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Online learning provides British universities with an exciting opportunity to offer students from all over the world access to highly sought-after, quality-assured postgraduate certificates, master's and doctoral degrees taught exclusively online.

Some online programmes are offered asynchronously, which means that students are not bound to fixed time lectures but can study at a time that suits them. This type of learning model has proved especially popular with business professionals who can manage their studies alongside personal commitments while continuing to advance their career.

What are the important points to look for when choosing online learning? You could start with these four questions:

Is there an opportunity to build my global network?

In today’s global economy, professionals are encouraged to think beyond their organisation’s current reach and discover best practice on a larger scale. Online learning can give you the opportunity to build your international network and to join your university’s global network of business professionals.

Will I study alone or in a group?

Studying online doesn’t have to be a lonesome pursuit. Some universities offer collaborative learning, group projects, discussion forums, shared activities and peer assessment. This allows you to form new working relationships as you analyse current global issues in a multi-cultural environment.

Do I have to be online at fixed times?

If you want the flexibility that allows you to take control of your study schedule – and even to study while on your commute to work – then look for an online learning model that allows students to study in their own time. Make sure there are no fixed times for lectures or exams.

Will my online degree be valid?

All UK universities are monitored by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). This means that all the degrees they offer – both online and on campus – have to meet certain standards. In addition, you can find out if a university has an international reputation, if it’s a member of the UK’s Russell Group of top, research-led universities. You may also find that the programme you want to study has additional accreditation from a professional body.

Case Study: University of Liverpool Online learning model

The University of Liverpool provides a 100% online learning model which is research-led and highly collaborative, setting it apart from other universities. Some 10,000 people – mostly working professionals – from over 160 countries are currently studying online with the University.

Students have access to the online classroom 24 hours per day and do not have to be online at fixed times. There are no exams but students are continuously assessed throughout their degree programme. Standards are high – you can expect the same academic rigour as you would experience on a campus-based programme.

The programme structure facilitates online learning modules lasting 6-12 weeks with a 1-2 week break in between. Online classrooms are private environments that cater for approximately 18 students providing an intimate learning experience and the opportunity to forge meaningful working relationships.

Throughout the programme, students have access to a comprehensive network of support to assist them in reaching their academic goals and career ambitions.

Here is a selection of resources and support services that are available to you as a University of Liverpool online student:

  • An extensive online library containing relevant peer-reviewed reading materials, video clips, lecture notes and text books
  • Enrolment Advisors who will discuss your goals, guide you through the programme curriculum and application process.
  • Webinar events led by experts in your field followed by Q&A sessions
  • Discussion forums where you can connect with other students outside the classroom
  • Writers Centre – provides personalised advice on how to improve your academic writing style.
  • Student support services – a team of academic advisors on hand to answer your questions
  • Experienced international faculty with world-leading research credentials.

Once you have successfully completed your programme, you have the option of attending the official graduation ceremony in Liverpool. You then join the University’s global network of over 200,000 international alumni.

This alumni network gives you access to international events, lectures and professional development courses, including free online journal access.

Discover what it means to study online with the University of Liverpool:

Find out more about the range of online degree programmes offered by the University of Liverpool and join over 10,000 professionals from around the globe in pursuing your ambitions

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