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Online and distance learning


Online and distance learning

I liked the idea of being able to log in and study at times to suit my lifestyle, while retaining a structured learning framework.

Alison, Online Masters in Public Management

We have a range of distance learning courses that offer an innovative and flexible approach to study.

These courses deliver all the hallmarks of a York education to students who need to study at a distance because of geographical location, work or personal commitments. They reflect York's commitment to quality, relevance and student support and enable you to be a full member of the York community.

Most of the courses are designed to meet professional development needs, and reflect the benefits of online learning in this context.

Our distinctive approach to distance learning is based on:

  • Interaction. The programmes harness the experience that participants bring and provide an international, collaborative learning community spanning organisations, sectors and countries
  • Rich learning resources. As well as the specially-developed course materials, you will have full access to the University's extensive e-Library
  • Support. Like all our students, you will receive extensive personal academic and pastoral support. Our programmes offer expert supervision, module tutors, personal pastoral care and friendly contact points for day to day advice.


Access to resources

All Distance Learning students are provided with:

  • 24 hour access to the University of York's extensive online library which gives access to hundreds of journals, articles and publications. See our Library services for distance learners
  • A York email account
  • Supporting course materials which are (in many cases), posted directly to students

For those students studying online, courses are housed on a secure web-based 'Virtual Learning Environment', accessible from any location with an internet connection.

Whilst studying online provides for greater flexibility, it is equally intensive and as academically rigorous as traditional means of study.

The biggest benefit of studying by Distance Learning is the flexible method of study - combining further study with a busy job, family and social life can be challenging at times. As a result, the Distance Learning study programmes at York have been designed to provide a high level of personal and academic support; ensuring students continue to feel motivated as they move through the programme.

The programmes of study offer students the opportunity to enhance their careers through personal and professional development whilst they maintain their current employment.

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