Online Distance Learning

IDEA Centre

If you are looking for a course that will give you flexibility, high quality teaching and carefully tailored resources, we can provide it. Our courses are created and maintained by online distance learning specialists, with uniquely designed online materials, in order to provide interactive online study from a leading university that you can access anywhere.

Who is it for? 

We welcome students from all stages in their academic or professional life. Our online distance learning programmes are of particular interest to the following demographics:

International students: students can study from anywhere in the world, no visa necessary. There's no need to attend Leeds at any point during the course, although there will be opportunities to meet other students for those able and willing to travel.

Working professionals: our MA and PGDip courses are available part-time and full-time, and are designed specifically for students to study in their own time. As a result, our courses are easily fitted around careers and other responsibilities.

What are the benefits?

Accessibility: Students gain a Russell Group qualification from anywhere with internet access.

Interactivity: students have constant interaction with other students and teaching staff.

Flexibility: here are no lectures or seminars, and no times at which students have to be online.

Resources: Students have access to high quality electronic resources, such as journals and e-books, through the University of Leeds Library Catalogue.

How does it work?

Course materials: students have access to high-quality interactive course materials, designed specifically for online teaching. Each module provides readings, supplements and exercises that are available entirely online, via the University of Leeds' virtual learning environment Minerva.

Online forums: at the end of each module there is a webinar, which gives students an opportunity to discuss issues in person with each other and the tutor. Students also participate in structured online forums, which are intended to produce the debate and discussion that are vital for successfully studying ethics. These online discussions are facilitated by the module tutors.

Assessment: modules are assessed with essays, course participation of the online forums and occasional group work. Each assignment is submitted electronically, and there is no need to attend Leeds at any point, for assessment or otherwise.  

Staff and student interaction: although students work independently through the course materials, you are encouraged to debate with students and teaching staff via the online forums. Teaching staff are also available to respond to students' queries by email. Each student is given a personal tutor and a dissertation supervisor with whom they can speak to via phone or Skype.

Specialist support: the IDEA Centre has a dedicated Online Distance Learning Officer who is able to help students with any technical problems, assessment worries or administrative issues.

Extra resources: our students also have access to online resources provided through the University of Leeds Library Catalogue. This catalogue provides access to online books, journals and other web resources.

Why should I apply?

At the IDEA Centre, our Online Distance Learning specialists work hard to provide an excellent student experience. The student feedback we receive reflects these efforts.

"The content and delivery of the MA materials are superb, with reading and reflective questions that foster engagement and create opportunities to see the relevance to one's own professional field."

Rob Baker, MA Applied & Professional Ethics

"I studied online and thought it was great because the instructors were very responsive, the content was excellent and it was very challenging."

Gary Rubin, MA Applied & Professional Ethics

You can find out more student feedback on our online distance learning programmes on our Alumni page.