Time and timescales


The programme modules have fixed start and end dates. The advantage of this approach is that you will be studying as part of a group of people, all roughly studying the same topics, so you can help and support each other.

The dates of assignment submission and online tests are also fixed. The online tests are available usually to 24-hours to ensure all students can find a convenient opportunity to complete them.

To help you pace your studies we have organised each module into a number of units, and we provide you with a recommended schedule of study. The schedule tells you which units to study each week, but there is no need to log on at specific times (other than for the assessments).

If you follow the recommended schedule, studying at days and times of the week that suit you, then you will be ready for the assessments on the dates that are published in the Module Guide, at the start of each module.


You will be able to take a break from the programme for one or more semesters, depending on module availability - normally up to a year in total.

Start dates

Find out more about application deadlines and how to apply to study with UH Online.

Course length

Our online courses vary in length depending on subject area and award title.

View course information to find out more.

Average study time

We suggest on average 10-15 hours per week per 15 credit module.


The Award Ceremonies will be held in the months of September and December.

The September Ceremonies will be held at Abbey Church of St Albans and the December Ceremonies will be held at the Weston Auditorium at de Havilland campus.