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Free online content and courses (MOOCs)

Take the opportunity to sample learning with us with our free online learning courses. From MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) to open educational content and podcasts, you can study where and when it suits you, and it's all free of charge.

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

What is a MOOC?

A massive open online course (MOOC) is a free study programme designed to be studied online by large numbers of students. In addition to course materials such as video lectures, reading material, coursework and tests, MOOCs provide forums that help students and tutors build an online community.

Who takes our MOOCs?

We have welcomed nearly one million learners from 233 countries onto our courses.

Why study on a UoS MOOC?

Study with our excellent staff and enthusiastic students and enjoy learning alongside a global community of learners. Our MOOCs often include specialists from industry or other organisations.

What else should I know about UoS MOOCs?

We use our MOOCs in an integrated way in education, research and enterprise. We embed them into teaching, invite our students to collaborate with us on content and tutoring, use them to gather research data, and integrate them into partnerships with other Universities and global organisations.


University of Southampton MOOCs

Understanding insulin

Understanding insulin

Learn about how insulin works, its different types, its side effects and how to prescribe it for diabetes.

Research project

Research project

A step by step guide to shaping your research project for EPQ or IB. Open for registration.

Exploring oceans

Exploring our oceans

Explore the half of our planet covered by deep ocean and discover how our lives impact the ocean depths and marine life.

Understanding money

Understanding money

Explore how money, investment, and finance have been represented in arts, literature, and popular culture over the last 300 years.

Podcast library

Visit our Podcast library to listen to lectures and talks on a wide range of topics, recorded by our Lifelong Learning team so you can listen where and when suits you.

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