Online degree courses


Our online degree courses are designed to develop your knowledge and understanding, as well as to provide you with key skills to progress in your existing profession or to make a career change. Our courses start throughout the year so, unlike a traditional degree course, you don’t have to wait until September to begin your studies. Our entry requirements are flexible, looking at both your academic and work-based experience.

Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees online 

We offer undergraduate degrees, and postgraduate degrees in areas such as business and criminal justice.

As one of our students, you will enjoy a flexible approach to learning. Each degree course is designed to fit around your schedule, allowing you to study at your own pace from anywhere: at work, at home or on the move.

We operate an assignment-based approach for each module and assess your work using a range of methods from online discussion to journal reports. Our online tutors have vast experience and a dedicated Student Adviser will support you from admission through to graduation.

What is a Foundation (FdA) degree?

A Foundation degree is a qualification equal to the first two levels of a Bachelors degree and allows you to combine academic study with workplace learning. You can achieve a Foundation degree as a stand-alone qualification or, upon completion, you may decide to continue on to one of our Progression Route courses which lead to a full Bachelors degree.

What is a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)?

A Diploma of Higher Education is a qualification equivalent to the first two levels of a degree and may be used for entry to the final level of a related Bachelors degree course. You can achieve a DipHE as a stand-alone qualification or, upon completion, you may decide to continue on to one of our Progression Route courses which lead to a full Bachelors degree.

What is a Bachelors (BA) degree?

A Bachelors degree is a qualification awarded upon completion of an undergraduate academic programme and shows that you have achieved a thorough understanding of your subject. You will be expected to work and think critically and develop your analytical and research skills. Many of our graduates use their Bachelors degree to get into a job or profession. Some go on to further postgraduate study, such as a Diploma or Masters degree.

What is a Masters (MSc) degree?

A Masters degree is a postgraduate qualification usually earned after the completion of a Bachelors degree. The two most common titles are the Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc). By completing a Masters degree you will gain advanced understanding in a particular field and gain the skills to solve complex problems and think independently.

What is a Master of Business Administration (MBA)?

An MBA is a postgraduate qualification, usually earned after several years of managerial experience and the completion of a Bachelors degree, designed for those individuals who want to progress to executive and senior managerial positions. By completing an MBA, you will develop the personal and professional skills required to build relationships, think strategically and lead from the front in a variety of organisations and industries.

Get in touch

If you have a question about our degree courses or how online distance learning works, call our dedicated Admissions Advisers today on 0800 0527 526 or e-mail enquiries@online.essex.ac.uk


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Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and choose to study online to develop their careers, learn new skills and because of the flexibility of our online courses.

If you want to learn more about any of our degree courses online call us on 0800 0527 526 or e-mail to enquiries@online.essex.ac.uk