore, there will be no detriment to a student’s success on the course.

There will be the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony.

If studying an online course or individual module interests you, do reach out to us via our contact us webform to find out more and ask any questions you may have. You may also wish to explore our Faculty webpages to find out more about the department you’ll be studying in.

It is sometimes possible to change programmes. If the programme you wish to change to is within the same discipline please contact Admissions via the online form, providing us with details of the programme you wish to be considered for.

If you are wishing to apply to a programme that is in a different discipline, you will need to submit a new application via the applicant portal Your Gateway.

Online learning

All your learning will be accessed online in our all-encompassing Exeter Learning Environment (ELE), including:

  • Teaching materials – as written, recorded, or animated content
  • Quizzes to check your learning and understanding
  • Videos, podcasts, articles to read
  • Access to electronic books

Your learning will be divided up into a weekly schedule 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 decide to sign up and pay for your next module.

Your learning will be divided up into a weekly schedule so you can see what work you should aim to get through on a weekly basis. Our online courses put you in the driving seat so that you can create a schedule that enables you to study alongside continuing to achieve your professional goals.

Our courses are 100% online and include learning materials specifically designed for the online student, including videos, podcasts and other materials, which means that you can access your course materials whenever and wherever you are. Depending on the course, there may be some opportunity to attend online seminars and meetings with your tutors and other students.

Some courses may offer the chance to come on campus for a workshop or similar, but this would not be mandatory, and an online equivalent may be arranged – this would also be clearly stated in the course description on our webpages, with any additional costs stated.

At the University of Exeter, we are dedicated to making your online education experience as smooth as possible, so that you can achieve your full potential. First and foremost, you will have a dedicated Student Support Advisor who will be your point of contact for advice and guidance and academic support from your module tutor. Additionally, you will be supported by Wellbeing and Welfare Services, IT and an employability team for career support and advice. For more information, visit our services for online students webpage.

To study with the University of Exeter and benefit from the full digital experience, you will need access to a computer with speaker and webcam, as well as reliable internet with a decent download speed. You will also need basic IT literacy of programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, for which we provide licences.

For further recommendations that will enhance your studies, visit our IT requirements and support page.

Fees and funding

The fee for your chosen course is shown at the top of the course page.

For our Masters courses the fee shows the total amount it will cost if you complete the degree in the minimum time of two years. If you take longer than two years, for example, because you take one or more breaks between modules, the total fee you pay may increase slightly due to inflation.

A deposit may be required, please check the individual course page.

To make it easier to budget, you don’t need to pay the total fee upfront. Instead, you can pay for each module as you are about to start studying it. You can pay for the whole year if you prefer, but the minimum payment is at least the cost of the module(s) you are taking that term.

You will need your 9-digit Exeter Student Number, your Date of Birth and Full Name. Details of how to pay can be found on our  Make a Payment pages

If you are in receipt of a Postgraduate Loan, you will need to activate your IT account and submit a SID enquiry under ‘Online Programmes Funding Evidence’ to provide a copy of your payment schedule.

If your application for a scholarship was successful, it will be automatically deducted from your tuition fees upon enrolment.

Once your payment has reached Admissions, your status will be updated and an email confirmation sent. You will be able to view this on Your Gateway. 

PLEASE NOTE – it can take up to 10 working days after a payment is made for your admission status to be updated. 

We understand that some applicants may be awaiting the approval of a postgraduate loan to pay for their course. In these circumstances and if evidence is provided through a SID enquiry, access to learning material will be provided prior to receipt of payment.