Choosing to study for a degree online isn't something you should do on a whim or just because you think it might be interesting. It's a real commitment, and as such you need to choose the right course to suit your future career plans and current lifestyle.

Assuming you're committed to furthering your knowledge in your chosen field, the first questions to ask are:

Why an online MSc?

Selecting to study for your MSc as an online course provides three key benefits:

1. Greater flexibility

When you choose to study for an online degree, you will be able to fit it around your existing work schedule, as well as being able to study around your family commitments.

Your assignment deadlines will be shared with you as soon as you begin your course so you can plan them into your schedule and think in advance about how and when your availability will be affected.

2. Opportunity for peer-to-peer learning

At the University of Bath, one of the things we pride ourselves on is the online community we have created through our Virtual Learning Environment. It allows our students to collaborate with their peers from across the world, gaining new perspectives and deeper insight to the topics being studied.

In addition, it's a great networking opportunity with the potential to open doors to new roles or experiences once you've completed your studies.

3. Extensive resources

From day one of your course, you will have access to the University's extensive resources to support your studies. Through the Virtual Learning Environment, you can communicate and collaborate with peers and tutors, as well as access 24/7 help and support.

The unit calendar shows you when your assignments are due, and you can use your personal E-Portfolio to take notes, save documents and tag further reading, which can quickly and easily be accessed later. You'll find an online teaching fellow to explain the proofs, along with animation and diagrams. And the interactive content allows you to study at your own pace and practice what you've learned throughout the duration of your course.

What should I study?

At the University of Bath, you have the choice of five online MSc courses:

Computer Science online MSc

Designed to show you the real-world application of emerging technologies, and how they are shaping the way we live and work in the 21st century. This course provides the skills you’ll need for any technical role.

Entrepreneurship Management and Innovation online MSc

This online course encourages you to switch your thinking, from considering siloed business functions each working in isolation, to a view where it operates as an interconnected whole. This course provides you with the critical thinking skills needed to approach today’s business challenges in different and innovative ways.

Applied Economics online MSc

The aim of this online course is to teach you about the principles of financial economics, growth theory and environmental economics within the context of real-world examples. This course provides you with the ability to analyse, interpret and critically evaluate economic data and research for your organisation.

Business Analytics online MSc

This course offers individuals from both business and non-business disciplines the data and decision analysis skills to convert big data into knowledge. Explore a range of subjects from databases and spreadsheet modelling to business intelligence and data mining.

Artificial Intelligence online MSc

Whether you are from a computer science or a non-computing-based background, this course gives you an opportunity to understand how data and AI technology can be applied to support progress in an increasingly complex world. Gain in-demand AI knowledge and skills, ready to apply to your chosen industry and role.

Where should I study?

The beauty of learning online is that you can enroll on any institution’s online courses from anywhere. So, where to choose?

The University of Bath boasts 50 years of educational excellence. Our academics are international experts in their subject areas, here to impart their skills, knowledge and experience; 87% of our research is defined as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our online MSc courses have been designed to help you connect with the real world to further your learning through our business partnerships and global community. It’s educational excellence like this that ranks us in fifth place for graduate prospects by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.


Watch a message from our Pro Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning.

Ready to find out more?

To learn more about our online courses or speak to a member of our admissions team, please get in touch.

Authored on 28.04.20


The information in this article is correct at the time of publishing. Course elements, rankings, and other data may change. Please refer to the online courses page for the most up-to-date details.

Request Information

Complete the form below for detailed course and pricing information and to be contacted by phone and email.

        By submitting your information, you confirm you have read the Privacy Policy.

        *Required field

        To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.