Free short online courses

What are Moocs and how do I enrol?

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

MOOCs are freely accessible and open-licensed short courses, delivered to large cohorts of learners fully online. To date, more than 2 million people have signed up to Edinburgh courses across a broad range of subject areas, and they form part of the University's commitment to knowledge exchange and community outreach.


  • 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.

Learner experience

Although our MOOCs do not have formal university credits assigned to them, Statements of Participation will be available to any learner who completes a course with us for a fee. (Fees vary depending on MOOC platform.)


A full list of University of Edinburgh MOOCs 2012-2018 is available as a pdf brochure.