Wolverhampton University is the first UK university to offer a BA in business administration over the Internet, and has plans to offer other courses online.
The course, which will begin in October, will allow students to access all information and coursework over the Internet.
At present the Open University offers a master's degree in distance education, but otherwise online learning only contributes to segments of its degrees.
Wolverhampton's degree is a top-up degree aimed at students who have an HNC or an HND in business. By completing extra modules, the students can obtain a BA.
A spokesperson said: "We do not offer an entire BA online but if it is thought best to do it that way, we may offer it in the future."
Liz Fleetham, courseware author for Wolverhampton Business School said: "The course is aimed at adults who can't attend university on a regular basis - such as the busy professional or those constrained by childcare."
The course will only be available to UK residents initially, but "we are looking at Malaysia, Hong Kong and Russia," said Fleetham. "We are also looking at online courses across the sciences and the arts."
John O'Donoghue, an initiator of the course said it utilises the university's learning framework, Wolf, which IT giant ICL is considering commercialising. (see yesterday's story)
"We are continuing to develop and enhance Wolf, but it has had exceptional feedback," he said.
O'Donoghue said that students could use the system to study in many different ways - for example on a one-to-one basis with lecturers or in discussion groups.
"Initially the potentially isolating nature of studying this way concerned us, but that should be solved by the choice of how you study online."
Details of the course are available by emailing [email protected] or phoning 01902 321789.
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