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Queen Mary, University of London

Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With 21,187 students, 4,000 staff and an annual turnover of £400m, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges.

Queen Mary is one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group, that are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

QMUL is ranked in the top 50 universities in Europe and in the top 20 in the UK (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17).

By choosing to study online with Queen Mary, you still enjoy the same status and access to exemplary teaching as our campus students. The advantage you have is the flexibility to pursue your future career at a time and intensity suited to your own unique circumstances and without interrupting your income and career progression.

Key features of QMUL Online:

  • Flexibility: learn from home, the workplace or on the move, anywhere in the world
  • Location: no need to relocate, take a career break or apply for a visa
  • Global: study alongside and network with students from around the world
  • Quality: concise lectures and digital resources developed by our renowned academics
  • Support: academic tutors are readily and easily accessible for guidance and feedback
  • Engaging: activities which help you to apply theory to practice
  • Feedback: live sessions with tutors and peers
  • Accessible: all assessments are taken and submitted online
  • Intuitive: everything you need is available via our online learning platform
  • Status: all awards are equal in title and prestige to those given for campus study
  • Advice: accessible careers support available throughout the course.

QMUL Online Courses:

  • Master of Arts in International Relations
  • LLM International Dispute Resolution

Non-academic support

Student life isn’t all about studying. As part of Queen Mary’s online community, there is a team of people dedicated to making your experience with us as positive as possible and our induction will welcome you, and introduce you to studying online.

Online Student Advisers are your first point of contact for any practical queries whether that be for tips on effective online learning, advice about work-life balance, or to direct you to our university support services.

And if technology makes you nervous, our technical support team will be on hand to offer advice and help on the use of our online learning platform. 

Other opportunities

While the modules are all taught online, we also provide the opportunity to attend residential workshops, either on campus at Queen Mary or at international locations.

These optional workshops are usually long weekends, running from Friday to Monday, and offer the chance to:

  • Meet with members of the course team and other students
  • Attend talks and workshops from Queen Mary academics
  • Attend industry events and network with industry professionals
  • Take advantage of personal development opportunities
  • Have fun and socialise

Although attendance is neither compulsory nor necessary to complete your degree, these events provide a great opportunity to take part in the life of the course outside of your formal studies.

  • Part-time; min. 1 year (PGCert); max. 2 years (MA)
  • Online
  • No face-to-face events
  • 2 intake dates: September & May
  • Tuition fees:
    MA: £10,000
    PGDip: £6,700
    PGCert: £3,350
  • 23,120 students in total
  • 16,993 undergraduates and 4,842 postgraduates
  • 549 study abroad students from more than 29 countries

Our diverse student community includes:

  • 162 nationalities
  • More than 700 distance learning students, mostly in medicine, but also in humanities and social sciences
  • More than 3,400 students studying joint programmes overseas, mostly in Nanchang and Beijing (China) but also in Piraeus (Greece) and Paris (France).
  • 21,697 full-time students and 1,423 part-time students
  • 3 main libraries in the UK, plus our students use the University of London’s Senate House Library in Bloomsbury

Keith Parsons

The distance learning format appealed to my work/life balance. It was very beneficial being able to continue to work and place what I was learning into the international media context within which I work. The ability to be able to study during the hours that suit me made this work.

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Distance Learning in Politics and International Relations