Online and distance learning courses

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Key benefits

  • Flexible study anywhere in the world
  • Recognised qualifications from a leading international University
  • Personal academic support throughout your studies

Further information

Full course list


PGDip in Astronomy

 For home astronomers: an opportunity to gain a formal postgraduate qualification in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Church history and heritage

PGDip in Parish Church Studies: Heritage, History and Fabric

 A unique opportunity to gain detailed and practical knowledge of the history, use, care and conservation of parish churches.

Computer science

PhD Computer Science

The Department's distance learning PhD is a three-year full-time or six-year part-time course. Our students produce internationally recognised research as part of our top-rated research groups.

Creative writing

PGDip Creative Writing

A highly-interactive series of credit-bearing modules, exploring both creative writing, and literary theory, and encompassing the writing of fiction, scripts and poetry.

University Certificate in Creative Writing

An exciting opportunity for flexible, part-time study at the University of York.

Economics postgraduate summer session

Postgraduate summer session in microeconomics and quantitative methods

 For prospective students of postgraduate programmes in economics and those wanting to enhance their skills in microeconomics and quantitative methods.

English teaching

MA Teaching English to Young Learners

Designed for teaching professionals or those working with children to develop a deep understanding of English language education.


PGDip in the Geology of Yorkshire and Northern England

Obtain a regional geological understanding with which to interpret larger-scale Earth processes and structures.

Health economics

PGCert / PGDip Health Economics for Health Care Professionals

Develop your knowledge of the basic principles and tools of health economics to apply them and understand their impact in the workplace.

MSc Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment

Further your knowledge and understanding of basic and advanced issues in the economic evaluation of health technology assessment through high quality training in relevant theoretical and practical issues.

Health sciences and health professions/medical education

MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Health Professions Education (Hull York Medical School)

Designed to meet your needs as educators in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and other health professions. The overall aim of the course is to enable you to develop practical capabilities in critical, reflective understanding of learning and teaching in clinical practice.

Human rights and humanitarian studies

MSc International Humanitarian Affairs

Developing your capacity to understand and respond strategically to humanitarian needs in complex operational contexts, reflect critically on contemporary humanitarian issues and challenges at the headquarter and field levels, and design evidence-based policy.

PGCert Defending Human Rights

For human rights defenders and other activists, offering you the knowledge and practical skills needed for effective human rights work under challenging circumstances.

International development

PGCert / PGDip / MPA Public Administration - International Development

Improve your capacity to influence, contribute to or lead the international development agenda at local, national or international levels.

Mathematical finance

MSc Mathematical Finance

Rigorous training in mathematical and computational techniques relevant to practitioners in the modern quantitative finance industry, in particular managing investment and risk.

Non-credit bearing Lifelong learning online

Non-credit bearing Lifelong Learning online  

The Lifelong Learning Centre offers a number of learning for pleasure and undergraduate distance learning courses.

Public policy and public management

MA Social and Public Policy

Understand better how social policies are made by exploring the interplay between decision-making on the national level with global and transnational forces.

PGCert / PGDip / MA Public Policy and Management

Focusing on how the policy process and delivery of services are linked, develop your understanding of how policy is made, implemented and evaluated, and the key issues of managing public services.

PGCert Policy, Management and Governance

Provides a conceptual framework for understanding public service delivery, within which your professional experience can be reflected upon and considered. 

PGCert / PGDip / Masters of Public Administration (MPA)

Reflecting the current public service modernisation agenda, enhance your capacity to manage, lead, change and improve public services.

PGCert Public Management in the Information Age

Offering a conceptual framework to understanding the relationship between ICTs, public service organisations and the management of change.

PGCert Delivery and Strategy for Public Services

CPD for public service managers, gain a deeper understanding of how organisations interpret and respond to fast changing external environments, learn and adapt to deliver efficient services.


Railway studies

PGDip in Railway Studies

Gain an understanding of how academics have investigated the social, cultural, political, business, economic, and technological aspects of British railway history between 1825 and 2002.



  • CPD: Continuing Professional Development
  • PGCert: Postgraduate Certificate
  • PGDip: Postgraduate Diploma
  • MA: Master of Art
  • MPA: Master of Public Administration
  • MSc: Master of Science