University of Sussex and Pearson to launch online degrees

The University is making a 'significant investment' to be a global leader in online learning

The University of Sussex and Pearson have signed a new 10 year partnership to deliver postgraduate qualifications online. The first course, an MSc in International Marketing, is now accepting applications to start in September 2018. Further courses, including an MSc in Energy Policy and an MSc in Sustainable Development, will follow. Courses are designed using a carousel model, with modules starting every two months. 

Together, the University and Pearson promise a “high quality, flexible studying experience for online learners”. All teaching, content, educational expertise and course delivery is owned by the University, whilst Pearson oversees instructional design, technology, course marketing, student recruitment, retention and support. The University aims to enrol 1,000 online distance learners within five years. 

Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, said: “We have responded to the growing demand from students around the world and across the UK for more flexible ways of studying. The world is changing fast and demand for a high quality education, like ours, has never been higher. These new degrees will give hundreds more people that opportunity, fitting around their lifestyles and other commitments. 

“All teaching, content, educational expertise and course delivery is owned by the University, whilst Pearson oversees instructional design, technology, course marketing, student recruitment, retention and support.”

“Our ambition is clear – we want to be a world leader in flexible, online learning, and these degrees are a hugely exciting first step in making that a reality.” 

Teaching will be delivered by University of Sussex academics and practitioners, giving students access to a dedicated support network. The quality of the teaching and learning is the same as for a degree resulting from on campus study, and students get the same academic award at the end of their studies. 

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson’s UK & Core business, said: “This partnership opens up the opportunity for learners across the world to study at one of the UK’s most prestigious universities. It is a real demonstration of British higher education excellence being opened up to benefit both UK and international students.



“We have built up extensive expertise in helping universities scale online and our partnership with the University of Sussex is a tremendous opportunity to help improve access to high quality learning for more students around the world.”