Benefits of Online Learning

Learning fully online means you can balance your studies with your personal commitments. By embracing this flexible approach, you can enhance your current career, transition into a new industry, or fulfil your passion, all at a time and place that suits you.

5 Benefits of Learning Online with the University of Leeds

1. Our Virtual Learning Environment Makes Studying Online Simple

Our online platform, Minerva, has been designed by a team of experts to ensure your online learning experience is of the highest quality and prepares you for success.

You’ll have all the resources you need at your fingertips, without having to step into a lecture hall. With 24/7 access to our online programme, you’ll be able to learn wherever, whenever. All you need is a laptop, phone or tablet and a Wi-Fi connection.

With Minerva, you’ll have access to:

  • In-course communication tools, such as discussion forums and announcements, to facilitate collaboration with peers and module tutors across the globe with ease.
  • Online advice and support services for Minerva.
  • Tools to help self-monitor progress.
  • Tools to submit assessments and receive feedback via Minerva from module tutors during office working hours.

2. Study Your Way

Our fully online courses are taught part-time, meaning you can gain a career-boosting qualification that fits around your existing commitments. You’ll study at a time and pace that suits you, and because you won’t need to take a career break, you can continue to earn while you learn.

We’re proud that our flexible courses make learning more accessible. Other benefits of our postgraduate courses include:

  • A choice of six start dates throughout the year.
  • The option to take a study break if you need to.

For more information, please visit our individual course pages where you’ll find specific details on start dates, course length and recommended study hours per week.

3. Build A Global Network

Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) has been designed to empower you in establishing a diverse and interconnected community of professionals who share similar interests. Through our platform, you will be able to make new connections with your peers, engage in vibrant discussions through forums, and expand your network on a global scale. Moreover, each module has been designed to seamlessly integrate group activities, fostering an interactive and collaborative online learning experience.

4. Enhance Your Skills and Boost Your Employability

By being a part of our global student network, you’ll have a wealth of opportunities to cultivate vital theoretical and practical skills. You’ll become adept in skills such as online collaboration, cross-cultural communication, and virtual leadership. Throughout your journey, you will actively engage with geographically diverse teams, leveraging the power of digital communication tools to undertake collaborative projects, thus gaining invaluable hands-on experience in global teamwork. Moreover, as you study and work in real-time, you can directly apply the skills you learn to your career.

5. Support at Every Step

Our online students receive the same level of support as our on-campus students. From enrolment through to graduation you’ll benefit from a support network committed to helping you succeed.

You will be assigned a dedicated Student Success Advisor to assist you on a practical level to progress and succeed in your studies, providing services such as:

  • Connecting you to specialist services.
  • Pastoral Support.
  • Navigating around the learning platform.
  • Assessment deadline reminders.
  • Access to careers and employability advice.
  • Enrolment and progress to the next module.
  • Fee payment.
  • Interruption to study.
  • IT support.

You’ll also receive support from module tutors, who are experts in teaching. They can support you with:

  • Academic advice.
  • Academic progression.
  • Assessment queries and advice.
  • Module content queries.
  • Academic concerns and grievances.
  • Further reading suggestions.
  • Course material.
  • Formative feedback to check on your learning.

Find out more about our courses

For a full list of our programmes, visit our online courses page.

Online postgraduate courses - University of Leeds