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 2016, 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):

  • International Business Essentials
    This series of MOOCs developed by the University of London has been launched to help people develop their skills and to facilitate access to the Global MBA.

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.

Sign up for futher sessions

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

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 press releases and interviews on our online magazine, London Connection and previously published University of London MOOC reports.