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Distance learning & online study

Master’s courses and a range of PhD supervision via distance learning

Distance learning 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'll be able to participate in our extensive online research training portfolio, as well as access our wide range of world-class e-resourcespodcasts, 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 law making 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.


PhD and MPhil

PhD at the Institute of Classical Studies

Undertake doctoral research on the ancient world, including languages, literature, history, art, archaeology or philosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman times.
PhD and MPhil

PhD at the Refugee Law Initiative

Contribute to our understanding of international refugee law and policy with a PhD from the UK's only academic hub dedicated to research in this crucial field.
PhD and MPhil

PhD at the Warburg Institute

Explore your interests in cultural and intellectual history with a research degree at the renowned Warburg Institute. Study online or on campus in Bloomsbury.
PhD and MPhil

PhD Digital Humanities

Earn a prestigious PhD as part of an interdisciplinary research hub dedicated to the use of digital techniques in humanities scholarship in the UK and beyond.
PhD and MPhil

PhD Digital Humanities by Practice

Pursue an interdisciplinary research degree which allows you to be assessed on the creative output of your research, in addition to a shorter written thesis.