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Admissions and how to pay

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How do I apply?

Step 1: It all starts when you request information: an enrolment advisor will contact you and find out more about your background and motivation to study, as well as how we can help you achieve your goals.

Step 2: Once you’re ready to apply, you’ll need to go through the following steps to complete your application:

  1. Create a profile: this will allow you to log out of the application and come back and complete it without losing your information.
  2. Outline your academic and professional qualifications.
  3. Provide details of your professional experience.
  4. Submit your motivational statement.

Step 3: Once you have submitted your application, your enrolment advisor will review your file and let you know if any additional documentation is required before presenting your case to the Board of Admissions for an admission decision.

Learn more about the admission requirements and how to apply.

What documents do I need?

When you enquire, you’ll need to send your employment history (preferably a CV), degree certificate and identification to your enrolment advisor for them to assess your eligibility.

If you’re eligible, you then need to write an ambition statement and complete the application online.

Once your application has been reviewed by the Board of Admissions you’ll receive an official letter confirming the admission decision. If you are accepted, you’ll need to sign and return a student agreement and make your first payment.

Don’t forget that your enrolment advisor will be on hand to guide you through the process at every stage.

Learn more about the admission requirements and how to apply.

How long does it take to apply?

Once you’ve supplied all the necessary documentation, your application will be officially reviewed by our admissions board. Our Board of Admissions will aim to review your application and confirm the admission decision within two business days, but this timeframe could vary depending on the specifics of your application. Your enrolment advisor will inform you of the decision and you’ll be sent an official letter confirming the Board of Admissions’ decision.

Learn more about the admission requirements and how to apply.

Fees and finance

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What does it cost? And what payment options are there?

Your tuition fee will vary depending on which programme you choose. Your enrolment advisor will be able provide you with a detailed breakdown of your fees and help you decide which programme and payment plan suits your needs best.

Payment plans

  • Pay in full – Pay in full for the total cost of your programme; the most cost-effective way to study
  • Modular payment plan – Pay for each 10-week module in full prior to starting each course; a simple pay-as-you-go approach to studying
  • Modular payment plan with instalments – Pay for each 10-week module in three fixed monthly instalments, making it easier to budget

Are there any other costs?

No; your tuition fees include:

  • Application processing
  • Course materials and e-books
  • Technology
  • Access to library
  • Graduation ceremony (excluding the cost of travelling to the ceremony)

Remember, you might also need to pay fees to your bank, money-transfer service or exchange bureau when paying your tuition fees. And you will need to ensure you have your own computer and a reliable internet connection.

For full details of tuition fees, view our full terms and conditions

Which payment currencies are available?

You are invoiced in the regional currency option available in your area at the time of your Application and Enrolment. The currency is stated and agreed to in your student agreement. Depending on where you live, we may be able to offer you the option to pay in your local currency at an advantageous exchange rate. To see which options are available in your area, login into Inspirenet and you will be given available options when you make a payment. If you are not yet a student, ask your Enrolment Advisor.

Which payment methods do you accept?

We currently accept a wide range of payment methods including credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express), bank transfers and Paypal, according to availability in your country. We are also planning to offer additional Alternative Payment Methods (APMs) for many countries – please contact bursar@roehampton-online.com to see which options are available in your country.

Learn more about tuition fees and payment plans

Does the University offer financial assistance?

Some opportunities for financial assistance are available to our students through external providers. Many of these sources can help you pay for your tuition while you are enrolled in a degree programme, or assist you with loan repayment after graduation. To learn more about your funding options, contact your enrolment advisor.

General questions

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Who is Laureate Online Education?

The University of Roehampton’s online degrees are delivered in partnership with Laureate Online Education, part of Laureate International Universities, 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.

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.

Learn more about what to expect

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.

Learn more about our online faculty members

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.

Learn more about our global network of students

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.

Learn more about what to expect

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.

Learn more about your study schedule

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.

Learn more about our online masters programmes

Are there exams?

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

Learn more about what to expect online

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.

Learn more about our online masters programmes.

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 with Roehampton.

Support

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What support is available?

  1. Enrolment support – From the moment you enquire with the University of Roehampton, London Online, you’ll be assigned an enrolment advisor. They’ll provide a free consultation to better understand your career goals, and to answer any questions you have. Then, if you decide to apply, they’ll guide you through the application process. To speak to an enrolment advisor, request information.
  2. Student support – You can contact student support at any time via email, or you can schedule a phone conversation. The team will respond as quickly as possible, usually within two business days.
  3. Faculty support – For each module, you’ll benefit from a dedicated faculty member. It’s their role to oversee shared activities, provide feedback on your assignments and answer your questions. You can contact your faculty member via the classroom.
  4. Bursar support (finance & billing) – You can contact bursar support at any time via email, and the team will respond as quickly as possible, usually within two business days.
  5. Peer support – Our Inspirenet community enables you to connect with your friends and fellow students online. Post a question online and you’ll more than likely receive more than one response from your fellow students.
  6. Online support tools – In addition to the people helping you succeed, there is a wealth of support tools available 24/7 online via the Centre for Student Success. This includes a simple search function called Quick Answers.

Find out more about support available for online learners.

Why aren’t the enrolment and support teams based in London?

The University of Roehampton’s online degrees are delivered in partnership with Laureate Online Education, part of Laureate International Universities. Laureate’s head office is in the USA and Laureate has support teams based there as well as in the Netherlands and Poland.