Are you considering enrolling on an online masters degree, but concerned about whether you’ve got what it takes to successfully complete your studies? You’re not alone.

From worries about finding the time to study through to questioning whether you can write academically or if the investment is worthwhile, there are many things to consider before you enrol on an online degree programme.

Common questions about online learning

How can I balance my work, study and family life?

Potential online students often ask: “How can I earn a masters degree and continue working full-time?” At the University of Roehampton, London Online, for example, the average age of our students is 38 years old. By that age, students are often faced with the prospect of juggling online study with work and family life.

Fortunately, online study is deliberately designed to meet the needs of working professionals and provide them with the knowledge, support and guidance to succeed. The flexible learning model that online education provides allows students to plan their own study-time around their existing commitments. You decide when and where you study, rather than having to attend lectures or participate in seminars at set times and in specific locations.

Am I good enough?

Some non-native English speakers question whether their English language skills are good enough to study at university level. Others – particularly those who have not been in formal education for many years – wonder whether their academic skills, such as writing, are of a high-enough standard.

At Roehampton Online, students are offered a range of resources to help them overcome these doubts and give them the best chance of success with their studies.

The Online Writing Centre enables students to get personalised feedback from an expert writing tutor, giving them the support and direction they need to improve their academic writing skills over the course of their studies.

A range of other support resources are also offered to Roehampton Online students. These include:

  • The Centre for Student Success, which provides tips, advice and skills to help students succeed
  • Skill unit courses, which are free, extra-curricular courses covering everything from time management through to critical thinking
  • Career services – Roehampton Online Business and Management School students, qualify for a three-year Associate-grade membership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). With this, you will gain access to career services, professional development tools and mentoring resources.

If you are concerned about your English language skills, this free course could also be helpful: Inside IELTS: Preparing for the Test with the Experts.

Will it be worth it? Will I get a promotion or my dream job?

For sure, studying online with an accredited university could help you to progress at work. Roehampton Online, for example, complies with the academic standards set by the UK government’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

This can often reassure students who are asking: ‘Will employers recognise my online degree?’ While every student is faced with different circumstances and career goals, some Roehampton Online students have certainly benefitted in their career as a results of their studies. For example, Zimbabwe-based Paul Banga, who graduated with an MSc in Information Systems Management says that completing his masters degree gave him the skills and the knowledge he needed to step up to a new role.

Will I get to know my classmates, or will I work in isolation?

University of Roehampton believes good online degrees should include regular and consistent interaction with peers and tutors. Roehampton Online students get the chance to share experience and compare perspectives in a collaborative learning environment with faculty and students from over 140 countries.

Becoming part of a global network of students in this way enables students to gain worldwide perspectives and deeper insights into their subjects by learning from the experience of their peers. This often greatly enhances their studies and helps them to build a lifelong network of connections around the world.

Find out more about earning a QAA-accredited masters degree online with the University of Roehampton – providing higher education to students for more than 175 years.

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