Distance and Flexible Learning at Goldsmiths


Our distance learning courses combine our expertise and the flexibility to study wherever you live or work.

Since 1858, the University of London has offered a variety of distance learning programmes to students who can’t attend the university in person. There are currently more than 100 programmes available, with over 50,000 students enrolled worldwide. Former students and alumni include Asa Briggs, Nelson Mandela, Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott. 

In association with the University of London, Goldsmiths is responsible for two subject areas: Computing and English. Our academics design the syllabus for each course or module, develop the learning materials and mark examinations. Although you’ll be studying remotely, you can get support from teaching intuitions, some of which are recognised by the University of London’s Teaching Centres Recognition Framework.

All of our distance learning degrees and diplomas are awarded by the University of London. University of London staff manage all student administration, including enquiries, applications, registration and the dispatch of some student materials.

Further information about the programmes is available in the Computing & Information Systems and Creative Computing or Humanities prospectuses.


Available qualifications

There are various different awards and different routes to study through our distance learning programmes.

Each distance learning undergraduate programme has the levels below:

  • Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)
  • Level 5 Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
  • Level 6 BA or BSc (360 credits)

Each module is worth 15 or 30 credits, and students will have to complete 360 credits to be eligible for a degree in either English or Computing.

There are two intermediate awards which are a Certificate of Higher Education or Diploma of Higher Education. These awards are available to students who are unable to complete their degree or who wish to study at this level. Further information is available on the programme pages.

Each distance learning postgraduate programme will have 180 credits. To be awarded a postgraduate degree, you will complete four core modules, two compulsory modules, four optional modules, and a final project.

Postgraduate diplomas and certificates are available, and you can find out more information about these awards on the University of London website.

Our distance learning programmes

BSc in Computer Science
Launched in spring 2019, our Computer Science programme prepares you with in-depth knowledge and understanding of conceptual and technological issues involved with building software systems.

You can also study BSc Computer Science with a specialist pathway as follows::

  • BSc Computer Science (Data Science)
  • BSc Computer Science (Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence)
  • BSc Computer Science (Web and Mobile Development)
  • BSc Computer Science (User Experience)
  • BSc Computer Science (Physical Computing and Internet of Things)
  • BSc Computer Science (Games Development)
  • BSc Computer Science (Virtual Reality)

BSc or Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and Information Systems
Designed to equip you with a wide range of knowledge and skills, our Computing and Information Systems programme will help you learn to adapt and evolve to keep ahead of the fast-changing world of computing.

BSc or Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Computing
Studying Creative Computing will help you develop key technical skills and at the same time allow you to take an active role in the creation of different computational systems in arts, music, film, digital media.

BA, Diploma or Certificate of Higher Education in English
Embracing traditional and new approaches to English, you’ll cover a range of topics in British, American and Irish literature since the 16th century. You’ll also develop your understanding of the diverse and conflicting ways texts can be received and expand your knowledge of cultural, historical and regional continuity and change in literature.

MSc in Data Science
Applications for this new programme will open in November 2019 and it will launch in April 2020. You will develop the analytical and critical skills that you will need to intelligently interrogate numerical, textual and qualitative data. Throughout the programme, you will also learn how data analysis techniques can be applied to a range of interdisciplinary research areas.

You can also register for one of the MSc Data Science specialist pathways: 

MSc in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
Developing an array of analytical and practical skills will provide you with the tools and competencies of intelligent data analysis for decision making and problem-solving. These skills can lead to a variety of careers with leading technology firms, robotics, the military, academia, and the public research sector.

MSc in Data Science and Financial Technology
You will learn a number of different analytical and practical skills in order to intelligently analyse financial date and modern financial markets. You will also learn how to evaluate and predict investment behaviour and investment decisions, and to communicate the results of investigations and the implications to stakeholders or other interested parties. These skills lead to a variety of careers with employers from the financial sector, including financial planning, insurance, marketing and investment banking. 

Contact Us

If you would like any further information about the University of London programmes at Goldsmiths, please contact:

The Information Centre
University of London
Stewart House
32 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DN

Online enquiries form.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8360

Find out more about the University of London programmes worldwide.



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