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You can study for any qualification (MSc, PG Diploma, PG Certificate or Institutional Credit) entirely by distance learning. There is no need to come to Leicester for examinations (except for the final oral exam for the dissertation or design project) as assessment is wholly by coursework uploaded electronically. Distance students are very welcome to visit us in Leicester for research seminars, to sample some attending learning, or to meet a member of teaching staff, but contact is generally by email or telephone. Many of our distance learners are international students living outside of the UK.

We are committed to providing a rich learning experience for distance students and have a dedicated e-Learning Co-ordinator. Distance learning is delivered via the Blackboard 'virtual learning environment', This provides student-student and tutor-student discussion, delivery of lessons and secure submission of coursework. Students therefore require a computer with Internet connection (Energy and Sustainable Building Design students may also need to purchase additional software at a modest cost).

Screenshots from the Blackboard 'virtual learning environment'

As well as IESD's own provision for distance students, support is available from DMU's Library Services department. Follow this link for information on using DMU and other university libraries, access to academic databases, study skills and many other resources for distance learners.

Distance students normally take three years to complete an MSc. However, flexibility is available to enable students to manage their time to suit their circumstances, in consultation with the course leader. Previous students have successfully completed the MSc programme over shorter and longer periods of study than the standard three years.


Distance learning fees for the academic year 2011/2012 are £1,870 per year for UK/EU students and £3,300 per year for non-EU students.  Fees are subject to revision each year.

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