Online degrees can be equal in status and standing to qualifications gained on-campus – but you should check their validity and accreditation.
When you choose an online university programme it’s important to know that the university is reputable and that your online degree will be globally recognised. That’s why the right accreditation is crucial.
Accreditation that validates an online or campus-based university and the online degree programmes it offers, assures you that your learning will meet certain high standards.
As a minimum, in the UK, degrees can only be awarded by authorised bodies. If an online university isn’t officially recognised, your degree may not be recognised in the workplace.
As a professional you should seek to study online with a university that is of a very high standard and acknowledged as such by highly reputable bodies. This will ensure that your online degree is recognised, and therefore valuable, in the job market.
Here are some points to look out for to make sure that your online university degree programme meets recognised standards:
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education monitors and safeguards standards in UK higher education.
The Russell Group is a collection of 24 of the UK’s leading universities. They represent the best teaching, research and learning, as well as having excellent links with business and the public sector.
AACSB provides internationally recognised quality standards for campus-based and online business degrees, including online MBA programmes. It accredits the top 5% of business schools worldwide and its standards focus on excellence and continuous improvement.
Find out how the university you choose ranks in lists compiled by reputable publications or professional bodies. This can give you an idea of its standing in the global job market.
As well as university accreditation, some online degrees have specific accreditation:
The Research Excellence Framework assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
The University of Liverpool is a redbrick UK Russell Group university that offers fully online postgraduate degrees with the same standing as degrees awarded to graduates who study on campus.