Free online courses

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

Cardiff is one of the first universities to join FutureLearn, the first UK-led provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

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.

The Informed Health Consumer: Making Sense of Evidence

Duration of course 4 week course
Amount of study per week 3 hours per week

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Registration is open
Course goes live – 7 September 2015

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.

Muslims in Britain: changes and challenges

Duration of course 4 week course
Amount of study per week 4 hours per week

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Registration opens - 17th November 2014
Course goes live - 9th Feb 2015

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

Duration of course 5 week course
Amount of study per week 4 hours per week

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Registration opens - 15th December 2014
Course goes live - 16th March 2015

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.