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Free online courses

Designed by York academics, our massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer a short, interactive, higher education experience and the chance to be part of a global learning community.

What is a MOOC?

Our MOOCs offer the perfect way to gain an insight into York's expertise on subjects where we're leading the way on life-changing research.

Courses last three to four weeks and are delivered through online videos, quizzes, case studies and discussions with your fellow learners. You can participate from anywhere in the world, totally free of charge. All you need is an internet connection and a passion to learn. 

There are no entry requirements - the courses are open to anyone, regardless of background or location.

Our MOOCs are delivered in partnership with FutureLearn (

Upcoming courses

Exploring Stone Age archaeology

Further your interest in the past and archaeology.

Pictures of youth

Examine popular visual culture for children and young people.

Exploring everyday chemistry

Explore the chemistry behind perfume, medicine, brewing and sport.

Mature learners

Demystify the world of higher education and university life.

Accents, attitudes and identity

Discover how accents, attitudes and identity interact.

Bugs, brains and beasts

Review and reinforce biological concepts taught at A level Biology.

Engineering the Future

Re-imagine how you think about engineering.

Nursing: the application of bioscience, psychology and sociology

An introduction to nursing and where a career in nursing may lead.

From crime and punishment

Take a glimpse into criminal law in the UK.

Past courses

Digital wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing considers the impact of digital technologies on health, relationships and society. We will take into account our ability to use digital technologies positively, build relationships and networks, balance online and offline activities, and keep ourselves safe physically and virtually.

We will investigate new and established technologies and their impact on society, and present some of the positive and negatives of engagement. Learners will develop strategies for dealing with information overload, devising a positive digital identity, and for positive online participation.

Improving children's lives

Why does the UK have some of the worst poverty rates in Europe? Why do children in the UK report higher levels of unhappiness? How does this compare with children globally? In this MOOC you'll grapple with questions like these and gain a detailed understanding on why child poverty and inequality exist, and what can be done about it.

You'll explore a wide variety of issues related to the lives of children across the globe. You'll listen to children's own views of their health and wellbeing, as well as the impact of education.