Join a community of lifelong learners

Flexible, part-time adult learning

More than 15,000 adult learners from across the globe are enrolled on part-time courses with the Department annually, with students ranging in age from 18 into their 90s. 

Whether you are studying for pleasure, to further your career, or to gain a qualification, we have a flexible course for you. 

  • Short online courses and virtual classes allow you to study from home when it suits you. Courses start throughout the year and no previous qualifications are needed. When face-to-face teaching can resume, we also offer day schools and weekly classes in Oxford. 
  • Looking to progress in your career or retrain? Our professional development programmes are geared for working professionals in many fields, including the health sciences, technology, business, environment and sustainability.
  • Undergraduate award courses allow you to gain an Oxford qualification part-time. All are designed with flexibility in mind, since many of our students study alongside work and family commitments. 
  • Already have an undergraduate qualification? Our flexible postgraduate programmes (certificates, diplomas, master's degrees and DPhils) are a great way to further your knowledge, progress in your career or learn for personal enrichment. 

Returning to study

If you are new to higher education or have not studied for some time, you may feel worried about writing an assignment, taking an exam or juggling study, family and work commitments. Whatever your study needs, we hope that you will take advantage of the support and guidance provided by the Department and University.

Advice for those who are returning to study can be found on our study skills webpage.

Student support

Information for prospective and current students on facilities, support, funding, assessments and student representation can all be found on our website using the following link.

> Studying with us

Student spotlights

Discover how lifelong learning has enriched the careers and personal lives of current and former students. A selection of spotlights can be found below, with more available on our dedicated 'student spotlight' webpage

Jason Frangoulis

Jason, 98, is the quintessential lifelong learner - taking classes throughout his working career and retirement at several different universities around the world before finding our online short courses.

Amina Hadef

Thanks to a growing interest in K-pop and K-dramas, Amina decided to enrol on our Korean 1: Beginners course and is now planning on progressing on to the next level.

Ibrahim Asante

Ibrahim attended Management and Business Skills courses, which were of benefit to his own consultancy business.

Shamim Chowdhury

Shamim is a journalist who enrolled on our Foundation Certificate in English Literature because she craved a new challenge.

Margaret Broadbent

Aged 80, Margaret Broadbent wanted a new focus in life - and our Diploma in English Local History ticked the boxes.

Ray Hare

Following a rugby accident, Ray Hare was rendered a quadriplegic and unable to continue his career as a History teacher. Since then he has been enrolling onto online courses, allowing him to work on something himself without the help of anyone else.