Study modes

As well as the subject of your degree, you will need to decide the study mode that suits you and your circumstances best. The University’s courses are designed to be as flexible as possible, and in some cases that means you don’t need to be on campus.Your preferred study mode will depend on your ongoing commitments, your financial resources and your individual study preferences. Here is a quick guide to our study modes:


A full time course could mean that you are required to attend the University every day of the week, for a set number of hours teaching or contact time per week, along with a substantial amount of guided independent study. Therefore, studying full-time allows you to focus wholly on your study and get the maximum out of the University and your studies. A Master’s Degree usually requires 1 year of full-time study, an Honours degree usually requires 3-4 years and a full-time Foundation Degree usually requires 2 years.


Many students study in a part-time mode in order to combine academic study with significant work or family commitments, and so take longer to finish their degree. Enrolling on one of our part-time courses allows you to study at your own pace, gradually accumulating credits which count towards your final qualification. Most of our full-time courses also feature a part-time study option, some through evening study, some through online learning (see below) and others through attending the same lectures as full-time students. Typically a Master’s Degree requires 2 years of part-time study, an Honours degree requires 6 years and a part-time Foundation Degree usually requires 3-4 years. Students from outside the European Union are not normally able to study part-time, due to UK Visas and Immigration regulations.


In addition to your campus-based studies you can undertake a paid placement within your chosen profession for an additional year, typically between the second and third year of your degree, leading to the award of a ‘sandwich’ degree. Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. Both full-time and part-time courses can be studied in a sandwich mode, combining study with approved work experience.

Online and supported distance learning

With online and supported distance learning, you don’t have to be on campus to learn. You can study at home, at a University-approved local study centre or wherever you want to be. You learn through self-study (in some cases with the support of local study centres), using both web-based and printed resources, at either a full-time or part-time rate of study. All of our online courses are designed to be studied 100% independently, but we also offer ‘supported distance learning’ in association with carefully chosen local study centres. All online learning and assessment is provided by the University, with supplementary tutorial support and facilities from the local study partner.