School of Computing

Distance Learning

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What is Distance Learning?

Our part time, distance learning (DL) courses enable you to gain a higher education qualification without a embarking on a full time, campus based degree programme. This means that you can study at the University of Portsmouth from virtually anywhere in the world. Plus, you'll have the flexibility to do your job or manage family life while you study.

Distance learning allows you to study at a time, place and pace that suits you. Instead of attending lectures on our campus, you'll have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) via any internet connected device. Here, you'll find bespoke interactive course materials, created by our experts, expecially for you. You'll be able to connect with staff and fellow students, attend online seminars, and submit coursework and assignments online.

An undergraduate degree could help you advance your career, or progress to postgraduate (Masters level) study or research.

What is a 'top up' course?

In the School of Computing at the University of Portsmouth, we offer two undergraduate courses by distance learning; both are part time 'top up' courses.

Top up courses are designed to provide a final year of study at degree level for students who already have qualifications such as HNDs or Advanced Diplomas in a relevant subject. Because these courses are studied part time, while you continue in your job, they typically take 2 years to complete.

DL Courses in Computing

BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems DL (top up)

Today, businesses are driven by the information they offer and more often than not, this is via modern systems using networked computers, the Web and large scale databases.

This course provides you with a practically understanding of how computers work and how software systems are developed. You’ll also learn how such systems are applied in a business context.

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BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Systems DL (top up)

Computers play a major role in our everyday lives and their systems need to be designed and created by someone.

If you want to build a career in computing, information systems, ecommerce or networks, but think full-time study may clash with other commitments, then this distance learning course could be the right option for you.

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2 years, part time


September and January


An appropriate HND, Foundation degree, relevant Advanced Diploma or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in an appropriate subject.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.


UK/EU/Channel Islands/Isle of Man and International students: £2,250 p/a*

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.


Apply direct using our online application form

Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to speak to someone about our courses, about distance learning, or more generally about the University of Portsmouth, email or telephone +44 (0)23 9284 5566.