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Distance Learning

Distance learning programmes allow more flexible study for students.

There are many pressures on students: some may have family responsibilities making full-time study difficult; some have a job they do not want to or cannot leave. Flexible learning provides opportunities to undertake study to suit changing your circumstances and lifestyle.

At Heriot-Watt, we offer two learning paths:

Independent Distance Learning: this option covers a wide range of MSc and PG Diploma programmes. Whilst programmes are based out of Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus, no classes are attended.

Approved Learning Partners: these programmes are offered by academic institutions throughout the world, which are approved by Heriot-Watt University. A range of MSc, PG Diploma, and some undergraduate programmes are offered through this route.

Approved Learning Partners (ALP)

Find out more about the undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes we offer throughout the world via our Approved Learning Partners.


Independent Distance Learning (IDL)

Study one of MSc or PG Diploma programmes anywhere in the world, when it best suits you via Independent Distance Learning (IDL).

IDL requirements, applications & fees

Learn more about the Independent Distance Learning requirements, applications and fees.