Universities with Online Courses


Full List of UK Universities Offering Online Courses- Updated October 2021

List of UK universities with online courses

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.

Jump to how to navigate a university website section. 

(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


University of Aberdeen

Anglia Ruskin University

Arden University

Aston University


University of Bath

Birkbeck, University of London

University of Birmingham

Birmingham City University

Bournemouth University

BPP University

University of Bradford

University of Bristol

Brunel University London

University of Buckingham


University of Cambridge

Canterbury Christ Church University

City, University of London

Coventry University

University of Cumbria


De Montfort University

University of Derby

University of Dundee

Durham University


University of East Anglia

University of East London

Edinburgh Napier University

University of Essex


Falmouth University


University of Glasgow

Glasgow Caledonian University

University of Gloucestershire

University of Greenwich


Heriot-Watt University

University of Huddersfield

University of Hull


Keele University

University of Kent

Kingston University


Lancaster University

University of Leeds

Leeds Beckett University

University of Leicester

University of Lincoln

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

University of London

London Metropolitan University

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

London South Bank University

Loughborough University


Manchester Metropolitan University

Middlesex University

Newcastle University


University of Nottingham

Nottingham Trent University


University of Oxford

Oxford Brookes University


University of Portsmouth


University of Reading

University of Roehampton


University of Salford

University of Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam University

University of Southampton

Solent University

University of St Andrews

Staffordshire University

University of Stirling

University of Strathclyde

University of Sunderland

University of Surrey

University of Sussex


Teesside University


University College of Estate Management

University of Law, The

ULaw Business School, The

Ulster University


University College of Estate Management

University of the West of Scotland

University of Wolverhampton


University of York

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.

Top-tip 1

Run more than one search when on a university’s website. For example, use the following “online”, “distance learning”, “global”, “flexible”.

Search for,

  • Online courses
  • Distance learning courses
  • Flexible courses
  • Global courses

Online learning or distance learning

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.

Top-tip 2

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.

This page covers everything you need to know for more in-depth information on checking a registered university’s accreditation.

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.


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