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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. Online study provides the ultimate flexibility to dictate not just when you study, but what you study meaning you can tailor your programme to meet your needs.

Our online programmes will take between 2-5 years to complete.

Our modules are designed to stand alone rather than progress in a certain order, meaning that if life gets in the way, you can take a break and join your next module the following term. 

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

The content of your programme will be available at any time via our learning platform called ELE, for you to work through at your own pace at a time that suits you. Should a programme offer an online meeting or seminar, there will be a selection of times available or attendance will not be mandatory.

There will be the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony.

If studying an online masters or standalone 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 Colleges’ webpages to find out more about the department you’ll be studying in.

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 programmes 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 programmes are 100% online, which means that you can access your course materials whenever and wherever you are. There may be some opportunity to attend online seminars and meetings with your tutors and other students. Some programmes 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 programme description on our webpages, with any additional costs stated. That said, as a student of the University of Exeter, our campus facilities are open to you to use at any time.

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. You will be supported by our Education Support Services, Wellbeing & Welfare Services as well as Academic support from your module tutor as well as support for IT or employability advice. You will also have a dedicated Student Support Officer who will be your point of contact for advice and guidance. For more information, visit our Services for online students.

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.


You can find out how to apply to our online masters or standalone module on our ‘how to apply’ pages. Different courses or modules may have different application requirements so it’s important to review and complete the online application with as much information as possible so that our admissions team can review your application fully.

No, there is no fee to submit an application via our online portal and you are able to apply for multiple postgraduate programmes using this system.

There is a range of things that we ask for in the application, such as personal details, previous study information, and a personal statement. You can start your application via the online portal and save your progress as you go through the application, meaning that you can come back to it as you need to. It’s good to prepare before working on your application such as by gathering documents (like previous degree certificates and transcripts) as well as drafting your personal statement.

Yes. However, we may make you a conditional offer to join the programme based on the outcome of your bachelors degree. In this case, we would need to see your final transcript with degree outcome at least two weeks before the start of the programme.

Once we have shared our offer with you, you need to accept your place on the programme. This can be done via our applicant portal (Your Gateway). It is really important that you do this as, without officially accepting your place, you won’t be able to register. If you receive a conditional offer, you must share evidence that you have met these conditions as soon as possible. Without this being demonstrated you will not be able to register. You can share supporting documentation with us via Your Gateway.

Fees and funding

The fee for your chosen course or module is shown at the top of the course page. This shows the total amount it will cost if you complete the degree if you take 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.

There may be a difference in price for home and international students for some of our online Masters courses, so please check the individual course you’re interested in for details.

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.

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 the Admissions application gateway, access to learning material will be provided prior to receipt of payment.