The Business School at the University of Exeter.
University of Exeter to offer online master's degrees
The University of Exeter in the UK has signed a new 10-year partnership with online higher education specialist Keypath Education to offer a range of online master's degrees to international and domestic students.

Available to enrol on from September this year, the initial courses offered by the University of Exeter's Business School will be a suite of MSc programmes in: Finance & Management; International Business; and Marketing.


The online courses will be delivered over a two-year period and will offer students the same materials, teaching and assessment that on-campus students receive, but through technology and a network of academics and student advisors.


"As our world becomes increasingly digital and international, we are embracing technology-enhanced learning to deliver an internationally excellent education," said Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter. "Our online master's students will have access to everything that makes our on-campus degrees internationally recognised for excellence, but in a flexible way that complements their work and family commitments."


The University of Exeter, a member of the Russell Group, is currently the highest ranked university, according to The Times and The Sunday Times' Good University Guide 2017, in the UK to launch a range of online master's degree courses for the domestic and international market.


Speaking to StudyTravel Magazine, Rajay Naik, CEO of Keypath Education (Europe), commented, "We are experiencing extraordinary demand from students across the world for the online degree programmes we deliver on behalf of UK universities.


"I have been particularly impressed by the interest from many parts of Africa and the Middle East where there is strong English language proficiency, ability to pay and need to upskill.


"We are considering opportunities to recruit larger groups of students, including partnerships with multinational employers, and are inspired by the growing interest in online British higher education."


Keypath have also confirmed another partnership with a different UK university which will be formally announced in the coming weeks.


Online degree programmes facilitated by UK universities are increasing in popularity, with Cambridge Education Group (CEG) Digital partnering with Falmouth University and Queen Mary University in 2016 to offer master's degrees online.


By Georgina Deacon

Staff Journalist