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Distance learning

We offer several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, by distance learning. You don't have to come on campus to study. Instead, you can work online, from somewhere that suits you, when you choose.

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About Distance learning

Why choose us?

At UEL, we recognise there’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ student. Your lifestyle or commitments may make it difficult for you to attend regular classes on campus, but we’re determined that you should have the same access as everyone else.

We offer several Psychology courses by Distance Learning allowing you to study within a structured and supported framework, at a time and place that suits you. You can work towards an academic qualification while maintaining work or family commitments. You control the way you study, and the time you want to take to complete your course overall. Our academic staff and supervisors will be in regular contact with you throughout your course, while online forums will keep you in touch with fellow students.

We’re an anchor institution for our community and beyond – making a difference to people’s lives and offering them opportunities for education and employment they would not otherwise have had.

That’s why we’re offering distance learning options for an increasing range of our courses – each of exactly the same academic standard as the on-campus equivalents.


Throughout your course, you’ll receive academic support, guidance and encouragement from module leaders and our administrative teams. You may not be physically present on campus, but we’ll treat you as if you were.

You’ll be able to appraise your progress with self-assessment questionnaires, and also receive regular assessments of your progress from your tutors.

As with all UEL students, you’ll have a personal tutor to guide you through your studies. You can ring in or send them queries via email, or talk to them via Skype if you prefer.


As a distance learning student, you’ll be fully supported throughout your studies with a range of innovative online and remote services.

Teaching contact is carried out using email and online platforms such as Skype. UEL also has its own virtual learning environment, which features pre-recorded presentations, discussions and collaborative chat sessions.

Our well-developed Moodle service gives students online access to essential course information, such as course announcements, module information, contact details and assessments. You can also use Moodle to submit coursework electronically through our Turnitin tool.

In addition, there are regular online forums for students; our WebEx video conferencing facility; and pre-recorded videos and recordings.

Through our student web portal, UELDirect, you can access all the essential learning materials including journal articles and textbooks and links to other online resources. You’ll also have active study support from our library teams at Stratford and Docklands, as well as 24/7 access to a vast range of searchable e-resources, including books, journals and databases.

Our libraries hold several internationally significant archives and collections and you can also access UEL’s ROAR depository of academic research by UEL staff and students.

The technology used in the presentations has made the distance learning experience almost as real as being on campus. Support for distance learning students has been well planned and I’ve never felt left out.
Dimitris Flamouris , BSc (Hons) Psychology by Distance learning
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The most distinctive aspect of our distance programmes are that they run in conjunction with our campus programmes using similar materials and assessments. This helps us to make sure that the distance programmes are really up to date. Our distance students are very diverse so we have a wide range of background and experience, which makes the teaching and interaction always stimulating.
Dr Anna Stone , Programme Leader, BSc Psychology by Distance learning
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