Free online courses

Our free online courses offer learners the opportunity to study anywhere at anytime. Learners from across the globe can experience a high-quality Cardiff University education and benefit from the wealth of expertise here at Cardiff.

Our courses will allow you to develop your practical skills and develop your understanding of a range of topics, from Muslims in Britain to Community Journalism.

Making Sense of Health Evidence: The Informed Consumer

Duration of course In progress, join now
Amount of study per week 3 hours per week for 4 weeks

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Every day we read or hear about new health research that looks at what might help or harm, limit or extend our lives. Health research is big business, but how do we find the evidence we need and, much more importantly, how do we judge how good that evidence is? Topics raised in this course include the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine, smoking-related illnesses and the impact of dehydration on our ability to function.

Working with Translation: Theory and Practice

Duration of course Start date: 27 February
Amount of study per week 4 hours per week for 4 weeks

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From health to the justice system, from the voluntary sector to sport and the arts, we all increasingly live and work in contexts where people speak more than one language.

Established as a profession from the third millennium BCE, translation is one of the most fundamental of human activities, allowing us to interact with one another within and across cultures. We all encounter translation in our daily life, whether we speak many languages or just one.

Whether you regularly work with translators and interpreters in your job, find yourself occasionally acting as a translator or mediator, are considering translation as a possible route of professional development, or simply ponder about the ever-present interplay of languages and cultures around you, you will benefit from this course.

The Challenge of Global Water Security

Duration of course Available now
Amount of study per week 3 hours per week for 4 weeks

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How do we achieve water security for everyone?

Over the next 30 years it is estimated that 80% of the world’s population will live in areas with high levels of water scarcity.

How do we manage this so that we can ensure global water security for both people and ecosystems?

On this course, you’ll have an introduction to the challenges of water security and find out why human activity and environmental issues are putting increasing pressure on our water resources.

You’ll explore the physical, biological and social facets connecting to water security around the globe, where you live, and what can be done to achieve water security for all.

Muslims in Britain: Changes and Challenges

Duration of course Start date: 20 February
Amount of study per week 4 hours per week for 4 weeks

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Islam is the second largest religion in the world today and dominates much of the current geopolitical discourse. People are increasingly bombarded by dramatic and at times disturbing headlines. Yet general knowledge of Muslims and their faith can be poor. Develop your understanding of Muslims and their faith through an exploration of communities in Britain.

Community Journalism: Digital and Social Media

Duration of course Not currently running
Amount of study per week 4 hours per week for 5 weeks

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Community Journalism is attracting growing public and academic interest as more and more community and hyper-local sites replace traditional local media. The course combines practical skills in setting up a community website, identifying and building an audience, creating content, establishing a workflow to sustain a site, managing an online community, media law and ethics, with a broader understanding of this new sector, how it has developed and the experience of those operating community sites.