Distance and online learning

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.


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Start Your Career as a Healthcare Professional: Online Work Related Learning

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This course will help you discover the skills needed to work in various healthcare roles. You’ll learn more about the industry, hear from various professionals, and discover the skills and attributes needed to thrive in a healthcare setting.

Find out more about our Healthcare work related learning MOOC

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Country Houses and the British Empire: How Imperialism Transformed Britain’s Colonial Countryside

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This course takes a new look at the roots and reach of the British Empire focusing on the typical country house and the objects it contains. Examining these objects will give you a unique understanding of the connections that recent historical research has found between Britain’s empire and its colonial homes.

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Reversing Diabetes: Fact or Fiction?

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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.

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Discovering Your PhD Potential: Writing a Research Proposal

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

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People Studying People: Research Ethics in Society

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

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An introduction to Applied Linguistics

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

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King Power StadiumEnglish Football: a Social History

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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.

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Concepts in Sustainable Development

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

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