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Study IT / Computing at the University of Derby

IT and computing programmes at the University of Derby are designed to enable you to develop your skills or build on your knowledge and experience to gain a degree or Masters level qualification. Our programmes are made up or stimulating and inspiring modules, and delivered in a structured and supportive environment with high standards of tuitions and support.

Boost your career with an online degree

If you are seeking to develop your career in environmental health, gain a Masters degree by online learning   

Our MSc Environmental Health is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) to give you the professional recognition that you require to get ahead in your career.   

Advance Your Career

As one of the UK’s leading providers of online distance learning, our online degree courses are a popular choice for busy professionals who are seeking career progression or perhaps looking for a change in direction.

Will an online course suit me?

From talking to online students, graduates and our online tutors, here’s what we think you need to succeed as an online student:

  • Self discipline and motivation

  • Good organisational skills so you can plan study timetables and get into a routine

  • A place where you can concentrate and focus on your studies is essential, whether it’s a spare room at home, your office at work, a coffee shop or the train

  • Confidence in using a computer and the internet

When can I access my course materials and reading lists?

As soon as you have enrolled and paid for your course, we will send you a username and password to access your online learning resources.

And your Online Tutor will upload learning materials at the start of each term.

What equipment will I need?

You will need to have a PC or Mac with an internet connection. At the very least you will need one of the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Safari

You can undertake a compatibility test with our virtual learning environment provider at:

How long do I have to complete my coursework?

All courses have a structured timetable, based on trimesters, with assessment deadlines at the end of each trimester.  These typically run as follows:

Trimester 1: September – December

Trimester 2: January – March

Trimester 3: May – July

You will need to submit your course work (or sit exams where relevant) at the end of each trimester. You will be given details about your assignment and deadlines by your online tutor.

How much time will I need to allocate to my studies?

You’ll find detailed information on individual course pages but, as a guide, you will need to allocate approximately 200 hours per standard module (20 credits) for learning, which equates to around 17-20 hours per week.  This will be a combination of tutor discussions, reading, research, online activities and critical thinking and reflection.

Can I start the course whenever I want?

Depending on which course you are studying, you can start at any of our three intakes in September, January and May.  So you’ll have more options than traditional ‘on-campus’ courses, but you can’t start your course at any other times.  Our trimester based learning ensures that tutors are available throughout your course and that there will be other students on your modules at the same time to share and enhance your student experience.

Is it easier to complete a degree through online learning rather than as a full time student on campus?

In some respects, it can be more difficult: you will need to be self-motivated, organised and dedicated to completing your studies.  However, you will have the flexibility to study at times which suit you and you won’t need to travel to campus or attend lectures at fixed times which might make it easier to fit studying for a degree with your busy work and family life.