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Learning materials and resources

You study using materials and online learning resources that are written or recommended by academics from the University of London's federation members.

Bachelor's degree study

In numerous instances, we dispatch course materials either via courier or by postal service, although these resources are also accessible online. A standard study pack typically includes subject guides authored under the guidance of the federation member.

For certain undergraduate courses, you might need to purchase extra textbooks. Various online and local bookstores are available, and details can be located on this brochure. Assistance can be obtained by downloading our brochure [PDF].

Exemplary study guides

Where accessible, you can find sample study materials on individual course and module pages. These can be located through the site search or on our degree pages under 'View modules.'

Example study guide:

Graduate-level study

As a graduate-level student, your resources encompass advanced online features, including supervised discussion forums, online lectures, and collaborative assignments.

You might receive a study pack comprising learning materials, including essential textbooks, which will vary based on your selected course and modules. Stay informed through the VLE for additional information and guidance. Access the world's premier academic journals through our online library.

Typically, you will have access to a personal tutor who will assist you in your studies and offer feedback on your work.

Example study guide:

Dispatch of course materials to you

If, for any reason, you choose to cancel your registration within the cancellation period (14 days from registration or from access to the VLE, whichever is later), course materials may have already been dispatched to you.

To obtain a complete refund of any fees remitted to us, you must return the provided course materials. Failure to return the course materials will result in the deduction of their cost from any refunded amount.

All materials returned to us must be in the same condition as when you received them. This condition also pertains to the return of any licensed digital materials you may have received.

Further details regarding canceling your registration can be found under: your legal entitlements.

Gain an understanding of the study materials you receive as a distance-learning student. Toby Boyd explores the resources available for Postgraduate Laws.

Available resources for you

Email account for students

Your student email account offers a secure and dependable channel for communication.

The Online Learning Platform

Within your Online Learning Platform, you'll find study materials like podcasts, audio lectures, and activities. Additionally, you can connect with fellow students from around the world.

Digital library

Every course has a dedicated entry point to the University of London digital library, enhancing your study experience. Its resources encompass:

Our advanced search engine and guides assist you in locating the information you seek. Additionally, we offer an inquiry service managed by experienced librarians.

Library at Senate House

Distance-learning students enjoy complimentary reference access to Senate House Library. Utilize it as a study space or explore its collection in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Avail yourself of:

  • A vast assortment of printed and online books, encompassing both historic and antiquarian volumes.
  • Newspapers and news services, inclusive of digital archives.
  • Specialized collections, historical maps, and rare books.
  • The history of the University of London and individuals associated with the University.

To access the library, you must present your University of London ID card and provide proof of your home address during your initial visit.

To borrow books, you must become a member. Membership options are available for 3-month or 12-month durations.

Access to additional libraries

A limited number of libraries have previously extended their services to distance-learning students.

  • Refer to the libraries brochure for additional information.