Our online courses are led by top academics at the forefront of their subjects and explore a wide variety of topics. Research is at the core of our learning and teaching, and we draw on the latest discoveries to inform our online courses.

The University offers a range of short online courses, or MOOCs on FutureLearn and Coursera. Most of our courses are free, have no entry requirements and they can all be completed at a pace that suits you. Each course explores different subject areas through videos, articles and other online activities. Join discussions with other learners worldwide.  Get extra benefits by upgrading your course, including a shareable online record of your achievements. You can add to your LinkedIn profile or CV.

The University also runs  online and distance learning degree courses. These courses give you the flexibility to combine your studies with your work wherever you are in the world. They are supported by our Virtual Learning Environment. Entry requirements and course structure will vary for each individual course. Visit our Coursefinder for course-specific information.

Short online courses

These courses offer you an interactive way to explore subjects you’re passionate about for your work, studies or leisure.

Online courses for high school students

Get a taste of undergraduate study

Online courses for academic skills

Enhance your university studies by improving your academic skills

Masters taster courses

If you are considering progressing with your studies, these courses will give you a taste of different disciplines at masters level

Continuing Professional Development

Explore high-quality subjects you are passionate about and continue your professional development

New online course - COVID-19: Understanding the Research Behind the Pandemic

Discover how scientists responded to the pandemic and how they conduct innovative research to develop treatments and vaccines

Online degree courses

The University currently runs postgraduate level online and distance learning degree courses.

Online Artificial Intelligence MSc

Launch your future AI career

Online Engineering Management MSc

Prepare yourself for senior management roles

Online and distance learning degree courses

Visit our Coursefinder for course-specific information

PhD by distance learning

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures offers PhD by distance learning across most Schools

“I was really impressed by the academics on the program as they are really committed and I would recommend the Environmental Challenges program to friends and colleagues that want to acquire some more knowledge on the subject. ”
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Upcoming Events

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Jan 26

At this event we will hear from Professor Paul Cooke and Dr Rebecca King about their combined experience of using community engagement methods to address AMR.

Feb 19

An introduction to the amazing M&S fashion archive, arguably the best high street fashion archive in the UK - featuring garments from the 1920s to the present.

Mar 8

To celebrate International Women's Day, discover the lasting legacy of Flora Solomon, who established M&S's pioneering Employee Welfare Department in the 1930s.