Full List of UK Universities Offering Online Courses- Updated October 2021
We keep an up-to-date list of all UK universities offering online courses.
The list below only includes accredited recognised universities offering online courses.
The links below take you to the university’s main website. Below the list are some useful tips on navigating a university website to find all their online programmes.
(If you are a university with new online courses not listed, please contact us here, and we will get you added)
A to Z List of Universities with Online Courses
How to Navigate a University Websites- Distance Learning or Online Learning
As a general rule, both are a form of education where a physical distance separates the teacher and student, and there is no requirement to be on campus.
Traditionally, distance learning was correspondence learning. This was where a university would send all the reading material out by post. Then, the student would send back essays and receive feedback from the tutor by letter.
As the internet evolved, distance learning went online but kept the name. So now you find some universities call their online offering distance learning while others use online learning. And to confuse things, some now use flexible learning or add global to a course name to denote that it’s an online course.
Run more than one search when on a university’s website. For example, use the following “online”, “distance learning”, “global”, “flexible”.
- Online courses
- Distance learning courses
- Flexible courses
- Global courses
University School/ Department Structure
A University’s website often reflects its organisational structure. For its website, this typically means that the central section covers general university areas and support services. With the details about their courses located in school /department sections.
This structure can be a pain as you might find some, but not all, of the courses they offer from the main page under online course. The reason is, in some cases, older courses listed as distance learning on a departments’ page might not show up in the main page search results.
Always double-check a university website if you can’t find the course you want via online learning straight away
Look for the equivalent on-campus course, and from that page, you should see a link to the school/ department page that teaches the programme. It’s on this section of the university’s website where you need to run a second search.
Confirmed Accredited Degree Providers
Only recognised bodies accredited by the UK government can offer degree and Master’s qualifications in the UK.
For UK residents, most prospective students will already be aware of the universities they are researching. However, it is wise for international students to double-check that the university they are interested in is recognised and accredited.
Search Online Degrees
Search over 200 online degree courses offered by UK universities here. We are adding new courses regularly.
Search Online Master’s
Search over 300 Master’s level qualifications from UK Universities on this page. We also have a guide on Master’s qualifications that are a good starting point for anyone interested in taking a Master’s level qualification.
View Online Short Courses
Find 100’s of short courses offered by UK universities here. Many of these courses are credit-bearing career-focused content.