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University of Exeter Online

University of Exeter Online

University of Exeter Online


Online study at the University of Exeter

As a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, we are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

All our students, both on campus and online, benefit from access to academics who are leaders in their fields and are passionate about bringing their latest research into the classroom. They will challenge you to explore new ideas, ask questions and solve problems. By studying an online Masters at the University of Exeter, you’ll discover how to direct your own learning and take an active part in creating knowledge, ensuring you learn how to think and not simply what to think. You’ll get to collaborate with academics and other students and develop understandings that make an impact in both your professional and personal life.

Why study online?

Online study provides a flexible approach to postgraduate education, enabling you to enhance your career without interrupting it. In a world where we only seem to get busier and career progression is only one of the many plates we spin, online study answers the call of business professionals like you looking to upskill without taking a pause. Online study provides the ultimate flexibility to dictate not just when you study, but what you study meaning you can tailor your programme to meet your needs.

Why study online with us?

Our online masters degrees are of equal value to our on-campus qualifications and every bit as academically challenging. They offer flexibility to students with established careers as well as entrepreneurs looking to enhance their leadership skills while also growing their business.

Learn at your own pace

We understand that juggling personal and work commitments with online study can be a challenge. That’s why we put you in the driving seat; you create a schedule that enables you to study alongside continuing to achieve your professional goals. For ultimate flexibility, we offer three start dates throughout the year and the option to take breaks when you need, as long as you complete your studies within five years. We also offer the option of undertaking PGCert and PGDip qualifications, which can then be upgraded to a Masters when time or financial commitments allow.

Enhance your career

Studying with us not only offers outstanding opportunities for career development, but also the chance to tap into a worldwide peer and business network. Additionally, learning in a virtual environment both enhances and demonstrates vital skills that employers are seeking in the modern workplace, such as communication and time management skills, the ability to self-motivate and direct, and an ease with emerging digital technologies.

How does teaching and learning online work?

All your learning will be accessed online in our all-encompassing Exeter Learning Environment (ELE), including:

  • Teaching materials – as written, recorded, or animated content
  • Quizzes to check your learning and understanding
  • Videos, podcasts, articles to read
  • Access to electronic books

Your learning will be divided up into a weekly schedule so you can see what work you should aim to get through on a weekly basis. We’ve built in time for preparation and submission of any assessments you have and then time for you to get feedback on those before you decide to sign up and pay for your next module.

Campus Features

Services for online students

At the University of Exeter, we are dedicated to making your online education experience as smooth as possible, so that you can achieve your full potential. We fully appreciate and understand your commitment to education lies alongside work, home and other priorities. That’s why at the University of Exeter we have a number of support services to help you through this exciting journey.

How we will support you?

Academic support

You will have regular support from your academic tutor in the form of scheduled online meetings as well as any ad hoc support you may require including transitioning into university, preparing for assessments, responding to feedback or any other matter that may be affecting your studies. Your module tutor will be focused on supporting you with any questions or clarifications you have on the module they have taught you, with the express aim of helping to fulfil your academic potential.

Education Support Services

Our Education Support Advisors are here to answer all those questions not directly related to your teaching delivery. Our staff are skilled at responding to your questions in a timely manner on topics ranging from assessment deadlines, how to get an extension or how to submit assessments. If they are unable to answer your query, they will be able to signpost you to someone who can!

Digital library

All the library resources you need to succeed in your education can be accessed through our fully digital library, available from any location at any time. We pride ourselves in being able to provide a highly personalised library support service, which our online students can access through various channels, including 24/7 web chat, email and 1:1 support from librarians via Microsoft Teams. If the digital library is new to you, we have a collection of online guides that will support you to make the best use of this resource for your learning and research.

Study skills

It may be a while since your last piece of academic writing, or this may be a completely new skill to you. Don’t panic! You can attend an online workshop, drop in to a virtual writing cafe or book an online appointment with a Study Zone Advisor, who can offer advice and support on a number of study-related areas, including:

  • Reading and note-making strategies
  • Study and time-management
  • Critical analysis
  • Presentation skills
  • Academic writing
  • Understanding feedback
  • Revision and exam strategies

Our online resources covering these areas and more will also be available as you start your learning journey with us.

In addition to these services, the University of Exeter has worked in partnership with the Studiosity team to offer online study support for students 24/7, 365 days a year. Accessed via ELE, this allows you to upload segments of work or assignment drafts up to 5,500 words for quick but useful feedback on spelling, grammar, structure, choice of language and referencing. Students can make 10 submissions per year, renewing every September.

Wellbeing Services

At the University of Exeter, we are passionate about supporting our students to have good physical and mental health so that they can have the best possible academic and student experience. Our Wellbeing Services support is made up of three main pathways:

  • Psychological Therapies Pathway
  • Mental Health Pathway
  • AccessAbility Pathway

We are committed to providing a learning environment which gives all of our students the support they need to thrive. We support students with long-term disabilities, including chronic medical conditions, physical and sensory impairments, learning differences and those with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).


We understand that at times, it can be difficult juggling education alongside other commitments including home and work. If your mental or physical health is having an effect on your ability to study, or your studying is creating health problems, our experienced Education Welfare Advisors are available to talk to and support you in a confidential and non-judgmental manner.


Your education journey is likely to have been driven by your passion to steer or advance your career in a particular direction or through your love of learning. Either way, we are here to support you find the path that builds on your qualifications and professional experience. Alongside developing employability skills through your course, you will be able to access a range of resources supported by fully qualified careers and employability advisers providing access to:

  • Creating effective CVs, covering letters and application forms
  • Job vacancies, careers fairs, employers and alumni presentations
  • Careers guidance appointments and skills workshops that will help with career planning, job hunting and preparation for job selection processes

IT support

When you study with us online, you will have access to the same IT support as our on-campus students. This includes:

  • a University of Exeter email address
  • OneDrive cloud storage
  • expert IT Service Desk for access support and password resets

After you pay for and enrol on a course, you will create a username and password for your personal IT account. You will use this to access your course via ELE, as well as your university email account, where all your course-related emails will be sent.


    Applying for one of our programmes or modules is simple.

    • Check for any entry requirements, which are clearly stated on the course information pages, including English language. Generally, our modules do not have academic entry requirements, but this may vary so check on the module page to avoid disappointment or delay.
    • Use the “Apply now” prompt to open our applicant portal (Your Gateway). Once you’ve registered, login and fill in the form for your chosen course of study. Work your way through the sections, ensuring any evidence or documents are uploaded where required. You can save your application and come back to it later if you wish.
    • Once you submit a complete application, you should expect to receive notification of our decision by email within 5 working days of the date of our acknowledgement of receipt of your application. If an application is incomplete, the decision-making process may take longer. We will contact you for any missing information or to rectify any omissions or mistakes.
    • Please follow the instructions in your Offer Letter for next steps.

    Alumni Statistics


    We are a Top 15 UK university1.

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities.

    Flexible programmes to help you fit in study around your life

    Top 150 in the THE2 and QS3 World University Rankings 2022

    1. 15th in the Guardian University Guide 2022 and 13th in the Complete University Guide 2022
    2. 143rd in The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022
    3. 149th in the QS World Rankings 2022


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