Make yourself. At home.

It's the perfect time to study online at home with the University of London, and unlock a wealth of knowledge from some of the world's greatest academic institutions.

Our free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) provide you with an opportunity to start studying from home to develop a personal interest, as a stepping stone to new career opportunities, or to help enhance your career as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).

We also offer a wide range of competitively priced online undergraduate and master’s programmes as well as individual courses and modules from our degrees.

Study online for free or take a world-class degree.

Our short open courses range from "Management Skills for International Business" to "Introduction to Computer Programming" and you can register for free on many of them.

Some of our free online courses are also designed to prepare you to take the next step towards studying one of our flexible degree programmes. You'll be introduced to the kind of themes that appear in our online degree programmes, such as the BSc Computer Science and Global MBA.

The University of London has been a trusted provider of distance and flexible learning for over 160 years. Our courses are developed in collaboration and academically supported by world experts at University of London's renowned member institutions.

MOOCs available to study

How MOOCs work

MOOCs are delivered through the Coursera platform. You can register for free on many of our short open courses. If you would like a certificate of completion, a one off payment is made to Coursera for individual MOOCs.

We offer specialisations in some subject areas including Business and Management and Computing and Information Systems. You can access individual courses in a specialisation for free (in audit mode) or pay a monthly subscription fee to complete the full specialisation and receive your certification. Financial aid is available for those who cannot afford the course fee.

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Business and Management

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Computing and Information Systems

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Humanities, Social Sciences, Development

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Teaching and Learning in Education

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Further study opportunities

Postgraduate and undergraduate programmes

Some of our MOOCs are designed to introduce you to themes that appear in our online degree programmes. We offer a range of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes that can be studied from anywhere in the world.

Our programmes are developed with prestigious member institutions. Your degree will be internationally recognised and valued across the globe. 

Browse our postgraduate degree programmes.

Browse our undergraduate degree programmes.

Individual courses and modules

Many of our distance-learning and online degree programmes are split into courses or modules that can be studied individually.

If you later decide that you would like to continue your studies, you may be able to transfer the credit of any completed modules towards a full qualification.

Browse individual courses and modules.

Recognised expertise in online learning

The University of London’s distinguished history of distance learning dates back to 1858.

We are dedicated to fostering the development of expertise in the field of distance education through collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

Read more on how we support teaching and research in distance learning.


  • 160+ : Years of academic excellence and innovation
  • 100+ : Degrees, diplomas and certificates
  • 1.6M : Our MOOC registrations - 1.6 million, and rising