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As the online universe grows and becomes more advanced and diverse, the opportunities for digital innovation are rising. With this, online study is getting more popular, as many people are finding that more flexible remote learning suits them better.
People learn in different ways and sitting in a classroom trying to keep up with the lecturer who rambles on about what Henry VIII’s favourite food is for 20 minutes, may not be the right way for you.
The Open University is the largest provider of online Masters courses in the UK as it pioneered the idea, but more and more universities around the world are offering digital learning as a way to obtain a postgraduate degree.
Put simply, an online Masters is a degree that’s delivered entirely digitally, with no need to attend campus. You can study these courses regardless of how far you live from your university – even if it’s in another country altogether.
Online Masters are generally different from distance learning Masters, which sometimes involve some visits to campus. An online Masters is usually fully online (though it’s always worth checking).
Online Masters courses are available in almost every subject area. They usually follow the same syllabus as traditional Masters, but are taught via video lectures and online discussions.
E-learning has been around for a while, but in the past there have been some issues about the credibility of an online qualification. This is now changing, and as long as your online Masters degree is awarded by an accredited university, it is worth exactly the same as any other Masters (after all, you still have to write the essays and complete the dissertation).
If you aren’t sure if a university is accredited, you should check. The UK government maintains a list of fake and non-accredited universities in Britian.
So, is an online Masters right for you? Well, here are a few things to consider before you decide.
Here are some of the benefits of studying your Masters online:
Of course, if online study had no drawbacks, everyone would do it. Here are some things to be aware of:
In summary, an online Masters is great if you want to take control of your own studies and be flexible over when and where you do them. They aren’t necessarily for everyone, but they are certainly becoming a realistic option for potenial postgraduates.
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