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

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

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.

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

Our MOOCs are delivered in partnership with FutureLearn (futurelearn.com).

Upcoming courses

Improving children's lives

Four weeks, starts 24 April 2017 (four to five hours of study per week)

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.

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From crime to punishment

Four weeks, starts 22 May 2017 (four hours of study per week)

Take a glimpse into criminal law in the UK. Throughout the course you'll work through a case study which follows the story of a suspect/defendant. You'll identify the different definitions of crime and gain an understanding of criminal justice processes in England and Wales, from investigation to prosecution and defence to sentencing. At the end you'll be asked to make a sentencing decision.

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in law. You might be thinking about studying law at university, you may already be involved in the profession, or you may just have a general interest in the subject.

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Exploring everyday chemistry

Four weeks, starts 3 July 2017 (four hours of study per week)

An insightful look into everyday chemistry and the chance to engage with one of the most highly rated chemistry departments in the UK. Topics include searching for new antibiotics, how to make the most delicious coffee and designing performance enhancing sports wear.

This course is for anyone interested in finding out more about chemistry. It's particularly useful for sixth-form students looking to study chemistry at higher education level. It could be used as an alternative to completing a chemistry-related Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and used as supporting evidence in your UCAS personal statement.

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Becoming a digital citizen

Three weeks, starts 10 July 2017 (four hours of study per week)

Explore the social, economic and political implications of using digital technologies. You'll develop a detailed understanding of what it means to be a digital citizen in the 21st century, alongside people from all walks of life. Topics include analysis of online etiquette and behaviour; the use of social media for personal, economic and political endeavors; and awareness of digital identity and security.

This course is for anyone who's interested in the most effective ways to use the internet and digital technologies, in order to engage and participate in society and politics responsibly. It's particularly useful for students and graduates looking to maximise the impact of their digital footprint and avoid common mistakes that can be off-putting to potential employers.

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