Welcome to flexible learning


Studying online means taking control of when and where you study. It means studying at your own pace, no matter where you are in the world. It means being able to balance your home and work life with your education, so you can earn while you learn without disrupting your career.

The Virtual Learning Environment

How you’ll study

When you study at UCEM, you’ll be using our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a specialised platform which provides you with everything you need to keep on top of your studies and succeed.

You’ll be guided through your learning with weekly study schedules and course guides, which you can adapt to suit your needs, pace and lifestyle. Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone, as you’ll also be fully supported by tutors and other students throughout your studies.

The VLE is at the heart of your studies. Here you will find all the learning resources you need for your studies, along with specially designed learning activities to help you develop the skills and knowledge that you need. You can participate in discussion with your tutor and other students, attend timetabled webinars or watch recordings. As you study, you will be supported with guidance from a highly experienced module team.

"The experience of supported online education fits perfectly with the digital era of our day-to-day life. Access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) from my phone, iPad, laptop or work computer allows me to listen to webinars or participate in discussion forums any time of the day."

Ayesha Azar, MSc Real Estate
Graduate Surveyor, Valuation Agency, London, UK

Why supported online learning?

  • Flexible study - you no longer have to choose between your education, your home life and your career. Our approach to online learning gives you the freedom and support you need to balance your study, work and home commitments, all while working towards your career goals.
  • Fully supported - you may be studying online, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be left alone. You’ll receive full support and lots of contact from tutors and fellow students through online discussion forums, email, online chats and by telephone.
  • Take control - the choice is yours. Decide where and when you want to study, and take control of how you learn, whether by following a structured weekly pathway, or adapting this to suit your needs. It’s your education, now it’s your choice.
  • Stay organised - to help you keep on track and plan your study schedule, you’ll have online access to timetables and course guides.
  • Accessible learning - with online learning, you’ll have full access to all of your learning materials – which are accessible through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a specialised online resource. All of your study materials are provided in a variety of formats, including presentations, videos, podcasts and animations, so there’s no limit to how and when you can learn.

"The VLE is well designed and provides plenty of documentation and support on all kind of subjects. I have found the tutors to be both supportive and available; whenever you have a question, they reply to your message on the forums very quickly and are always there."

Vilma Segonds, MSc Real Estate
Junior Valuer, Cushman & Wakefield, Paris, France

Equipment needed

What you’ll need to study online

You will need access to:
  • A personal computer with audio playback capability
  • The internet via a broadband connection
  • Email address (provided by UCEM)
  • Headphones with a microphone
You should be able to:
  • Create, use and save documents produced in word processing and spreadsheet software, for example, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Open PDF documents with freely available Adobe Reader software
  •  Use a web browser – we recommend your browser is up-to-date

Recommended browser versions

We recommend that you use one of the following browsers, ensuring you keep up-to-date with the latest version:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Microsoft Edge (Support for Internet Explorer is being removed by Microsoft and a number of platforms will no longer work in it. UCEM recommends switching to one of the browsers listed.)

Note: Employers may operate policies limiting access to the internet and the use of e-mail at work. If you intend studying during the working week, you should check that access is possible.