Postgraduate online learning

Benefits of online learning

Online learning is extremely flexible allowing you to study conveniently around your busy schedule. The majority of our students are also working while they study online with us.

Flexible study schedule

You choose when and where you study and there is no fixed schedule. Read textbooks, watch lectures and contribute to discussions at times and locations that suit you.

Flexible study

Career enhancement

Studying at masters level can lift your career to the next level, whether that be to help you stand out from the crowd or to transition to a new career.

How an online masters can support your career development

Equal degree to on-campus masters

Our online programmes are academically equivalent to on-campus degrees and involve the same level of work overall. The qualification you get is of equal value, and your degree certificate will not mention that you studied the programme online. You will be taught by lecturers and tutors who are among the leading figures in their field and passionate about their subjects. 

Collaborative experience

Studying online is not an isolated experience. You will have very regular contact with students from around the world and our academic staff here in Edinburgh. Our online environment is designed to support and encourage collaborative learning. 

Study collaboratively, not alone  

Study from anywhere

You can study with us from anywhere in the world, there is no need to come to Edinburgh.  We currently have 3,500 students from more than 170 different countries enrolled in online learning programmes at the University of Edinburgh.

Access to support services

You have access to the same support services as on-campus students, with more than 800,000 e-books and e-journals available in the library, access to careers consultants, as well as IT and academic support services, too.

You also are entitled to install up to 5 copies of Microsoft Office software on personal computers and devices for as long as you are a student with the University.

Support services available to students studying online

Is online learning for me?

Learn more about how our online degrees work, and try a free short course to see what the right programme for you is.

Is online learning for me?