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Distance Learning at Northumbria - Ways We'll Help You to Succeed

Read more about how we strive to give you the best learning experience possible.

If you've never studied an online university degree before, enrolling on a distance learning Masters may seem like a big step to take.

But at Northumbria University, we strive to make it as easy as possible for you to study, and transform your prospects, online.

Here are just some of the ways that we’re doing this...


1) We offer a range of eLearning resources, 24/7

As a student on one of our postgraduate distance learning courses, you’ll access your learning through Blackboard Ultra, our eLearning portal. The platform can be used on a number of devices and provides 24/7 access to academic materials and study tools – from online readings and videos to discussion boards and advice and support services.

You’ll also use it to complete regular assessments, tests and quizzes to help monitor your progress.

Plus, despite being based at home, you’ll have access to many of the resources that our students here do, including our research hubs and University Library Services. And, if you’re near enough to do so, you are always very welcome to visit the University and use our facilities.



2) Our courses are designed to be flexible

Not only can you study whenever and wherever it suits you, our online Masters courses are structured to help you balance your learning with existing work and life commitments. Most are taught over two to four years, depending on the pace you'd like to go, and we've worked to ensure they offer as much flexibility as possible. If you need to take a break in your studies, for whatever reason, we'll work with you to make it possible.



3) We build strong, online communities

When you enrol on an online degree with us, you won't be studying in isolation but will join a vibrant, global student community. You’ll regularly collaborate with your fellow students meaning you’ll have plenty of opportunities to share experiences, impart knowledge and build your professional network. Most of our courses also offer the chance to interact with your tutors during live sessions and discussions.



4) We provide support at every step

Being based off campus, doesn’t mean you won’t have access to quality student support. Our online Student Portal offers a single digital resource on which you can access interactive support services, self-service tasks and advice. In addition, our 24/7 frontline service, Ask4Help, is available on the web, by phone and email.

Add to this the guidance you'll get from our dedicated distance learning support teams - such as our Student Success Team - and your module tutors, programme leads, departmental representatives and beyond, and you can be sure that help will always be on hand.

Learn more about the services available on our Student Support web pages.


For more information about distance learning at Northumbria click here.

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