Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

A MOOC is a free, open, online courses designed to offer a taste of higher education to learners from across the UK and the world. The University of Birmingham is delivering new MOOCs in partnership with FutureLearn, the UK’s first MOOCs provider established by The Open University. 

Delivered by world-class academics from the University of Birmingham, the courses enable learners worldwide to sample high-quality academic content via an interactive web-based platform from a leading global university, increasing access to higher education for a whole new cohort of learners. 

The courses are developed by senior academic staff and their content is reviewed regularly, taking into account student feedback. The courses do not offer credits towards admission to the University of Birmingham.

Our MOOCs

Good Brain, Bad Brain – Drug Origins

Good Brain, Bad Brain – Drug Origins

Description
Currently running.This course is designed for anyone who has ever wondered how the drugs in their medicine cabinet were found in the first place and how they have ended up as pills in a bottle.
Liver Disease: Looking After Your Liver

Liver Disease: Looking After Your Liver

Description
Starts on 25th May 2015. This course will teach you about the amazing roles the liver fulfils to keep you healthy and will show you how these functions are compromised when the liver is damaged.
Improving your image: Dental Photography in Practice

Improving your image: Dental Photography in Practice

Description
Start on 25th May 2015. This course promotes the use of digital photography in dental practices, and gives participants the information and techniques to achieve good quality consistent results.
Good Brain, Bad Brain – Basics of the Brain

Good Brain, Bad Brain – Basics of the Brain

Description
Starts 8th June 2015 This course offers an introduction to the brain, looking at what it's made of, how these components are organised and how they function.
Good Brain, Bad Brain – Parkinson's Disease

Good Brain, Bad Brain – Parkinson's Disease

Description
Starts 12th October 2015. This course offers an exploration into Parkinson's disease; how it affects people, what causes it, ameliorating the symptoms and what we don't yet know about it.
Cooperation in the Contemporary World

Cooperation in the Contemporary World

Description
Cooperation in the Contemporary World will explore the puzzle of cooperation and will introduce you to the diversity and complexity of all its forms. You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of practical case studies, each led by a different leading expert and designed to enable you to consider what approaches can be used to make sense of these issues, as well as some of the political strategies that were used to meet them.
What is Character? Virtue Ethics in Education

What is Character? Virtue Ethics in Education

Description
Start date TBA. This course will tap into this increasing interest and answer important questions such as what is character and character education, why is it important and can it be taught?
World War I: Aviation Comes of Age

World War I: Aviation Comes of Age

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. This course will look at how technological innovations turned the aeroplane into a machine of war and how British factories developed to supply the pilots of the Western Front with aircraft and ammunition.
Shakespeare's Hamlet: Text, performance and culture

Shakespeare's Hamlet: Text, performance and culture

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. This course provides an online introductory course about Shakespeare's Hamlet, the most famous and much-discussed play ever written.
Much Ado About Nothing: In Performance

Much Ado About Nothing: In Performance

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. This course is aimed at those with an interest in Shakespeare, and those who share a thirst for knowledge and the fascination of the performance of Shakespeare plays.