Distance Learning

Flexible, part-time Oxford qualifications

The following Oxford qualifications are studied entirely, or mostly, online:

We also offer a number of low-residency programmes that allow students to study whilst continuing with their day-to-day life. The short residential stays provide high contact hours with tutors and fellow students, resulting in a fully immersive experience.

Professional development

A number of our professional development courses can be studied online from anywhere in the world. 

Short online courses

Structured as weekly online meetings, these online courses take place in a virtual learning environment allowing for students to study from anywhere in the world. Courses are normally 5-10 or 20 weeks in duration and class sizes are kept small to maximise interaction between students and the tutor.  

Sample units from short online courses in archaeology, art history, literature and philosophy are available to view from the course demonstration site.

Registration for course credit

Coursework is an integral part of all online courses and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Please refer to our CATS Points System guidelines to find out more about CATS points and how to register for credit.

Your online course credit can be used for an Oxford Award

Credit earned from our online short courses is transferable towards our award programme, the Certificate of Higher Education.


Upcoming courses

  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Mon 06 Jul 2020 – 24 Jul 2020
  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Mon 06 Jul 2020 – 24 Jul 2020
  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Mon 06 Jul 2020 – 24 Jul 2020
  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Mon 06 Jul 2020 – 24 Jul 2020
  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Mon 06 Jul 2020 – 24 Jul 2020