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

PGCE Education (International)
Full-time

PGCE Education (IDL)

Do you want to gain an academic teaching qualification from a respected UK university? The University of Sunderland has been training teachers for over 100 years. Take advantage of our teaching expertise as we equip you with the skills to improve your teaching, while working towards a Certificate in Education (PGCE).

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PGCert Early Years Teaching Overseas
Full-time

PGCE Early Years Teaching

Do you want to develop a specialism in teaching young children up to the age of five without leaving your home country? Then this course is for you. We’ve been teaching education for over 100 years, and this course builds on the University of Sunderland’s expertise in teacher training. You’ll explore how to assess development and how to lead Early Years provision, while working toward a PGCE in Early Years Teaching.

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Full-time

National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (IDL)

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to lead colleagues in meeting needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. This independent distance learning course can be studied from anywhere in the world.

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BA/BSc (Hons) Education Studies - Combined Subjects
Part-time

PgCert Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Leading Provision and Practice (IDL)

Study from anywhere in the world. Enhance learning and teaching for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Develop your communication with colleagues, other professionals, parents and carers.

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Distance Learning
Full-time

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - IDL

Do you want to open yourself up to career opportunities around the world? Then this 18-month course is for you. Teachers with a qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) are in high demand. You’ll combine theory with practice as you study various topics, including ‘Principles and Practice of English Language Teaching’ and you’ll teach a lesson at an institution in your own country.

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MA Education (Independent Distance Learning)
Full-time/Part-time

MA Education (Independent Distance Learning)

Are you a Teacher or Educationalist? Do you want to develop your professional practice? This distance learning programme provides the opportunity to continue your professional development and acquire advanced research and study skills whether you are in the UK or Overseas. Combine study with paid work or family commitments, and enhance your skills and understanding to equip you for various roles including teaching and educational management.

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MA International Education
Part-time

MA International Education (IDL)

Are you a teacher in an international school? Would you like to develop your professional practice? If so, this distance learning programme is for you. We will support your career development with a tight focus on the international school system and its challenges and opportunities. Enhance your employability, while working towards a Masters qualification.

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Part-time

Mentoring and Coaching

This Level 7 course is ideal for teachers or other educational professionals who want to develop their careers with a Mentoring and Coaching qualification. You will gain knowledge, understanding and intellectual skills that you can apply to your own teaching position to enhance your career.

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Online courses

MSc Management online, student looking at a computer screen
Part-time

MSc Management

This MSc Management course will help you to shape your leadership and management skills to become an effective manager and leader in the 21st century business environment.You will gain a deep understanding of the core business subjects, enabling you to put theory and contemporary thinking into practice. It is delivered entirely online, with a flexible learning model that delivers academic content on demand.

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MSc Management with Finance, student using a laptop
Part-time

MSc Management with Finance

Our online MSc Management with Finance course has been specifically built to provide busy working professionals with the opportunity to learn how to successfully manage, lead, strategise and innovate within the Finance discipline – without having to give up the day job. The course is delivered entirely online with a flexible learning model.

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MSc Management with HR, student using a laptop
Part-time

MSc Management with HR

With a specific focus on the organisational and people aspects of business and management, you will gain a deep understanding of international human resource management, organisational development, resourcing and talent management. The course’s flexible learning model delivers academic content on demand, meaning that you can study for your Masters degree from anywhere in the world, on mobile or desktop, and can fit your studies around your work and family life.

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MSc Management with Marketing, student using a laptop
Part-time

MSc Management with Marketing

This MSc Management with Marketing course helps you to develop your leadership and management skills, examining how aspiring marketing leaders can become effective managers and leaders in the modern world of work. With a focus on leadership in marketing, you will gain a deep understanding of international marketing, marketing management, and global integrated marketing communications. This course enables you to benefit from an entirely flexible online format.

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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.