General questions

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Who is Laureate Online Education?

The University of Roehampton, London chose to partner with Laureate to offer students the opportunity to study online for a set of postgraduate degrees that lead to a University of Roehampton academic award.

Laureate Online Education, part of Laureate International Universities, has a network of more than 70 campus-based and online universities in 25 countries, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programmes to more than one million students worldwide.

What is the relationship between the University of Roehampton, London and Laureate?

The University of Roehampton, London has the power to award degrees and chose to partner with Laureate to offer students the opportunity to study online for a set of postgraduate degrees. The two organisations entered into a ‘validation arrangement’ by which the University of Roehampton approves postgraduate programmes delivered online by Laureate that lead to a Roehampton academic award. Roehampton as the degree awarding body, is ultimately responsible for the academic standards of any awards granted in its name, and for the quality of the programmes delivered by Laureate.

What is the relationship between the University of Roehampton, London Online and Laureate?

The University of Roehampton, London Online is the name agreed by the University of Roehampton, London and Laureate to deliver and manage the online programmes that lead to a University of Roehampton, London academic award.

Am I a student of the University of Roehampton?

Students on programmes validated by the University of Roehampton, London are registered as a student of their validation partner, in this case Laureate (University of Roehampton, London Online), who is responsible for the delivery and management of the online programmes. You are registered with the University to enable you access to services, and for records on your academic progress and potential award to be maintained. On successful completion of your postgraduate degree, you’ll become alumni of the University of Roehampton, London as well as of Laureate.

Are University of Roehampton, London Online programmes eligible for the UK postgraduate loan?

Unfortunately, no. This is due to the validation agreement between the University of Roehampton, London and Laureate Online Education.

While upon graduation online students will be awarded the same University of Roehampton academic award as the campus-based students and join the University alumni, during their online study students are formally enrolled with the University of Roehampton, London Online, not with the university campus.

For more information about other funding sources available to UK-based students, please read this helpful article.

Is there a university campus?

Yes. The University of Roehampton is on a beautiful traditional campus in south-west London, with high-quality teaching and a close-knit, collegiate experience. Roehampton has a diverse student body and a cosmopolitan ethos, with students from over 130 countries.

Can I take any classes on campus?

No, you can’t currently take classes on campus. But if you’re visiting London, you’re welcome to visit the campus, take a tour and use the library. Let us know if you would like to do this so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Am I expected to travel to the campus in London?

No; you can complete our online degree programmes from any location in the world, as long as you have a reliable internet connection. If you are visiting London, you’re very welcome to visit the campus, take a tour, use the library and meet faculty members. Let the student support team know in advance if you’re planning to visit, so they can make the necessary arrangements.

Are there other students from my country studying?

Given the number of students studying with us from all over the world, it’s quite likely. Why don’t you ask the question once you’re on Inspirenet and find out?

How do I get my books?

All the books you need for your course are provided in e-book form. There’s also a host of other resources available at the click of a button, such as multimedia, additional reading material and quizzes. You’ll also have access to the University of Roehampton’s library online.

Online learning

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How will I learn?

We believe that learning should be a live process, which means we place emphasis on collaboration and the application of classroom learning to real life. While the majority of your assessed work will be based around individual assignments, you will also be graded for strong participation in the parts of your masters that involve shared activities. In short, you can expect a combined way of working; individual assignments and shared activities through classroom debates with faculty members and peers.

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Is there a teacher for these online degrees?

Your masters degree is made up of modules; each module will be facilitated by a qualified faculty member who specialises in the area that module covers. While you study with up to 40 classmates, your faculty member will moderate the shared group activities, assess your contributions, and provide feedback on your individual assignments and final project (as well as the final grade for that module).

An important distinction to make between undergraduate studies and masters-level education is that faculty members are less conventional “teachers”; they will instead help you in driving your  learning.

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What interaction is there?

Interaction with your peers and faculty members is an important part of the Roehampton Online learning experience. Remember: your classmates are mostly working professionals from around the world; that’s a huge network of professional and cultural experiences just waiting to be tapped into.

So while the onus is on you to contribute and benefit from the network you’re learning as part of, you’ll have ample opportunities though Inspirenet, the shared group activities and classroom discussions.

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How do I participate in class?

Taking part is just like being in a regular class, but it’s online. Instead of discussing ideas in person in a classroom, you do it virtually, using discussion forums, blogs or wikis, and you get to do it at a time that is convenient to you. Each module includes a number of shared activities. Everyone in the group collaborates in these activities, posting their ideas, opinions and comments online. You’ll be expected to contribute and to discuss your colleagues’ postings, too. At the end of the module, you’ll be assessed on the quality of your contributions. The quality of your contributions will be determined by their depth, the critical analysis applied, your ability to critique, synthesise and elaborate, and the support you provide for your opinions and ideas.

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Do I have to be online at certain times of the day?

We’ve designed our courses to be as flexible as possible to make it easier for you to combine your studies with your job. You don’t have to be online at a particular time of the day to follow the course.

The course material is made available at the start of each module. You can then access the material online whenever you want, making it easy to plan your studies around your work or family commitments.

It’s important to remember that within each 10-week module there are deadlines that you’ll have to meet to ensure that you stay on track and get the most out of your learning experience. Also, it is important to remember that although you can study when it is convenient for you, you should create a study plan that fits your needs and that devotes adequate time to your study to meet the module and programme requirements.

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How will my course be structured?

We want to give you the best chance of applying what you learn with Roehampton Online towards your career. In order to do this we know we have to provide a learning experience that is structured to present you with regular opportunities to learn from your peers and to receive faculty feedback.

All our online masters programmes consist of seven 10-week modules and a dissertation (which we call your Research Project).

In each module you’ll address five 2-week learning units, which means you’ll spend two weeks debating, researching and learning about one subject before moving on to the next.

At the end of each module you’ll submit a final project, which is a written piece of work (such as an essay or case study). While your final project for each module will be the primary factor in your grade, your contributions to shared activities will also be taken into consideration.

Your Research Project is the largest and final piece of work you’ll undertake during your masters programme. You’ll undertake an in-depth investigation of a specific problem and present your research topic, methodologies, results and conclusions as a comprehensive submission of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

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Are there exams?

There are no exams. Your grade will be based purely on your final project and your contributions throughout the module.

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How will I be assessed?

Throughout each module you’ll receive regular feedback on the activities and assignments you complete, including shared activities and your final project.

80% of the module grade is assigned to projects submitted at two stages in the module. The other 20% is decided by your contributions to the shared activities.

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How long does the programme take?

Following the standard programme structure, it takes approximately 27 months to complete one of our online masters degrees. Each programme follows the same structure of seven 10-week modules followed by a Research Project that takes 26 weeks to complete.

You will also have breaks of approximately two weeks between each module, which give you time to absorb and reflect on the things you’ve learnt, and to put them into practice in your daily life.

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Can I take breaks between modules?

There is a set two-week break between every module. It is sometimes possible to take a break outside this period due to work or family obligations – but you must arrange this with the Student Support team.

Quality assurance

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Will my degree be accredited?

All Roehampton degrees are recognised by the UK government, and the University complies with the academic standards monitored by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). These standards are the same for all programmes – undergraduate, postgraduate and research-based – whether delivered online or on campus. This means you’ll receive the same standard of education as Roehampton students studying on campus, and have the opportunity to participate in our graduation ceremony in London.

Will my degree be recognised in my country?

UK universities have an international reputation for the quality of their degree programmes. The University of Roehampton complies with the highest academic standards, as defined by the UK government’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the official body which monitors the standard of education delivered by all UK universities. That said, some governments have been quicker than others in recognising the benefits of online education. Therefore, if you need a degree that is recognised by your local government, we suggest you enquire with your local authorities before enrolling.