Benefits of learning online with us

Keep building your career

Our flexible course structure means you can work while you study

Digital Learning Environment
Easy-to-use Digital Learning Environment

You can access course content and chat to tutors online via Moodle

Develop a global network

You can study from your home, alongside students around the world

Celebrate together
Celebrate together

You can choose to attend graduation in person in Portsmouth. You’ve earned it

How you'll learn with us

Our part-time, online courses fit around you. Forget visas and moving costs, with our online degree programmes, you can access your course from anywhere in the world.

You’ll need to spend approximately 20-25 hours studying every week. As all course materials are available on demand, you can revise on the days and times that suit you best.

We know you have a busy life, so to keep things manageable, your course modules are broken down into weekly segments. This allows you to fit your studies around your work, family, and social life.

Hear from Portsmouth Online students

I chose to study at Portsmouth due to the course content and the fact it is accessible online meaning I don't have to relocate. The course is part-time and allows me the flexibility to continue working while I study.

MSc in Cybercrime

I am a working mom so going to a classroom is not an option. This way I can access information and look at past lectures anytime. I can manage my time better.

Jillian Bedeau-Callender
MSc in Project Management for Construction

How you'll study online with Moodle

All our modules, learning activities, and assessments are delivered online. We do this via Moodle, our easy-to-use Digital Learning Environment (DLE). All you need is regular access to a computer and an internet connection.

Through Moodle, you'll have access to discussion forums where you can chat to your online tutors and other students about the course.

Watch our short video to find out more about Moodle and then book a personalised demo with our Course Advisers, at a time to suit you.


As a student of Portsmouth Online, you will find everything you need to study in our digital learning environment, Moodle.

The dashboard is the front page. It shows you all the important information that you need to see at a glance. This is where your course information will appear. All of the resources you need for your degree can be accessed online at any time. Course materials include research papers, books, podcast links, and more.

Each week, a new discussion forum is created by your online tutor. This is where you will be invited to discuss your forum activity with other students to cement your understanding of the learning outcomes for that week. Throughout your studies with Portsmouth Online, you will have the opportunity to attend regular webinars where you'll be able to discuss your weekly content and share ideas with your peers and academic staff.

Assessments are handed in by uploading your work to Moodle. You will also be able to view your feedback and grades from Moodle itself. Throughout the course, you will be supported by online tutors and the student adviser team.

Online tutors will be able to answer any questions about the work that you are discussing and the student adviser team is available to answer all non academic questions.

Through Moodle, everything you need to be successful in your course is right at your fingertips. Get in touch with one of our course advisers for a one on one walk through.

What does a typical week look like?

Weekly topic
Weekly topic

Build your course-specific knowledge

Challenge activities
Challenge activities

Apply your studies in learning activities

Discussion forums
Discussion forums

Reinforce your knowledge by sharing ideas with other students

Weekly webinar
Weekly webinar

Discuss the week’s topic with your tutor and other students

More about your week

Each week, you’ll be introduced to a new topic. This will be presented in various formats, but could include:

  • Books, articles, or research papers
  • Graphics or diagrams
  • Podcast links
  • Audio or video materials
  • Online presentations
  • Recorded lectures or guest lectures

Following your introduction to the week’s topic you will have a variety of opportunities to apply your knowledge through learning activities. Some examples of what these might look like include:

  • Exploring case studies
  • Reviewing and analysing reports
  • Reading articles and answering questions
  • Visually representing information in graphs or posters

You will then be able to reinforce and share your learnings through discussion and dialogue. This could be through:

  • Taking part in individual and group learning activities and class discussions
  • Chatting to your online tutors and asking them questions in online discussion forums
  • Chatting to other students in online discussion forums

Every week, you’ll also have the option to join a live webinar to discuss topics with your tutor and other students. As our classes are made up of people from across the world, we strive to ensure our webinars are held at times that are feasible for as many students as possible.

However, don’t worry if you can’t attend them – all webinars are recorded and can be watched back at any time.

You will also receive assignments, submit assessments, and get grades and feedback on your work if these are due that week.

Example study schedule

It’s important to figure out a study schedule that works for you. Be realistic about when you’ll be able to focus on your coursework, and be sure to give yourself time for the other commitments in your life as well.

Below is an example schedule that was shared with us by a student. If you’re looking for some ideas on how to organise your time, swipe through to see how they plan out their week.

Additional support 

Studying at Master’s level requires significant independent study, and self-motivation is vital.

There are support services available for you to access throughout your studies, these include:

  • University student services, such as IT Support, Student Support, study skills training, and the Library
  • Your Student Adviser Team, who can answer practical and pastoral questions throughout your studies

Find out more about our support teams and the experience you'll have as a student with us:

Student experience details