Distance learning at the School of Advanced Study offers you a more flexible way to study for a postgraduate degree in the humanities – combining innovative learning and teaching techniques with the ability to study from anywhere in the world.

While studying at the School of Advanced Study, you will be able to participate in our extensive online research training portfolio, as well as access our wide range of world-class e-resources, podcasts, video recordings, transcriptions and live streaming of research seminars on a wide range of topics to help you complete your degree.

We offer three master’s courses and a range of PhD supervision via distance learning.

Master’s courses

LLM in Drafting Legislation, Regulation, and Policy

A unique opportunity to drafters, legal officers, policy makers and those interested in the process of lawmaking and in drafting to study the legislative environment and legislation as a tool for regulation. 

MA, PGCert or PGDip in Human Rights

Explore human rights issues from a practical, solution-based perspective, build practical skills, including campaigning, fundraising, and research and look at emerging issues, such as the impact of environmental destruction.

MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

A rigorous theoretical and practical understanding of the field of international refugee law and forced migration - this course is unique in being the only programme of its type offered by distance learning.


Research degrees

Our research degrees via distance learning allow you to study for a University of London MPhil or PhD degree from anywhere in the world. The programme is run on the same basis as campus-based programmes.

As a distance learning student, you will receive regular contact with the supervisor via video conferencing software, as well as access to our e-learning portal and vast range of electronic resources. During induction week, held on-campus in central London, you will undertake an intensive research training course and have the opportunity to meet your supervisor, student representatives and other students beginning their PhDs. You will also be required to come to London for your upgrade and for the viva.

Not all of our institutes can support distance learning research degrees but topics under the following broad areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis: