Independent Distance Learning

Study a University of Sunderland course from anywhere in the world. Learn alongside an existing job or commitment, or use the increased flexibility to pursue personal interests. Benefit from our high-quality teaching and support without needing to visit us on campus.

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Courses we offer

With our Independent Distance Learning courses you can learn from anywhere in the world that has internet access, as learning materials will be e-books, online journal papers and other online resources. We offer a range of courses taught by this method, all of which benefit from high-quality resources and great support throughout. Take a look below to find the right course for you.

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate courses


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The Sunderland difference

Studying an independent distance learning course with the University of Sunderland allows you to gain an internationally-recognised qualification as well as the skills, experience and knowledge you need to develop a career wherever you choose to go in the world. You can share and benefit from being a member of a global ‘community of learning and educational practice’ within each of your modules.

Education IDL

The Faculty of Education and Society at the University of Sunderland is at the forefront of independent distance learning, having initially commenced over fifteen years ago with the PGCE Education programme in Dubai. We now operate in over 60 countries across the world with a wide and attractive range of provision. All of our provision enables students to share and benefit from being a member of a global community of learning and educational practice. Students are able to study in a flexible, independent and well-supported manner that enables them to achieve recognised professional and academic qualifications.

Truly flexible learning

This flexible independent distance learning approach is perfect if you want to develop your career, but are unable to follow the full-time on-campus routes in Sunderland. You can learn from anywhere in the world that has internet access. You’ll interact with other students in online discussion forums, and your tutors will guide and support you via email, phone, skype and the University’s e-learning portal, Canvas.