Coursera, MOOCs and the UoL International Programmes

Students discussing courses for their Coursera MOOC

Welcome to Coursera and the University of London International Programmes

About Coursera and our MOOCs

Coursera is the social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online (MOOCs) for anyone to take, for free. We have partnered with Coursera to enable you to study a number of short courses that have been derived from the portfolio of programmes offered by the University of London International Programmes or developed by academics from amongst the University of London’s eighteen federal Colleges

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

To find out about these opportunities and to register please visit the Coursera website.

About us

University of London International Programmes enables you to study for a prestigious University of London degree without attending a University of London College full-time, on campus. You study by distance and flexible learning so you can fit this around your work and family life. Studying one of our short courses via Coursera provides a great preparation for one of our qualifications.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Report 2013

The University of London International Programmes offered four MOOCs on the Coursera online platform, beginning in June 2013: Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps, English Common Law: Structure and Principles, Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story, and The Camera Never Lies.

Download the University of London International Programmes’ inaugural report on the MOOCs.

Taking your studies to the next level?

If you have completed one of the Coursera courses we hope that this will interest you to register for one of our International Programmes.

Five of our Coursera MOOCs are derived from our full degree programmes, which we have listed below. If you are interested in taking your studies further, you might want to apply for:

See our full range of programmes

How to apply for a University of London degree

You need to meet particular entry requirements to study on our programmes and completing a Coursera course does not in itself qualify you to study on one of our programmes nor offer any credit. Please be aware that by completing a Coursera short course, you will not gain a University of London award nor become a University of London student.

Studying for a University of London degree

Studying with us is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Our learning method, using specially written materials, gives you an in-depth knowledge of your chosen subject and supports you in becoming an independent thinker and developing analytical and organisational skills. The learning materials, for most courses, include printed texts, online resources and activities (but not usually video lectures). On many undergraduate courses, you can attend classes at a local institution, if you prefer structured support.

Consistent high standards

If you want to gain a University of London qualification, unlike studying through Coursera, you will need to succeed in our rigorous assessment process that includes unseen written examinations. This enables us to ensure the quality of our degrees is maintained, which gives you confidence in the standard of your qualification. Read more about how we ensure the quality of your degree.


We are committed to providing access to quality higher education to all who can benefit, wherever they live around the world.

At a time when the cost of University education is escalating, the University of London represents superior value by offering top tier degrees at affordable rates. Read about the costs of gaining a University of London degree.

Current students applying for Coursera courses

We encourage all our students who are interested in taking a Coursera course to do so but please note it that completion does not count towards your degree.

Contacting us

If you wish to take a Coursera course please visit their website to sign up.

If you are interested in studying for one of our programmes, please contact us.