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Distance learning with the Department of Education

You can study some of our courses through distance learning. This gives you the flexibility to learn wherever you are, whenever you want to.

Learn your way

Our distance learning options are designed to keep you connected to the university and work around your needs.



Distance learning and our courses

Distance learning is an option on each of our MA Education study pathways and our PGCiE course.


You can study these courses entirely through distance learning, or combine this method with our Summer Schools and Study Centres to take some units in-person.

Summer Schools typically take place at our University of Bath campus, while Study Centres are hosted by different schools across the world.

You can also study the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificates alongside our MA Education or MA Education (International Education) study pathways.

Be part of a community


Distance learning with us gives you access to a global community of academics and learners. This will help you to gain an international perspective on your chosen field of study and broaden your knowledge. You’ll be able to collaborate and share ideas with people from different countries and cultures.

You will have an individual tutor for each of your units, who you will be able to contact via email or Teams/Zoom. Your tutor will assist with any queries and provide support for your assignment.

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Our virtual learning environment


Moodle, our virtual learning environment, is logical and easy to use. It offers access to all relevant course materials, as well as many other resources. You’ll be able to browse the University’s extensive online library from day one of your studies.

You’ll also have access to a range of innovative online tools to help you successfully complete your studies. Technical support for Moodle is available 24/7.

What you'll need

Take full advantage of the learning resources available to you.


To use the online resources available, you will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection. High-speed broadband access is recommended.

The University will make available to you the key software you need for your course, including access to Microsoft Teams and Zoom through your University account. You’ll need regular access to a computer with a microphone and camera to make use of this software.

Moodle will allow you to access and interact with most course elements, readings, multimedia and discussions through tablets and smartphones. While tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices may allow for some completion of coursework, they are not guaranteed to work in all areas. Please ensure you have a laptop or desktop computer available to complete your coursework.

Support while you learn

No matter where you are, you won't be alone.


Students not based on campus can still access our services.

Our Student Services team can provide assistance with anything from wellbeing and mental health support, to financial advice.

Contact us

Contact us if you have a question about distance learning with us.