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Lifelong learning


We recognise that not all of you hoping to pursue a degree or further educational qualifications are able to study full-time. 

That’s why we’re always seeking to develop the ways in which we deliver courses to cater for the needs of growing numbers of new kinds of learners.

Part-time courses

You may be considering studying on a part-time basis, to either enhance your career prospects and employability or simply learn about a new academic subject

Alternatively, you may not be able to attend regular lectures and prefer the flexibility of one of our distance learning courses.

Part-time courses at Royal Holloway follow exactly the same curriculum as the full-time programmes and students graduate with the same title of degree. Students also have access to the same study resources and support as full-time students.


A wide range of part-time courses are offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level, ranging from the BA in Classical Studies to the MSc in Information Security

With a range of delivery methods, you can balance your study with other responsibilities, such as work or family commitments. 

Studying part-time

The way in which part-time courses are delivered can vary depending on the course you choose. Typically, lectures will be delivered over one or two days a week, or in the evenings, allowing you to continue with existing commitments

Occasionally, courses are delivered through block mode delivery - this is where students attend lectures on campus for intense periods throughout the year, typically one week in length. 

Part-time students studying a postgraduate taught course by block mode can then complete the taught components of the programme by attending six separate weeks over a two-year period.


Applications for all part-time courses are made directly to Royal Holloway. 

If you would like to apply for a part-time course, please contact the Admissions Office directly to request an application form.

Executive courses

Royal Holloway's executive courses are designed for those looking to gain professional skills and further their career in a particular area.

Delivered through workshops and online learning, they allow you to develop new skills in a flexible way, while allowing you to tailor the course to best suit your needs and those of your organisation. 

Our Department of Earth Sciences offers an innovative course together with leading training providers. 

This course brings you the best of both worlds; providing you with dynamic, practical skills alongside cutting-edge research and theory, delivered in a flexible format that you can tailor to your own needs.

Department of Earth Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Geoscience (delivered by Fugro Robertson Ltd)

Royal Holloway is one of the leading international centres for Petroleum Geoscience training and research. 

This course is for those who have undertaken some prior training at undergraduate level in the subject area or have work experience in the oil and gas exploration sector. 

The programme is taken over a three-year period during which candidates must take six 5-10 day modules from a choice of 12.  It is offered on an open module basis to individuals, or on a proprietary basis to companies, or groups of companies.  Further information is available on the Fugro Robertson website.

Distance learning

The University of London’s International Programmes division is the world’s first distance learning system. They provide undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in over 80 disciplines in more than 180 countries. 

Typically, for each degree programme, one of the colleges of the University of London takes the lead role in designing and delivering a given external course.

This programme has nearly 50,000 students in every corner of the globe studying on more than 100 different programmes. Royal Holloway offers a number of distance learning programmes through the scheme.


  • The degree structure allows you to learn at your own pace from home.
  • The online study materials have been specifically designed for ease of distance learning.
  • In most cases, registration, tuition and examination fees are lower than campus-based charges.
  • Assessment and standards are set at the same level as residential degrees and you will receive the same award as residential students, so you can be confident in the quality of your qualification.
  • Written examinations can usually be taken at local centres close to you.
  • The final award is a degree from the University of London.

Courses we offer

Royal Holloway plays a key role in delivering the University of London’s International Programmes in a number of disciplines. 

Flexible and distance learning programmes are offered in:

Business and Management

Access programme for BSc Business Administration
BSc Business Administration
BSc Business Administration with Marketing
BSc Business Administration with Human Resource Management
BSc Business Administration with International Business

Earth Sciences

MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Petroleum Geoscience


BA History

Information Security

MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Information Security 

Studying a distance learning course

Distance learning programmes are delivered using a mix of online and traditional materials, with annual exams at the University of London International Programme’s worldwide network of exam centres.

Extensive guidance is offered to students through written materials, which provide both general advice on studying for those degrees and detailed discussions relating to each component in the degree programmes.

To support our distance learning programme, we provide administrative and developmental support to the academics teaching the courses and ensure relevant web-based learning tools complement the course content. These include moderated online discussions, online quizzes and videos.


All applications for the distance learning programmes are processed through the University of London International Programmes.  More information on how to apply.


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