Study on any device, at anytime from anywhere in the world

Our learning platform is what enables us to deliver high-quality teaching to our students around the world. Known as our virtual learning environment, or VLE, this is where you will work through interactive lecturecasts, discuss concepts and ideas with classmates, access high quality resources to power up your study and submit assignments.


Rather than sitting through recorded lectures or scrolling through pages of text, you’ll access our course content through multimedia lessons called ‘lecturecasts’. These lecturecasts consist of a mixture of content, such as video, audio, text, images, infographics, multiple choice questions and short tasks.

They’re available to view and review at any time during your studies, so you don’t have to worry about picking over your notes to remember a key concept. Just find it in the relevant lecturecast and you can rewatch or reread the section as many times as you like.

Unsure what we mean? You can try a lecturecast for free.


Discussion forums

Discussing your thoughts on a topic is a well-established way to cement your knowledge. That’s why discussion forums form the basis of both our course content and our assessment. You’ll connect with fellow professionals studying your course, not only to hear their different perspectives on the course content, but also to network on a global scale.


Journal entries

Relating your new knowledge to your own experiences is another proven method to retain it long term. Reflective journal entries, hosted on our VLE, allow you to consider your new information and connect it with issues or situations particular to you. You can also review previous entries to compare how your understanding has changed over the course.


Seminars, live Q&As and virtual office hours

Throughout each module, tutors will run seminars or live Q&A sessions with your class, to answer any questions that have arisen from your study. You’ll be able to tap into the knowledge of our experienced tutors, as well as benefit from your peers’ understanding of the course content.

Worried about making it to the live sessions? All of the sessions are recorded and sent out afterwards, and our tutors also hold virtual office hours when you can raise any issues with them.


eLibrary and online resources

The University of Essex eLibrary provides access to a huge range of textbooks and academic journals, that you can use for extra reading around a subject you find particularly challenging or fascinating. These will also come in handy for any research-based modules such as your final project or dissertation.



All of our assessments are delivered through the VLE. There is no requirement to go to external testing facilities or exam centres, and the majority of our courses don’t have any exams at all. Instead you will submit written assignments, be assessed on your discussion forum participation, complete reflective journal entries or take part in group work.

For the few courses that do have exams as a requirement, we use a virtual proctoring system which allows you to take the academically rigorous exams from the comfort of your own home.