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.
Learn about soils, the variety of life they contain and how humans impact this fragile system, with this free online course.
Start date 20 March 2017 – 4 weeks
Gain practical tools and theoretical insights to help dyslexic students learn second languages, with this free online course.
Start date 24 April 2017 - 4 weeks
Learn about the beginnings of this radical religious group as it emerged in the north of England in the summer of 1652.
Start date 22 May 2017 - 4 weeks
Learn what palliative care is and how it can be integrated into general medical care.
Start date 5 June 2017 - 3 weeks
How will we feed an extra two billion people by the middle of this century?
Start date tbc, expected August 2017 – 8 weeks
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 4 September 2017 - 4 weeks
Offers practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers in social sciences and humanities.
Start date 25 Sept 2017 - 8 weeks
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.
Runs every 2 weeks (re runs monthly)
Discover Humphry Davy and his contribution to science and the arts
Starts 30 October 2017