Distance Learning at the School of Education

The University of Leicester has over 25 years experience of offering high quality distance learning courses with over 25,000 graduates from these courses. As a major provider of online education, we can combine high quality teaching with a vast choice of subjects and consistent value for money. Our online degrees have been specifically designed to be studied at a distance, giving you the flexibility to study from any location within a structured and supportive framework.

Distance Learning Hub contact details:
Email: css-dl@le.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)116 252 3755

Distance Learning Opportunities

Academics discuss how the Masters courses can benefit you and your career

What is distance learning?

Primarily delivered through online learning, distance education allows you to study in your own time and space so that you can combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments. Studying by distance learning has the benefit of allowing you to develop your career without having to leave employment. It also means you can apply new knowledge and insights into your working life whilst you are still studying. Teaching for our distance learning courses is facilitated through our virtual learning environment Blackboard, which can be accessed online from anywhere in the world.

Why study by distance learning at the School of Education?

  • We are one of the UK's largest providers of distance learning education.
  • Our distance learning courses have been designed to benefit you as an individual and enable you to contribute to the success of your organisation.
  • The courses have been developed with the professional in mind and offer you many opportunities for career enhancement.
  • Our MA International Education is also offered via full-time study. Your campus-based counterparts study exactly the same curriculum and receive exactly the same qualification. The only difference is the mode of study.
  • The School of Education attracts students and academics from all over the world, ensuring a truly global feel and allowing you to become part of an inclusive, diverse and professional international network.
  • The research talents within the School of Education are far-reaching and this research feeds directly into our teaching, allowing you to learn from those currently involved in cutting-edge research in your area of interest.
  • We offer programme discounts for individuals working in our partnership schools, alliances and organisations

PGCert in Effective Middle Leadership


The new and innovative distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Effective Middle Leadership, offered through a collaboration between the Association for School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the University of Leicester.

This yearlong distance learning programme offers participants unique opportunities to work with practitioners in collaboration with learning professionals from ASCL and researchers from the School of Education.

Flexible Study For You

We pride ourselves on the level of support we provide our distance learning students. Our award-winning library has world class facilities for distance learning students.

You will have full access to other University's support services and will be assigned a personal tutor.

The University's virtual learning environment 'Blackboard' offers a wide range of study support material, and you will have the opportunity to join an interactive web-based community of fellow students around the world.

Studying by supported distance learning allows you to choose when and where you study, meaning you do not have to take a career break.

Career Development Service

The Career Development Service provide a full range of support for Distance Learning students with the School of Education.

Whether you are at start of your career, transitioning between careers, or looking for a promotion – the Career Development Service can help.

Within the service there is expertise from qualified careers advisers and former graduate employers who have worked in a range of industries.

For more information visit the Career development service website

Watch the short video below for an introduction to the Career Development Service for Distance Learning students

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