Free Online Courses

We run free online courses in partnership with FutureLearn. These are sometimes referred to as 'MOOCs', or massive open online courses. You can register online to join any of the courses listed below - you just need access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone to learn with us.

Our courses re-run at regular intervals, and we are developing new courses, so if you don't find what you want, please keep an eye on this page.

Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation

Offers practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers in social sciences and humanities.

Start date 26 Sept 2016 - 8 weeks

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Influenza: How the Flu Spreads and Evolves

Learn about the history of influenza, and the annual cycle that brings seasonal flu to our shores every winter.  Also covered, is how avian and pig flus can contribute to the emergence of new pandemic strains of flu, modern laboratory diagnostics and vaccination.

Starts 3 October 2016 - 2 weeks (re runs monthly)

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Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching

Gain practical tools and theoretical insights to help dyslexic students learn second languages, with this free online course.

Start date tbc - proposed April 2017 - 4 weeks

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Radical Spirituality: the early history of the Quakers

Swarthmoor Hall

Learn about the beginnings of this radical religious group as it emerged in the north of England in the summer of 1652.

Start date tbc - 4 weeks

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Soils: Introducing the World Beneath Our Feet

Learn about soils, the variety of life they contain and how humans impact this fragile system, with this free online course.

Start date  tbc – 4 weeks

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Global Food Security: Addressing the Challenge

How will we feed an extra two billion people by the middle of this century?

Start date tbc – 8 weeks

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Wordsworth: Poetry, people and place

We will explore the great poetry of William Wordsworth with particular emphasis on his writing process and the importance for him of the inspirational landscape of the Lake District.

Start date tbc - 4 weeks

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Palliative Care: Making it work

Learn what palliative care is and how it can be integrated into general medical care.

Start date tbc - 3 weeks

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