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Over the last 10 years the rise in popularity of online learning has exceeded all expectations.

But what exactly makes online study so popular with students and professionals globally?

Interactivity

One of the primary reasons for the success of online programmes is the high level of interactivity that online study offers. Whether you are studying towards an MA, MSc, MBA, BA, or even an executive diploma or professional qualification, one of the keys to academic success is the level of communication you experience with your fellow students and tutors. Studying your qualification online gives you round-the-clock access to immediate and open communication channels, allowing you to share your new-found knowledge with other students (without the social pressures that can often exist within a traditional university environment). You can also benefit from online discussion forums with other individuals from different professions, global regions, and cultural backgrounds – allowing you to develop an international perspective to your field while making new friends and expanding your network of contacts.

Flexibility

There’s no getting away from it, the modern world is a relentlessly fast-paced environment that leaves little time for life’s added extras such as full-time university study. If your professional career has already begun, or you simply want the chance to study towards an international degree without attending a bricks-and-mortar institution, then online study provides the perfect solution. Through a range of innovative study resources which may include live and recorded online lectures, mock exams marked by your tutors, access to online publications and live discussion forums, studying a qualification online gives you the opportunity to study at your own pace and at the time that best fits around your personal circumstances.

Adaptability

Most online degree programmes, for example MBA, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, allow you to select a number of specialised course elements or ‘modules’ focusing on your current job or future professional goals. This gives you the advantage of being able to study an online qualification where you gain skills and knowledge which are applicable in the real world from day one. You’ll ultimately graduate with a qualification focused specifically on the most up-to-date and vital aspects of your profession. What better way to stand out from the crowd when it’s time for that all-important job interview or promotion opportunity?

Affordability

Needless to say, a university’s overheads are significantly reduced when students don’t physically attend the campus. This means they can afford to offer their online degree programmes for a much lower price. This saves you a significant amount of money in the long run – but don’t think that lower tuition fees mean lower academic quality! You still receive the same high level of tuition experienced by on-campus students, including the same syllabus structure and lecture content (via recorded videos lectures presented by the same tutors who deliver the programmes on campus), and you will graduate with the same qualification as those students who attend the campus version of your programme – just with more money in your pocket on graduation day.

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