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

Cancer Immunotherapy: a Step Change in Cancer Treatment

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. Understand how immunotherapy is starting to tackle cancer. This free online course will teach you about the amazing job your immune system does in keeping you healthy, and how we can exploit it to fight cancer.
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. It explores the historical and theoretical roots of youth social action and character, and positions participation in social action as a journey for young people.

Liver Transplants: The Ins and Outs

Description
Currently running. This free, online course will teach you about the fascinating field of liver transplantation. We will cover the history of liver transplantation - from early experiments in the late 1960s to exciting new technological advances in organ preservation happening today.
Outstanding Physical Education Lessons

Outstanding Physical Education Lessons

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. This course is designed to support practitioners of physical education design and deliver high quality – or outstanding – PE lessons.
Youth Football Coaching: Developing Creative Players

Youth Football Coaching: Developing Creative Players

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. This course is designed to cater for the diverse and individual needs of practitioners working or wishing to work within the context of physical education.
Liver Disease: Looking After Your Liver

Liver Disease: Looking After Your Liver

Description
Starts 8 January 2018. 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.
Metabolomics: Understanding Metabolism in the 21st Century

Metabolomics: Understanding Metabolism in the 21st Century

Description
Starts 15 January 2018. This course provides an introduction to metabolomics and explains how this emerging field is revolutionising our understanding of metabolism.
Improving your image: Dental Photography in Practice

Improving your image: Dental Photography in Practice

Description
Starts 5 March 2018. 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

Good Brain, Bad Brain – Basics

Description
Starts 15 January 2018. 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
Next start date to be confirmed. 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
Starts 19 February 2018. 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.
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?
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.
Corporate Lawyers: Ethics, Regulation and Purpose

Corporate Lawyers: Ethics, Regulation and Purpose

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. This MOOC will teach you about the role of lawyers in society and about how they can (and should) balance their obligations to their clients against wider obligations to the public interest.
Dementia: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour

Dementia: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. 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.
Othello: In Performance

Othello: In Performance

Description
Next start date to be confirmed. This course will allow you to discover how the performances and interpretations of Othello have evolved from its first performance in 1604 to the present day.
The Birmingham Qur'an: Its Journey from the Islamic Heartlands

The Birmingham Qur'an: Its Journey from the Islamic Heartlands

Description
Currently running. Explore the history and significance of the Birmingham Qur'an, and its journey from late Antiquity Middle East to contemporary UK.

Electrical Engineering: Sensing, powering and controlling

Description
Currently running. Get a taste of an electrical engineering degree. Build your confidence in communicating ideas and using technical vocabulary.

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.