Online and Distance Learning

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Share your knowledge with the world through flexible online learning.

Open online courses can showcase what we do best: Learning, teaching and research. They bring your knowledge to new audiences and can remove barriers to higher education. Having an online presence can increase recruitment, outreach and engagement with research.

Online distance learning postgraduate taught programmes provide access to study in higher education for learners around the globe who need flexible, part time study options to fit with their personal and professional needs.

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Online Distance Learning

Reach learners in any location with an internet connection. Online postgraduate distance learning courses provide prospective students with a flexible and self-directed offer suitable for career advancement or a career change. 

Open Online Courses with FutureLearn

Our FutureLearn courses provide an international audience with a taster of the teaching excellence on offer at the University, and can be an introductory step towards further learning for prospective students.  

What we know about our online learners

Evaluation of the University's portfolio of open online courses provides key insights into the learner demographics engaging with our courses, and the interest generated in further study at Sheffield.  

Open Course Development Guides

A collection of resources to help you if you are considering developing short courses in an open online environment.