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Many professionals are turning to online learning as a way of gaining their qualifications while they continue to work. Studying online can offer you greater flexibility, making it easier for you to study without disrupting your personal and professional life.

Depending on the programme and institution, online learning may consist of synchronous (live) sessions that you need to be available for or asynchronous (non-live) sessions that you can access when it suits you. In most cases you’ll be set weekly assignments and receive regular feedback from faculty.

What’s required from you?

Studying online for a degree is a serious undertaking and not something to be considered lightly. It requires:

  • A high degree of commitment
  • Your time! (At least 20 hours a week for a master's degree with the University of Liverpool)
  • Time management skills and self-motivation
  • Active participation in discussions
  • Sustained engagement over the full duration of your degree programme

Studying online with the University of Liverpool

If you choose to study online with the University of Liverpool you can expect flexibility within a framework – our courses are asynchronous so you can choose when and where to study, you just need to make sure you meet your assignment deadlines (which will be set in your time zone).

To support you, we’ve made sure that each degree programme has a clear structure that keeps you on track and motivated.

The University of Liverpool online programmes are:

  • 100% online - providing flexibility to study alongside your job and graduate directly from a Russell Group university, from wherever you are.
  • International - giving you a global perspective and connecting you with experienced professionals from around the world.
  • Highly collaborative - engaging you in a research and learning experience that can improve your critical-thinking skills and provide you with better professional insight.

Nick Mawani “For a working professional like me, the only practical method of studying is online. It’s very convenient to be able to go to class anytime, anywhere and get access to the University library 24/7. I absolutely love that flexibility.”
Nick Mawani - MPH student and President and CEO of Go Natural Health & Nutrition Centre Inc., Oshawa, Canada.

On your start date, your online classroom will be available for you to log in. Here you will find the schedule for your first module, an introduction from a faculty member and everything you need to start your online programme.

The online classroom will involve:

  • reading texts and using rich media,
  • weekly written assignments and discussions,
  • writing short articles, with references,
  • posting to the (private) online discussion forum,
  • reading and responding to posts from peers and faculty.

Collaboration – The University of Liverpool’s online learning model is highly collaborative, setting it apart from others. Studying for your online degree with Liverpool is not a lonely pursuit, you’ll be studying in small groups with professionals from all over the world, gaining insights that are invaluable in a global economy.

Asynchronous interaction – Interaction in the online classroom is asynchronous, which means that you don’t have to be online at specific times, so you can study at times that suit you. All deadlines are set in your local time zone and the online classroom is accessible 100% online from where you are – all you need is an internet connection.

Turning theory into practice – Transfer your learning to your work life by testing out theories and best practice in your workplace. Return to the online classroom and share your findings with your peers.


There are no exams with a University of Liverpool online degree - you will be continuously evaluated based on your classroom participation and the academic quality of the research and assignments you submit. You will also be assessed on a final research project, such as a dissertation, consultancy project or thesis.

As well as feedback from your peers, you’ll receive feedback and grades from faculty throughout each module of your degree so that you know what progress you’re making. This ongoing assessment ensures that you meet the University’s high standards.


As an online student with the University of Liverpool you will have access to many resources to support you with your studies.

Our online library is available 24/7 and is the same online library used by the University of Liverpool on-campus students. It is a fantastic resource and our students see it as a real asset to support them with their studies.

Students will also be able to take advantage of the Writing Centre. The aim of the Writing Centre is to help students become better academic writers. A Writing Tutor can provide feedback on assist you in producing writing that is organized, concise, and cited and referenced correctly.

Receiving your degree

Success in one of our online degree programmes leads to a University of Liverpool qualification that is every bit as valid and credible as an equivalent degree earned on campus.

You can receive your degree certificate by post or you can travel to Liverpool to receive it in person at an official graduation ceremony together with campus students.

Over 8,000 professionals from over 160 countries have already graduated after studying online with the University of Liverpool.

If you’re looking for more information about studying for a degree online with the University of Liverpool our FAQs might be a good place to start, or you can request information by filling out our online request form below.

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Interacting with international students provided a great learning opportunity. I was able to see things from the perspective of others from an entirely different culture.

Lilian Odeleye - Management - University of Liverpool Online Programmes

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