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

Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research

  • Professional development
  • Mon 12 Jun 2017 to 18 Aug 2017

Advanced Creative Writing (Online)

  • Short courses
  • Mon 11 Sep 2017 to 24 Nov 2017

Bioethics for Beginners (Online)

  • Short courses
  • Mon 11 Sep 2017 to 24 Nov 2017

Dürer to Bruegel: Northern Renaissance Art c.1480-1580 (Online)

  • Short courses
  • Mon 11 Sep 2017 to 24 Nov 2017