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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.

Over one million people have enrolled on our MOOCs. Dr Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera, helped us mark the achievement.

Free short courses

It is free to register on many of these courses. If you require a formal certificate, there is a monthly subscription charge to the hosting platform, Coursera.

In 2016, we achieved a learner satisfaction rating of 4.5 / 5 for our MOOCs.

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

See related degree programmes via our course search.

Develop the skills to build and maintain your own website

We have developed a series of short courses (MOOCs) in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London, which will help you understand the technical aspects of a website and then design and develop your own.

The 'Responsive Website Development and Design' specialisation comprises five courses and a project.

As you progress through the courses, you will come to understand structures ranging from familiar interfaces, to the several layers of technology, to the underpinning database structure.

By the end, you will design and develop a website to showcase your learning and skills.

  1. Responsive Website Basics: Code with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  2. Responsive Web Design              
  3. Introduction to Meteor.js Development
  4. Web Application Development with JavaScript and MongoDB
  5. Responsive Website Tutorial and Examples        
  6. Responsive Website Development and Design Capstone

When you subscribe to a course that is part of a specialisation, you will automatically be subscribed to the entire specialisation.

If you are just interested in a single course, you will must cancel your subscription after completing this course to stop the recurring monthly charge.

For more information about the specialisation, please visit the Coursera website.

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

Understanding Research Methods (2015)

The '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.

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 need to complete the 'Keeping up with Change' course before they can register for the Master's degree.

Interview with Professor John Mullins

Prof John Mullins - University of London - Moocs

"This MOOC is intended for a truly global audience": Professor John Mullins talks about a new MOOC which looks at getting your own startup off the ground.

Professor John Mullins

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