Short online courses (MOOCs)

University student studying online

Free short courses

The University of London offers a number of free online taster courses and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Some of these are designed to introduce you to the kind of themes that appear in our programmes. Others involve study methods and general interest.

It is free to register on many of these courses. If you require a formal certificate, there is a small fee to pay to the hosting platform, Coursera.

In 2015, we achieved a learner satisfaction rating of 4.5 / 5 for our MOOCs.

What is available?

We currently have the following courses available (start dates differ):

See all related degree programmes in our course listings.

There is also a 'Responsive Website Development and Design' specialisation which has been designed to teach learners to build, test and deploy a complete mobile-ready website.

Find out more about this specialisation here - Website building skills.

Courses in development

  • Get Interactive: encouraging student participation in an online environment
  • Build a big data server cluster with Apache Spark and AWS
  • Global Energy and Climate Policy
  • Information Security
  • MBA Specialisation
  • Air Pollution
  • Global Diplomacy: the United Nations in the World
  • Seismic Processing for Interpreters.

The following are not currently available via OnDemand, but you can sign up to be informed of when further sessions become available.

  • Brand Management: Aligning Business, Brand and Behaviour
  • Enhance Your Careers and Employability Skills
  • Freedom and protest: Magna Carta and its Legacies
  • ICT in Primary Education: Transforming Children's Learning Across the Curriculum
  • Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story
  • The Camera Never Lies: Film, Images & Historical Interpretation in the Twentieth Century.

Awards for our MOOCs

Understanding Research Methods (2015)

The Guardian University Awards 2015 logoThe 'Understanding Research Methods' MOOC developed by the University of London and SOAS was runner-up in the 'online and distance learning' category at the Guardian Higher Education Awards in 2015.

Enhance Your Career and Employability Skills (2015)

The ‘Enhance your Career and Employability Skills’ MOOC, developed by the University of London and the Careers Group, won the prestigious 2015 AGCAS Award for Technology in 2015.

Suitability for University of London students

We encourage all current students who are interested in taking a Coursera course to do so.

Please note: by completing a Coursera short course you will not gain a University of London award, nor become a University of London student.

In exceptional cases, these courses can help you to meet specific entry criteria to enter our programmes.

For example, any applicants for the MSc in Professional Accountancy who last sat professional exams over five years ago will be asked to complete the 'Keeping up with Change' course before they can register for the Master's degree.

More about our MOOCs

For more on our MOOCs and short courses, see below for recent press releases and interviews on our online magazine, London Connection.