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Free online courses and MOOCs

Take the opportunity to sample learning with us with our free online learning packages. From MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) to iTunes University, you can study where and when it suits you, and it's all free of charge.

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

What is a MOOC?

A massive open online course (MOOC) is a free study programme designed to be studied online by large numbers of students. In addition to the usual course materials such as video lectures, reading material, coursework and tests, MOOCs provide forums that help students and tutors build an online community.


Jane Austen

Discusses Austen on a global scale and how it has affected different people. It works by taking objects and using them to tell a story

Inclusive learning and teaching environments

Learn how to overcome the barriers experienced by disabled students through inclusive practices. Open for registration.

Understanding insulin

Learn about how insulin works, its different types, its side effects and how to prescribe it for diabetes. Open for registration.

Wellington and  the Battle of Waterloo

Find out about the Battle of Waterloo and explore the Duke of Wellington’s archive. Open for registration.

Contract Management MOOC

Learn to build relationships and manage contracts successfully. Open for registration.

Research project

A step by step guide to shaping your research project for EPQ or IB. Open for registration.

English as a medium of instruction for academics

Increase your English skills and intercultural knowledge for teaching in international contexts. Open for registration.

Web science

Investigate the origins and development of the Web. Open for registration.

Exploring oceans

Explore the significance of a hidden underwater world. Open for registration.

Understanding language

Discover the latest ideas in language learning and teaching. Open for registration.

Social Media MOOC

Explore the impact of social media on the world and learn how to put it to good use. Open for registration.

Agincourt 1415: Myth and Reality

Mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt with this MOOC. Register your interest.   

Archaeology of Portus

Find out about our work at the Roman site of Portus. Register your interest.

Digital Accessibility

Understand how accessible technologies can help people with sensory, physical and cognitive impairments. Register your interest.

Digital marketing

Get to grips with the latest trends in digital marketing. Register your interest.

Linked Data MOOC

Learn the power of linked data and how it's revolutionising the web. Register your interest.

Learning in the network age

Discover what it means to learn in a networked world and make use of your own personal learning network. Register your interest.

Secure Android App Development

Get an introduction to mobile app security and learn how to develop secure Android applications. Register your interest.

Shipwrecks and submerged worlds

Gain an insight into our changing relationship with seas and oceans. Register your interest.

APP on iTunes U

Watch and listen to free-to-download video and audio content on . You can learn about a range of academic subjects, our world-leading research activity and university life.

APP iTunes U

iTunes U is a channel within the iTunes store, Apple’s online digital media store. You can download educational content for free using the iTunes software straight to your PC or Mac, iPad, iPod and iPhone.

Install iTunes

Before downloading our content, you will first need to install the iTunes application. to download and install the iTunes application.

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Podcast library

Visit our Podcast library to listen to lectures and talks on a wide range of topics, recorded by our Lifelong Learning team so you can listen where and when suits you.

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