Online and Distance Learning
Online distance learning courses at Robert Gordon University offer a flexible way to study for a degree, whether you are an experienced professional taking the next step in your career or a recent graduate looking to impress potential employers.
Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, allows you to communicate easily with tutors and fellow students, providing all the help and support needed for studying in any location across the world.
- Work and study with flexibility
- Help and support when you need it
- 93% of our distance learning students say 'it has been worth the investment of time'
- Architecture, Construction & Surveying: Online & Distance Learning
- Business, Management & Accounting: Online & Distance Learning
- Computing: Online & Distance Learning
- Engineering: Online & Distance Learning
- Information, Marketing, Communication & Media: Online & Distance Learning
- Health Professions: Online & Distance Learning
- Laboratory, Biomedical & Sports Sciences: Online & Distance Learning
- Law: Online & Distance Learning
- Social Work & Social Sciences: Online & Distance Learning
Apply for degree courses starting in January.
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CampusMoodle is the University's virtual learning environment (VLE).
“I chose online distance learning because I moved to Malaysia with my husband and had a leave of absence from my current job. The flexible nature of the course is a perfect fit with my current lifestyle.”
Christine E. Eikeberg Information Management MSc
Your questions answered
If you are thinking about distance learning, you might have some questions.
Does the degree certificate mention that the degree was completed via distance learning?
The University has Academic regulations in relation to English Language which applies to any applicant of the University where their first language is not English which are over and above the additional consideration of UKVI English language requirements which apply to on campus students. We do not differentiate between the modes of study. Academic regulations for entry are the same for full time and distance learners so are the English language requirements.
Is there are an allowance for time zone differences?
Semester 1 and 2
- 8am to 8pm Monday to Thursday
- 8am to 5pm Friday
- 10am to 2pm Saturday
- 12pm to 4pm Sunday
Semester 3 and Vacations
- 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Can I attend graduation on campus when I have completed?
Yes, you can opt to attend graduation in person if you would like to. The website provides more information on graduation options.
What level or frequency of interaction will I have with other students?
Every course has a discussion forum in Campus Moodle for the use of students and staff. The level of interaction within this is entirely up to the student. Most courses do not require on campus attendance - but those that do also offer the opportunity for contact with other students. This includes the MBA programme, Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Advanced Pharmacy Practice and some of the post registration Nursing modules.
Can I take a break or suspension of studies if my work commitment changes or if I have a family emergency?
There are options available to you and these should be discussed with your course leader. We endeavour to make allowances for instances of unavoidable emergency, however this is permitted on a case by case basis. The best thing to do is ask your course leader and let them know as soon as changing circumstances make it difficult to continue.
FEES – why do the fees change each year? What are the instalment plans available or dates payments are due? Why are DL fees more than on-campus study
Fees are set by University senior management each year following advice from our Financial Services department taking account of factors such as numbers on the course, staff costs and funding from other sources. The calculations are complex, with variables beyond the control of the University also having an impact. Most course fees rise year on year, but some remain static and occasionally some also reduce.
The majority of Distance learning courses are part time. Instalment plans for part time courses are:
22% at enrolment followed by 6 monthly instalments of 13% unless you pay on a module by module basis - in which case you can pay in two instalments of 50%, the first being at enrolment and the second one 7 weeks later.
Instalments plans are only available on individual modules costing over £800.
There are two or three full time distance learning courses. Students on these courses will be offered an instalment plan of 40% at enrolment followed by three instalments of 20% on 1 December, 1 January and 1 February if you started in September. For January starts the plan is 40% at enrolment followed by three instalments of 20% on 1 April, 1 May and 1 June.
Some distance learning fees will be more than on-campus study due to the number of students being supported on the course. It really depends on the course, the ratio of students to staff and also our competition and what they are charging.
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