The University has a long history of delivering taught postgraduate degree programmes on a distance learning basis.
Distance learning offers prospective students greater freedom to pursue a course of study that is better tailored to their particular lifestyle and circumstances.
It offers a flexible learning option to people who cannot be residential. They may be a busy parent bringing up young children or a career professional unable to take time off but eager to undertake professional development or to someone perhaps with mobility problems but keen on the intellectual challenge of studying.
With the application of technology such as the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle), various e-learning packages, the growing collections of e:resources, the use of audio, video and other interactive materials to support your study, distance learning at TSD can offer students a rich and rewarding study experience.
You will at all points in your programme from introductory modules through to your dissertation be offered close tutor support and guidance through group seminars (via online sessions), phone and email contact.
All students are allocated a personal tutor, usually the programme coordinator and will have access to a range of student services that cover induction and training sessions, IT help and support, study skills and various personal developmental sessions, delivered on-line or via discreet distance learning study skills ‘surgeries’.
Distance learning provision is underpinned by the expertise of our teaching staff who are research active and thus regularly publish books and peer-reviewed articles, deliver talks and lectures at conferences or are involved as editors of various academic journals. This means programmes of study are based upon the research specialisms of staff, who can offer research driven learning and teaching.