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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People Studying People: Research Ethics in Society

Next start date: 5 February 2018

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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Discovering Your PhD Potential: Writing a Research Proposal

Next start date: TBC

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

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England in the Time of King Richard III

Next start date: 8 January 2018

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.

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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.

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Museum of Liverpool at nightBehind 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.

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King Power StadiumEnglish Football: a Social History

Next start date: 29 January 2018

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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shot of the side of the center for medicineConcepts in Sustainable Development

Next start date: 15 January 2018

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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