Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

MOOCs are short courses that are delivered online for free enabling everyone, everywhere to enjoy learning throughout their lives. The courses are self-directed, meaning you follow the course materials, complete the readings and assessments, and get help from a large community of fellow learners through online forums.

Although our MOOCs do not have formal university credits assigned to them, they meet the same academic standards that we apply to our on-campus and distance learning courses and are led and developed by world-class academics at the University of Leicester.

Courses available

England in the Time of King Richard III

You will learn about the Wars of the Roses, read medieval texts, investigate the livelihoods of medieval farmers and peasants, and discover all you need to know about the discovery of King Richard’s grave and his reinterment.

Real World Calculus

Maths is at the heart of many aspects of modern life, from playing a game on your mobile to watching a Grand Prix. This course uses familiar real world examples to help you grasp some advanced mathematical ideas.

Forensic Science and Criminal Justice

Learn how police use science in criminal investigations and its role in the criminal justice system with this free online course. You will explore the implications of new forensic techniques on the criminal justice system.

Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum

Learn how modern museums impact our world; how museums engage new audiences, how we respond emotionally to museum objects, and how museums can play a role in the pursuit of social justice, human rights and health.