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1. Our Virtual Learning Environment makes online study easy and engaging

We worked with course developers and design specialists to create a truly accessible, intuitive and engaging Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Forget commuting to campus and vying for a seat in a busy lecture hall; the VLE brings the University to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. All you need is a laptop, phone or tablet and a WiFi connection.

Think of the platform as a one-stop-shop where:

  • all your teaching and learning takes place
  • you can view live lectures and seminars, or watch them back on-demand
  • you’ll interact with fellow students and academic advisors
  • you’ll find all the information you need about your course.

Find further information about the VLE and a video preview here.

2. You can study alongside work and other commitments

Our online courses provide the flexibility you need to fit your studies around your life and career.

They are all taught part-time, meaning you get to choose exactly when you study – whether that’s after work in the evenings, in-between care-giving duties during the day, or whenever you have spare time at the weekend.

Although we offer live seminars with your peers and tutors, you can catch up on the recordings of these at a time that’s more convenient for you.

Other flexible features of our Masters courses in particular include:

  • a choice of six start dates throughout the year
  • the option to complete the course in two years or up to four – the option to step off the course (e.g., if you have a particularly busy time at work coming up) and resume your studies again at a more suitable time.

For further information, visit the individual course pages where you’ll find specific details on start dates, course length and recommended study hours per week.
You can also register your interest via the form on the course pages and a member of our Enrolment Team will be in touch to answer your questions.

3. You’ll make professional connections with international students

One of the major benefits of online study is the diverse global cohort it attracts.

Since launching our online courses in March 2018, students have joined us from over 100 countries worldwide, and each have brought valuable perspectives, insights and case studies from their regions.

Through group projects, live sessions and discussion forums, you’ll get the opportunity to work closely with international students, learn from their experiences, and make professional connections that could serve you throughout the course and beyond graduation.

“Online learning has allowed me to network with peers and professors from around the world – embracing different views, different stories, and different opinions.”

-Michelle Kawa, Corruption and Governance MA (online) student

4. You’ll boost your career prospects and earning potential

The latest data on the UK graduate labour market shows that postgraduates are over 10% more likely to be in highly skilled jobs than regular graduates and earn £6,000 more a year on average.

In today’s fiercely competitive jobs market, having a highly respected qualification like a Masters or PG Cert can give you the edge over other applicants. It signals to employers that you are a safe pair of hands with specialist knowledge and contemporary skills.

Academically, there is no difference between our online and on-campus courses; both are taught by our world-leading academics, both require the same level of work, and the qualification you get is of equal value.

Of course, because you can study our online, part-time courses alongside full-time work, you can also apply your learnings in your role right away.

This offers a valuable opportunity to introduce new efficiencies and best practices into your organisation, demonstrate your expertise to employers, and boost your eligibility for promotion into senior positions.

5. You’ll get one-on-one support throughout your studies

Our online learners receive the same level of attention and student support as those on campus students.

From the moment you enrol to the moment you graduate, you’ll have access to the following student support services:

  • our Student Success Team who will be your main point of contact for all non-academic queries, helping you with anything from navigating the VLE to reminding you of assessment deadlines and module start dates
  • the academic team via live interactive sessions and email
  • wider university services including specialist IT and Library support, careers advice and Study Skills sessions, and our Health, Wellbeing and Counselling service.

Find full details of the student support services we provide.

Hear from our online students

Our flexible online courses make further education possible for busy people around the world juggling full-time work, care giving and other important commitments.

But don’t just take our word for it. Hear from our inspiring online students and get a true sense of their distance learning journey with Sussex in the video below.

Check out our online courses

For a full list of our online Masters, PG Cert and CPD programmes, visit the online courses page.