The University of Edinburgh offers a range of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

What are MOOCs?

MOOCs are short courses that are delivered online for free.

These courses:

  • do not have any entry requirements - all courses can be taken by anyone from anywhere online
  • are usually run two or three times each year
  • are led by world-class academics and supported by teaching assistants
  • typically require 1-2 hours of study each week for around 5 weeks
  • are self-directed, meaning you follow the course materials, complete the readings and assessments, and get help from a large community of fellow learners through online forums
  • are comparable to a standard University of Edinburgh course in terms of content and study level
  • meet high academic standards and are subject to internal quality assurance processes

Although our MOOCs do not have formal university credits assigned to them, Statements of Accomplishment will be available to any learner who completes a course with us.

You can see how MOOCs compare with our online postgraduate courses at the following page:

What subjects can I study?

We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate-level courses in the following subjects:

How do I enrol?

Enrol on a MOOC

Enrol on one of the University of Edinburgh's MOOCs through Coursera or FutureLearn platforms.

Edinburgh MOOC platforms


Coursera logo

The University of Edinburgh is a member of the Coursera consortium, which offers MOOCs from top universities in an increasing range of subjects, all entirely free of charge.


FutureLearn logo

The University is also a member of the FutureLearn partnership, which includes some of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, including the British Council, the British Library, and the British Museum.

More information

If you have any questions relating to Edinburgh MOOCs, please contact the Online Learning Team:

  • Online Learning Team

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