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Distance Learning at Northumbria University

Northumbria University is an innovative, pioneering institution which pursues brave thinking and finds new solutions to tackle tomorrow’s challenges. As one of the UK’s top young universities (Times Higher Education’s Young Universities Ranking 2021) and the 5th university in the UK for graduate businesses (HEBCIS 2019/20), we empower entrepreneurs, visionaries and change makers to transform the world we live in.

We offer a range of cutting-edge undergraduate and postgraduate degrees not only on our campuses but also online.

Our distance learning courses have been designed in partnership with online learning experts to help you to develop the skills you need to make an impact, wherever you are in the world. They’ve all been expertly structured to help you succeed, with course content that matches the quality and level as our on-campus offerings.

About NU Distance Learning

Distance learning at Northumbria University means you can earn your full qualification entirely online, from anywhere in the world. Remote learning has been part of our offering since the 1980s, and has the global pandemic has demonstrated the even greater need for flexible programmes. Our online learning platforms continue to allow students across the UK and internationally to access flexible yet quality teaching, essential learning resources and an authentic university experience.

laptop icon 100% online, flexible course delivery
Icon, sun on top left, moon on bottom right, with a coffee mug in the middle Study anywhere, anytime, 24/7
Icon of a headphone set Support from our Student Success Advisors from Day One
Icon of cards Pay in module-by-module instalments and take breaks if you need to
Icon Calendar Choose from multiple start dates throughout the year
Icon a figure pointing at a blackboard Enjoy virtual webinars, engaging directly with your course tutors
Icon of a globe Collaborate with like-minded students from around the world

Watch how we deliver our Distance Learning courses here

Why Northumbria?

Studying with Northumbria via distance learning has some unique benefits. We’re a career-focused university with a powerful reputation for employment outcomes and the quality of our research.

Top 50 UK University. Guardian University Guide 2022, Complete University Guide, University League Tables 2022
5th in the UK for graduate business
Global top 20 for research citations. Times Higher education world University rankings 2022
50th in the world for sustainability. Times higher education impact rankings 2021

Our distance learning students receive the same level of support as their on-campus peers and qualify with exactly the same qualifications (with no mention of ‘online’ on any degree certificates).

What Our Distance Learning Students Say About Us

“As a distance learning student, my options were endless. I wanted to join a UK university, and Northumbria University’s course stood out from the other options that I had. The areas covered throughout the course are well balanced, and I was able to gain a lot of knowledge in each step that I took.”

A photo woman in a ponytail looking right at the camera in front of a city skyline Chandula Bandara International Northumbria Online Student

“Northumbria have been very supportive, starting with the tutors who are all very co-operative and empathetic. Even more importantly, the Student Success Advisors have been a big help. The student support they offer is fantastic. My advisor has become like a friend as well as an adviser, a manager and a motivator – she’s everything rolled into one.”

A photo of a woman looking right into the camera Racheal-Abosede Olayele Business and Management BA Top Up student

“Throughout the modules we discuss weekly topics, share ideas and team up for group tasks. There’s also a really supportive chat where we can ask questions, share what we have found and help each other. The assignments are flexible too, meaning I can apply the topic to my current setting in a school. It’s really helping me to take the next steps in my career.”

A photo of a smiling woman Claire Capel Psychology student