Blended learning explained

What is blended learning?

Blended learning combines in-person learning with the flexibility of online study.

You’ll find blended-learning courses that combine online study with a variety of in-person learning methods, including:

  • workshops
  • lab work
  • work placements
  • summer schools
  • on-campus lectures or classes.

Blended learning benefits

Not everyone can manage a traditional full-time, on-campus course. If you need university learning to be more flexible, blended learning could be the way forward for you.


No committing to full-time hours on campus. You’ll study primarily online with only short periods on campus. You’re free to schedule the online part of your course around your work, family and life commitments.


Blended courses can have lower fees than on-campus courses. You can also continue to work – in some cases, your work will be a core part of your learning. So, you’ll continue to earn valuable income while you study.

Unique experience

Whether it’s in the lab or work-based learning, blended courses offer the advantage of hands-on experience. Your learning can often be tailored to your work, so what you study is relevant to you, your employer, and your career.

Work-based learning benefits

Many blended-learning degrees and short courses combine online study with learning in the workplace.

This could be in your current workplace, or somewhere you’ll work on a voluntary basis for the purpose of your studies.

Work-based learning has some unique advantages that might make it just what you’re looking for:

  • You can put new academic and technical skills into practical use from day one.
  • Learning is centred around your workplace, so you know the skills you learn will be a great fit for your career and employer.
  • You’ll gain valuable work experience alongside academic learning, and can continue to earn while you learn too.

Blended-learning short courses at the University of Aberdeen

You can study the following postgraduate short courses with us via blended learning:

View our blended-learning degrees.

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