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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

Digital wellbeing

Explore the impact of digital technologies on health, relationships and society.

Introducing Art History: Discovering Public Sculpture

An introduction to art history, sculpture and materiality.

Mature learners

Demystify the world of higher education and university life.

Exploring Stone Age archaeology

Further your interest in the past and archaeology.

An introduction to nursing

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

Exploring everyday chemistry

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

Engineering the future

Re-imagine how you think about engineering.

Bugs, brains and beasts

Review and reinforce biological concepts taught at A level Biology.

Introduction to cognitive psychology

Develop an understanding of cognitive psychology as an experimental science.

Pictures of youth

Examine popular visual culture for children and young people.

Accents, attitudes and identity

Discover how accents, attitudes and identity interact.