Benefits of Distance Learning
Our courses have been designed to be studied at a distance, giving you the flexibility to study from any location within a structured and supportive framework, allowing you to combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments.
The University of Leicester is one of the UK's leading research and teaching universities with over 20 years' experience of offering high quality distance learning courses. Over 25,000 students have graduated from our Distance Learning programmes.
We are a major learning provider of distance learning programmes, so we can combine high quality courses with a vast choice of subjects and consistent value for your money.
You will benefit from studying with a University that has a huge amount of experience in distance learning study. We have more than 8,000 students studying by Distance Learning, making it part of our core educational provision.
Self-study is central to Distance Learning. Support however is always available from our distance learning administrative teams at the University.
Our discussion boards on our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, are accessible from any location at any time during your study and will provide you with opportunities to network with your peers and connect with your tutors. Some of our courses also include residential visits and workshops for face-to-face interaction. This will vary from course to course, so please contact your department for further information.
We also encourage students to make use of social networking sites and students are known to set up LinkedIn and Facebook groups.
The University of Leicester Students’ Union is here to support all students during their studies, offering education advice, representation and a chance to meet new people. Distance Learning students go through a unique learning experience, and our Education Unit is here to help every step of the way offering free, impartial and confidential advice about your course.
The Students Union’ also gives you the opportunity to get involved representing your fellow course mates. It’s your voice on campus, wherever you live in the world. To find out more visit www.leicesterunion.com
You will have access to the Library’s comprehensive online catalogue comprising of thousands of electronic journals and 350,000 books. This includes the Leicester Research Archive, a digital collection of research papers and theses from members of the University. As a Leicester student, you will be able to access the online catalogue and download these resources free of charge - wherever you are in the world. In 2012 the University Library won the prestigious Times Higher Education Outstanding Library Team award. You are, of course, welcome to come onto campus and use our Library facilities at any time.
To help in the running of selected courses we have developed a network of agent partners around the world to support you during your studies, some of which will organise local teaching events. Please contact the appropriate Department directly to find out whether there is an agent in your country who deals with the course in which you are interested.
A qualification from the University of Leicester is career changing. It can be the springboard to promotion with your current employer, the platform from which to launch a new career or simply a way to become more effective in your current role.
Studying for a degree gives a clear signal to employers that you are committed to developing your skills and knowledge. Studying by Distance Learning has the benefit of allowing you to develop your career without having to leave employment. It also means that you can apply new knowledge and insights to your working life while you are still studying; many students choose to tackle work-related topics in their dissertations.
And of course, studying for a degree at the University of Leicester is a rewarding and enriching experience that brings about significant personal development.