For students who want to advance their knowledge and career

Learning online is the perfect way to develop your skills, knowledge and employability without taking time away from your professional or life commitments.

The University of Sussex’s online Masters courses are taught 100% online, giving you the opportunity to benefit from Sussex’s expert teaching and courses informed by our internationally renowned research from wherever you are in the world.

As with our on-campus courses, you’ll be taught by internationally recognised academics, researchers and practitioners and study alongside students who are passionate about driving change around the world. Our courses attract a diverse student body, each encouraged to bring their own experiences and knowledge to the classroom to enhance each other’s learning.

As a graduate you’ll not only gain a Master’s from a globally respected UK university, but join a global network of alumni and academics who’ll support you throughout your life and career.

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Virtual Learning Environment

The Virtual Learning Environment, VLE for short, is our digital alternative to the University of Sussex’s campus. It’s a one stop shop where your teaching and learning will take place, lectures and learning materials will be stored, where you’ll interact with fellow students and academics, and find all the information you’ll need about your course.

The platform has been designed specifically for students learning online with Sussex, it’s easy to use, easy to navigate and accessible via your computer, tablet or mobile device 24 hours a day.

Once logged into the VLE, you’ll be able to view real time lectures and seminars, or watch them back, on-demand at a time and place that suits you. All supporting materials for your course are stored in the VLE; research papers, articles, podcasts, suggested readings and viewings, as well as additional learning tools and resources to help you throughout your studies .

We work with a specialist team of course designers to develop our online distance learning courses. With course content specifically designed to be taught via the virtual learning platform. Holding the same academic rigor as our campus courses, but giving you the freedom to study at a time you choose, module structures and content, assessment modes and group work have been developed for a virtual learning mode.

The VLE also provides an online space where you can ‘meet-up’ with your fellow students and academic teams, discuss the course, assignments and support each other through your studies.

It is also where you’ll find information about fees, module and assessment dates, and contact details for our Student Success teams who’ll support you through your studies.

Flexible study to fit around your life and career

One of the key factors we consider when developing our online courses is the flexibility required by our students. As well as all teaching and learning taking place in the virtual environment, allowing you to study when and wherever you like, courses are designed using a carousel module, with modules starting every two months. This means if you need to take a break from your studies at any time, you can simply ‘step-off’ the course and re-join once you have the time to dedicate to your studies again*.

*maximum break time applies to courses.

Join a webinar 

Join one of our regular webinars and take part in a live demo of the Virtual Learning Environment.

We hold webinars every month to give you the opportunity to find out more about studying online with Sussex and our courses. Join our Admissions Team for a live demo of the VLE, explore more about course with the Course and Module Leaders and find out how you’ll be supported as a student studying online with Sussex. 

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