Biomedical Sciences

Studying online

Studying online allows flexibility in where and when you choose to study and means you can work at your own pace.

How does online learning work?  

Online programmes are delivered through the University's Virtual Learning Environment, LEARN. Our award-winning, online learning technology is fully interactive, and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.  

Our online students not only have access to the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.  

During term time, you should be prepared to spend an average of 20 hours a week engaged in course materials, be that reviewing lecture notes and case studies, interacting with fellow students and the programme team on the discussion board, researching areas of interest or preparing assignments. As there are no set times for study, to be successful you will need to be self-motivated and determined.  

Although the programme involves independent study, you will also have the opportunity to become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from all over the world. Indeed one of the most important aspects to successful online study is the ongoing support and sharing of information achieved through interactive discussions and input from expert tutors.

How will you learn?  

Learning is delivered through:  

  • Weekly materials, written notes, recommended reading, organised discussions with other learners, tutors and course organisers. Recorded lectures or podcasts may also be available for you to watch or listen to in your own time.   
  • Opportunities to connect regularly with your course organiser and programme team to address concerns and monitor progress.   
  • Individual assessments including essays, data presentations, proposals and presentations that will reinforce what you have learnt.   
  • Group assignments and online discussions with your peers will expose you to different perspectives and new ways of thinking about a problem or topic.   
  • Independent study and reflection.  

Student Support and Facilities  

You will have access to online student services including:

  • library resources  
  • well-being and student support services  
  • technical support  
  • study skills support 


It has been challenging combining work and studying but the knowledge that I have gained for the last two years has been tremendous. It has been immense from the tutors in the form of class lectures, to self directed learning and interaction with course peers over online discussions 

Teniola Lawanson, Nigeria


Want to chat to an online student about their experience? 

You can chat online to a current online student and ask your questions about studying online at Edinburgh, in our Unibuddy portal. 

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