How our online short courses work


Our online courses are run asynchronously: so you do not have to be online at any specific time to take the course. They are, however, structured as ten one-week units with directed readings and guided, text-based discussions, and students should aim to be online a few times during each week. We recommend an average of ten hours study per week for online interaction and reading the set texts.

As we have students studying from around the world, the courses are designed to fit around your lifestyle from wherever you may be studying, and you can access the course whenever it is convenient for you. All discussions take place via online forums, in which students can add their comments/questions at any time.

No physical attendance is required for our short online courses. All study, communication and assessment submission is undertaken through the course site.

We strongly recommend that you contribute to the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral and very rewarding part of the course and the online learning experience.

You may find it helpful to visit our short course demonstration site where you can get a feel for the online learning environment.

The courses are open access and you can enrol online by clicking on the ‘Book now’ button on each course page.

Upcoming courses

Animal Behaviour: An Introduction (Online)

  • Short courses
  • Mon 29 Apr 2019 to 12 Jul 2019

Philosophy of Mind (Online)

  • Short courses
  • Mon 29 Apr 2019 to 12 Jul 2019

Sleep and Society (Online)

  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Mon 29 Apr 2019 to 09 Jun 2019

Study Skills (Online)

  • Short courses
  • Mon 29 Apr 2019 to 12 Jul 2019