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.


Reversing Diabetes: Fact or Fiction?

Next start date: July 2020 (exact date TBC)

On this course, you will explore the physiological effects of weight gain and weight loss. You will consider what is meant by type 2 diabetes prevention, remission, reversal and cure.

Find out more about our Diabetes MOOC

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England in the Time of King Richard III

Next start dates: 18 May 2020; 10 August 2020; 2 November 2020

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.

Find out more about our Richard III MOOC

Discovering Your PhD Potential: Writing a Research Proposal

Next start date: 15 June 2020

Learn how to write an excellent research proposal for a postgraduate application.

Find out more about our Discovering Your PhD Potential MOOC

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People Studying People: Research Ethics in Society

Next start date: TBC

Explore what ethics is and why it is important to research, as well as reflecting on the value of ethical thinking for research.

Find out more about our Research Ethics in Society MOOC

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Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum

Next start date: TBC

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.

Find out more about our 21st Century Museum MOOC

graphic of a mouth speaking into an earAn introduction to Applied Linguistics

Next start date: 18 May 2020

You will be introduced to applied linguistics and how linguistics is applied in a range of fields - from language teaching to law.

Find out more about our Applied Linguistics MOOC

hand print depicted as a heat scanForensic Science and Criminal Justice

Next start date: TBC

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.

Find out more about our Forensic Science and Criminal Justice MOOC

King Power StadiumEnglish Football: a Social History

Next start date: TBC

You will explore the origins of football, from early clubs to professional leagues and European competition; the role of the media and formation of the Premier League; and how LCFC rose from 5,000-1 outsiders to Premier League Champions.

Find out more about our English Football MOOC

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Concepts in Sustainable Development

Next start date: 27 July 2020

In this course you will study the conceptual foundations of sustainable development, and discuss the issues around sustainability as a complex problem.

Find out more about our Sustainable Development MOOC