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.

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.

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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.

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Gender and Celebrity Culture

How do celebrities affect our identity? Find out with an introduction to intersectional studies of gender and celebrity.

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Radical Spirituality: the early history of the Quakers

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

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Palliative Care: Making it work

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

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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.

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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.

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Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation

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

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Davy: Laughing gas, Literature and the Lamp

Discover Humphry Davy and his contribution to science and the arts

Starts 29 October 2018

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Improving Palliative Care in Care Homes for Older People

Learn about palliative care in care homes and how it can be improved using the PACE Steps to Success programme.

Starts April 2019

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