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An online degree is a commitment of your time and effort, but how long does it actually take?

Each online degree course is different and your time commitment will differ, depending on the type of online degree that you choose. At the University of Liverpool we offer a variety of online programmes on three different degree levels; doctorates, master's and postgraduate certificates.

All of our degrees are 100% online which means you can continue to work while you engage in online education – so there is no need to leave your current job or to relocate. You will, though, need to commit some time in your daily and weekly schedule to do the required reading and to complete your assignments.

Our students and graduates often say that finding the time to study can sometimes be a challenge. It is important to get into the habit of setting aside regular study times so that you can fit your learning in around your private and professional commitments. This may call for imaginative solutions!

“I studied in all kinds of different places, from the spare room of my sister's house, to 35,000 feet in the air, and even on tropical islands where I was vacationing. The key was making it a priority no matter where I was or what I was doing. It was relatively easy to fit it into my life, but it took a constant commitment,” says Jason Seth Beckerman, an EdD graduate and International Higher Education Specialist who lives in New York.

How much time will I need to commit?

On the University of Liverpool’s online programmes you will need to allow for 10 to 20 hours of study time a week on average, depending on the level of degree. You can expect the time commitment to be highest for a doctoral degree.

You may need extra time if you are not used to writing in English. You may also need longer at first while you get used to the online classroom and the regular assignments. Bear in mind that each programme is structured around modules of 6-12 weeks each, usually separated by breaks of 1-2 weeks so you do get chance to take a breather between modules.


It takes around 5 years on average to complete an online doctorate with the University of Liverpool.

The University offers two online professional doctoral programmes, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and a Doctor of Education (EdD).

The DBA and the EdD are professional doctorates and research degrees, available 100% online with a residency option involving in-person meetings in Liverpool. They are designed to deepen your professional knowledge and to equip you with advanced research skills and insights that are both directly relevant to your work and supportive of your personal development as a leader.


Completing an online master's degree with the University of Liverpool takes 2.5 years on average.

Our online masters degrees are designed for working professionals who want to move ahead in their career and are offered in a range of subjects: management, health, computer science, law and psychology.

Many of the masters programmes are covered by international accreditation, including the Management School’s AACSB Accreditation, APHEA Accreditation for the online Master of Public Health, and accreditation from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Schedule a sufficient number of hours for your studies, particularly at the beginning or if your native language is not English. As you progress, you may find that you need less time.

Postgraduate certificates

An online postgraduate certificate with the University of Liverpool takes just one year of online study that can fit alongside full-time work. These concise 12-month programmes are designed to provide specialist knowledge and skills that help you move forward professionally.

The University of Liverpool offers online postgraduate certificates in a variety of subjects, including management, business administration, computer science, health, and psychology so you should be able to find a course that aligns with your career goals.

Since every postgraduate certificate follows the first four modules of the corresponding masters degree, you’ll need to schedule the same amount of time as your fellow masters students. But you only have to commit to it for one year.

Find out more about the online programmes offered by the University of Liverpool and see if an online degree could be for you.

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