What will I study?
Why study with Aberdeen?
How will I study?
This is an always-on course, so your learning materials are available online, 24/7. It means you can dip in and study when it suits you, setting your own pace.
You’re completely free to set your own study hours once you’ve enrolled. You’ll have up to 18 months to complete the course.
The course will take approximately 150 hours to complete. This is a rough estimate, and no two students will spend the same amount of time on a course.
As a guide, this works out to approximately 10-15 hours per week of study time over 12 weeks.
You’ll be assessed online via a self-assessed digital workbook. It includes:
- interactive exercises
- self-reflective exercises
- multiple-choice tests.
During your studies, you will have the option to upgrade to the credit-bearing version of the course. If you choose to upgrade your course to credit-bearing, you can choose to be examined either by an essay or by an exam.
If you choose to be assessed via an exam, this is an exam that you must sit in person. Exams can be taken:
- on campus at the University of Aberdeen
- at another university or exam centre that is closer to you
- at your local British Council Office.
Please note, other universities, exam centres and British Council Offices will charge you for this service. This is an additional cost that you will have to pay on top of your course fee.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You can engage with lecturers and other participants through course-specific, interactive webinars and forums.
You can also contact the programme administrator and/or the course coordinator for any specific issues.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll still feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Where will this take me?
Am I ready?
We welcome students from all over the world. If you don’t have qualifications from the UK, see our International Entry Requirements to find out about equivalent qualifications from your country.
English language skills
We want to make sure that you can use English well enough to study this course. At this level of teaching, we would expect language skills to be equivalent to:
- IELTS 6.5 or above
- a minimum of 5.5 for the listening and speaking components
- a minimum of 6.0 for the reading and writing components.
See our English Language Requirements page to find out about equivalent qualifications from your country.
You will need access to:
A computer – PC, laptop or Mac – operating on:
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later, preferably Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra)
All our teaching materials are mobile-, smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper keyboard for completing assignments.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed: we broadly estimate at least 2Mbps so that you can fully take part in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.
We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and up to 5 copies of the full programs for installation on personal devices.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure that means you are never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean that you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of self-study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
Introductory offer – 20% off
Enrol before 1 January 2020 to enjoy an introductory offer fee of £920. This is a 20% discount of the normal fee, which is £1150.
The fee for this course will rise to £1150 on 1 January 2020.
Our 20% Alumni discount cannot be used in conjunction with this introductory offer; it applies only to full-price courses.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via all major credit and debit cards except American Express.
Ways to save
There are several ways that you may be able to get help funding your studies:
- Alumni discount – University of Aberdeen alumni receive 20% off our full-price courses and degrees. Please note: Alumni discount does not apply to the introductory offer fee for this course. But it will be applicable from 1 January 2020, when the fee for this course will rise to full price
- Employer sponsorship
- Student loans
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card, giving you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.