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Online courses

We offer different types of online learning courses: postgraduate qualifications, free short online courses, and short courses at the Centre for Open Learning.

Online Postgraduate Degrees

You can study online at postgraduate level to earn a certificate, a diploma or degree.  The benefits are that you don’t have to be on campus and can study at your own pace and at a time and place which suits you.

Our online programmes are internationally recognised and meet the same rigorous standards as those delivered on campus.  You will be taught by academics who are world-leading in their field and have access to our support services. You also become part of an online community of fellow students from around the world who are studying the same programme as you.

The postgraduate programmes available for online study range from Accounting and Society to Carbon Management; Family Medicine; Intellectual Property Law; Philosophy, Science and Religion; and Veterinary Epidemiology.  A full list of options is available along with a consultation on potential new courses.

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Free Short Online Courses

We have lots of free short courses available online. Led by some of our top academics, and supported by teaching assistants, subjects range from Philosophy to Football, from Data Science to Animal Welfare.

All you need is access to a computer or mobile device  so you can watch the lectures, follow the course materials,and participate in online forums where you will get help from a large community of fellow learners.

Courses generally run for about five weeks and require one or two hours of study each week. You don’t need any prior knowledge of the subject to sign up, at no cost. All of our courses are free, with the option to upgrade to earn a certificate. To date, more than 3 million people worldwide have signed up to take our courses which we offer as part of our commitment to discover, develop and share knowledge. 

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The Centre for Open Learning

The Centre for Open Learning offers short courses on a variety of interesting subjects.

The Centre for Open Learning offers many different short courses in all kinds of subjects from Archaeology, Art and Design, and Creative Writing through to Film Studies, History, Psychology, and Politics – and much more.  And everyone, from beginners through to advanced learners, will find something of interest.

All the courses can be taken for fun, in your leisure time, and no prior knowledge of the subject is usually required.  

Centre for Open Learning