What’s it like to study an online Masters?
Online and distance learning Masters normally include all of the same content as the traditional ‘on campus’ version of the same degree. You will study the same modules to a set timetable, completing assessments as you progress, and your programme will usually end with an extended dissertation project.
However, your course will use remote learning methods instead of most (or all) physical classes. These could include scheduled video seminars and one-to-one discussions with your tutor as well as asynchronous discussion forums, allowing you to post thoughts and feedback on class materials and discussion at times that suit you. Some one-to-one mentoring with your tutor will also be scheduled, in much the same way as a traditional ‘office hour’, allowing you to get direct feedback on your work and progress.
The flexible nature of online study makes these courses ideal for people who are combining a Masters with other work and family commitments. It’s common to complete these programmes on a part-time basis, though many will also offer a full-time option.