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Delivered through Coursera, the world’s largest online learning platform, 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, such as the new BSc Computer Science. Others involve study methods and general interest.

Jeff Maggioncalda from Coursera
Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera, shares his thoughts on the new BSc in Computer Science - watch the video.

MOOCs -  Online courses

You can register for free on many of the University of London MOOCs. If you would like a certificate of completion, a one off payment is made to Coursera for individual MOOCs, or a monthly subscription fee is paid for Specialisations. Financial Aid is available for those who cannot afford the course fee.

Our MOOCs have an average learner satisfaction rating of 4.55/5.

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.

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 and prospective students who are interested in taking a MOOC with Coursera to do so.

These are not University of London awards, and do not make you a University of London student. However, in certain circumstances, these courses can help you to meet specific entry criteria for our programmes.

For example, any applicants for the MSc 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.