A Leicester MSc by Distance Learning

What is Distance Learning? 

Whereas traditional campus-based study requires students to live in, or travel to, Leicester, students on distance learning (DL) courses study at home – from anywhere in the UK or from anywhere in the world. Your learning materials are accessed completely online at any time of the day. Distance learning with the Department of Computer Science means studying in your own time on a part-time basis, so you can combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments. At the end of the course you will have a fully recognised degree, just the same as those awarded to students on campus full-time. The courses will be synchronized with our campus-based courses, so you will get an opportunity to interact with campus-based students while at the same time being able to fit study more easily around your personal circumstances. You will benefit from our proven and tested course content as you will be taught to the same syllabus, but in a way that enables you to fit your study around your personal and professional life.

Postgraduate Distance Learning Courses

 If you already have an undergraduate Degree, or significant professional experience, the next level up is a Masters Degree (usually an MSc), which is typically called a Postgraduate Degree. Our MSc degrees by distance learning are recognised postgraduate qualifications which are studied over 24 months. The courses offered allow you to choose a programme of studies that matches an area in which you want to specialise, a profile suitable to enhance your ongoing career trajectory, or simply your curiosity and interests. Our courses allow you to develop into a highly skilled professional, well versed in advanced methods and tools.   

Our Courses 


Advanced Computer Science PgCert, MSc
Advanced Software Engineering PgCert, MSc
Web Applications and Services PgCert, MSc

Part-time Learning

 For all our postgraduate distance learning courses, we offer you the opportunity to study at Masters (MSc) or Postgraduate Certtificate (PgCert) level.

  • The Postgraduate Certificate version of our courses consist of four taught modules and is completed in 12 months.
  • The Masters Degree consists of the six taught modules and the dissertation/individual project and can be completed in 24 months.

Postgraduate LevelTime TakenProgramme Content
Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) 12 months Four modules
Masters Degree (MSc) 24 months Six modules and the dissertation
Single module for Continued Professional Development (CPD)* 4 months One module

*If your interests or needs are very specific, or if you are not sure whether distance learning study is right for you, there is  the option to study any of our individual modules leading to a certificate of completion. Please note that the alumni discount scheme is not available for CPD modules.

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Admissions Enquiries:
BSc: +44 (0) 116 252 5280
MSc: +44 (0) 116 252 2265
E: BSc  seadmissions@le.ac.uk
E: MSc  pgadmissions@le.ac.uk

Departmental Enquiries:
T: +44 (0) 116 252 2129/3887
F: +44 (0) 116 252 3604
E: csadmin@mcs.le.ac.uk

Dept of Informatics
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom


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