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Studying  ·  March 16 2022

How does an part-time distance learning programm work?

Are you interested in doing a part-time distance learning programme? But you can’t imagine exactly how it works to study from home, 1000 miles away from the university or institution you want to graduate from? We show you how distance learning works and how easy it can be if you choose the right provider.

What is online distance learning?

Unlike face-to-face studies, online distance learning means that there are no attendance requirements, no fixed exam dates or lecture times. The study programme takes place online, far away from the university. On the train to work, on the couch in the evening, on the cross-trainer as a distraction, or in summer comfortably in or by the pool – with online distance learning you can study when and where you feel like it.

On the one hand, this independence of time and place offers the highest possible flexibility, but on the other hand, distance learning also requires a high degree of personal commitment, good time management and discipline.

How is an online Master’s programm organised?

Our online Master’s course is conducted using modern distance learning technology and according to advanced didactic and pedagogical findings of “Technology-based Education“. In the course of your studies, you will have access to various technical aids to facilitate and support your learning:

  • the Online-Campus (your central study and examination platform)
  • over 350 Explainer, Case and Learner videos, e-tutorials from our module lecturers,
  • access to various online media (lectures and scripts),
  • wwlibs (literature access),
  • and much more.

How is the online Master’s programme structured?

During your studies you will complete three levels, which consist of a total of 15 modules. The levels build systematically on each other and are completed in sequence. You can learn the individual modules in the respective levels individually according to your wishes and preferences. At the end of your Master’s programme, you will write a Master’s thesis and present it, online or on site – as you prefer – in front of a commission.

Support during the online distance learning programme

-Although you study from home or on the road, you are never alone. Our competent team is always there to help you with any questions or problems you may have and to support you in achieving your optimal study result and realising your goals. In doing so, we take into account the needs of people who are on the move in the modern working world: with not too much time on their hands, the ambition to get ahead in their careers and who have grown up with modern means of communication.

Our student advisor Anria Brandstätter looks after the well-being of our students. No matter if it is about organisational, technical or personal questions, she always has an open ear for you. Together you can work out individual curricula with milestones if necessary or simply get tips on module work.

Our lecturers are also available at any time to answer your questions about the course content, the examination or the module work by e-mail or via video conference. Our module leaders guide you step by step through the material. Through multimedia teaching content (including: Texts, videos, best practice examples, graphics, presentations, etc.) you will be supported in not only learning the knowledge by heart but also internalising it in order to be able to apply it in practice in the best possible way. Personal support takes place both individually and in online study groups. Voluntary webinars and online seminars are used to exchange information with lecturers and fellow students.

You can find out more about the individual and free consultation here.

The learning method: pedagogy meets technology

The fear of classic exam situations, a dislike of group work where coordination is often more exhausting than writing the paper itself, the memory of impossible schedules due to necessary attendances and a lack of practical relevance. These are just a few things that no one wants for their studies. Studying with the eLearning Academy means:

  • a pleasant way of providing services with personal feedback,
  • time and place-independent and practice-oriented,
  • a resource-saving study programme without travel times and travel costs,
  • studying with module leaders from the field with years of experience,
  • a solid basic knowledge with the advantage of consistent quality,
  • combined with current applications and the transformation of knowledge into competence.
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How much time does an online Master’s programme take?

In our Master’s programmes you have to prove 60 ECTS positively assessed in order to graduate. ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System. This is a kind of currency that measures the scope of a course of study and makes it comparable within Europe and also with the USA.

One ECTS stands for about 25 working hours. This means: 60 ECTS result in 1,500 working hours. One year has 8,760 hours. This would give you just under 28 working hours per week if you want to complete your studies in the minimum period of 12 months. However, if you split your studies over two years, that would be an average of only 14 hours per week. If you take one or two weeks off a year to study or write your Master’s thesis, this number is reduced even further.

In the individual chapters and assignments, we always give you concrete estimates of the workload. This means you always have your goal in mind and the workload of the individual modules in view.

Are there attendance times or compulsory attendance?

No! In contrast to face-to-face studies, you are never bound by rigid timetables, lecture times or exam dates in your online Master’s course. You decide where and how you learn: The Online Campus works on desktop computers as well as on tablets or smartphones. This gives you the opportunity to learn independently and independent of time.

How are examinations taken in the online Master’s programme?

Quite a lot of students have problems with exams and are very nervous when it comes to exams and tests. The bad news: We have to assess you in one way or another. The good news: We strive to make the completion of each module as stress-free as possible for you.

Our ultimate goal is for you to understand and master the material in your studies. That’s why we choose examination formats that are as anxiety-free as possible, but which are goal-oriented.

We distinguish between 2 types:

  •  CheckUps and
  •  Module  papers.


In 90% of the modules, there are small knowledge tests in the form of so-called check-ups. These are self-tests that you have to complete, but which are not included in the assessment. They only serve to check whether you have correctly understood what you have read. These check-ups can be repeated up to three times.

Module paper:

In 14 out of 15 modules you have to do a written assignment. As soon as you have gone through the material of a module, you open the assignment for the module paper. This is usually a written practical paper, conceptual work or case study. In order to provide you with the best basis for this, we provide you with format templates, assessment criteria and occasionally even good practice examples for the various assignments.

What degree does one have afterwards?

After positive completion of all modules, as well as the positive assessment of the Master’s thesis and board examination, graduates are awarded the academic degree “Master of Arts in Marketing Communication” (abbreviated to “MA” “or M.A.”) by the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland.

What does it cost?

The tuition fees are 8,900 euros (excluding additional taxes). The course fee covers 24 months of study (four semesters). After registration and confirmation of the study place, the invoice for the course fee will be issued. We offer you different payment options.

Registration – are there any deadlines to observe?

Registration for the online master’s course is possible EVERY TIME. There are no deadlines to observe.



Are you interested in distance learning in the field of marketing communication? Then visit our free and non-binding information evening. We look forward to meeting you!

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