How ScHARR online learning courses are taught

The online learning courses offered by ScHARR are taught completely online, meaning that there is there is no attendance at university and no travel requirements. This offers you flexibility and enables you to study what you want, when you want, and from wherever you may be, allowing you to fit study around part or full-time employment.

For overseas students, there are no visa requirements.

We recommend that students spend approximately 150 hours of study for each 15 credit module. This is equivalent to about 10-12 hours of study time per module each week, so online learning courses are usually studied over 2-3 years, taking 2 modules each semester.

As far as possible, students will be required to keep up with the set timetable for the course. This is mainly to enable full value to be obtained from discussions, debates and other participatory exercises.

Recommended technical specifications for students

You will use the University's My Online Learning Environment (MOLE). MOLE enables you to access all of the course materials, to interact and collaborate with fellow students and tutors and to complete and submit formative and summative exercises and assessments.

Our online courses use a range of software and multimedia materials to deliver technology-enhanced learning to students. The documents, podcasts, videos, screencasts etc. are all accessible using various browsers and viewing software.

You will almost certainly already have a set of programmes on a laptop or desktop computer that permits all of the functionality required, and you probably need not do anything. However, for the sake of comprehensiveness we offer this list of technical specifications to enhance your accessing of course materials.


  1. Laptop or desktop computer (Windows/Mac)*
  2. Soundcard
  3. USBHeadphones or speakers
  4. Broadband internet connection or better

* We recommend that students use a laptop or desktop computer in order to fully engage with the online course. We have developed our teaching materials so they can be viewed using smartphones and tablets but not all the tools will work with mobile devices like this.


We recommend use of one of the following java-enabled browsers (both of which are free to download).

  1. Google Chrome (download)
  2. Mozilla Firefox (download)

For reading PDF documents 

For reading Microsoft Office documents

  • Either *MS Office OR OpenOffice (download) for opening / reading / editing MS Office documents
  • **Google Docs for opening/reading MS Office documents online

* students can buy MS Office and other software at preferential rates
** students are provided a Google apps account for the duration of their studies

For watching video and listening to audio

  • Latest version of the Adobe Flash player (download)
  • Windows media player (download)
  • Quicktime media player (download)