Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

A MOOC is a free, open, online course 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

Building character through youth social action

Building character through youth social action

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. This course discusses social action as a form of character development, and explores the historical and theoretical roots of youth social action and character.
Education Research: Finding and Reading Research for Teachers

Education Research: Finding and Reading Research for Teachers

Description
Starts 16 September 2019. Research provides teachers with opportunities to improve their practice and gain new knowledge to pass onto their students. Learn how to make the most of education research with this course.
Electrical Engineering: Sensing, powering and controlling

Electrical Engineering: Sensing, powering and controlling

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. Get a taste of an electrical engineering degree. Build your confidence in communicating ideas and using technical vocabulary.
Good Brain, Bad Brain – Basics

Good Brain, Bad Brain – Basics

Description
Currently running. 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 – Drug Origins

Good Brain, Bad Brain – Drug Origins

Description
Starts 18 February 2019. 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.
Good Brain, Bad Brain – Parkinson's Disease

Good Brain, Bad Brain – Parkinson's Disease

Description
Currently running. 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.
Healthy Ageing: concepts, interventions and preparing for the future

Healthy Ageing: concepts, interventions and preparing for the future

Description
Course starts 28 June 2021, and runs for 3 weeks. It will help anyone who wants to make a difference to older peoples' lives understand the consequences of ageing and how to maintain good health.
Improving your image: Dental Photography in Practice

Improving your image: Dental Photography in Practice

Description
Currently running. This course promotes the use of digital photography in dental practices, and gives participants the information and techniques to achieve good quality consistent results.
Liver Disease: Looking After Your Liver

Liver Disease: Looking After Your Liver

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. 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.
Liver Transplants: The Ins and Outs

Liver Transplants: The Ins and Outs

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. This free, online course will teach you about the fascinating field of liver transplantation.
Metabolomics: Understanding Metabolism in the 21st Century

Metabolomics: Understanding Metabolism in the 21st Century

Description
Starts 13 May 2019. This course provides an introduction to metabolomics and explains how this emerging field is revolutionising our understanding of metabolism.
Transforming Citizen Participation

Transforming Citizen Participation

Description
On this course, you will explore innovative ways to communicate within the public sector
Introduction to Randomised Controlled Trials

Introduction to Randomised Controlled Trials

Description
Introduction to Randomised Controlled Trials. Discover the importance of trials in evidence-based medicine and learn about the trial lifecycle from conception to publication.
What is Character? Virtue Ethics in Education

What is Character? Virtue Ethics in Education

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. 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?

Further online learning

  • View our distance learning directory to find out about other online learning opportunities at the University of Birmingham.
  • As part of our 100% online postgraduate degrees in business and public administration, we also offer free case study webinars. Browse our library to learn about a broad range of industry hot topics.