Oxford University has a range of courses for those people either interested in learning something new or for those who wish to supplement their current level of education. The standards are as rigorous as anyone would expect from such a high profile university and the learning is secured by academics at the forefront of their subject discipline. 

With over 50 courses to choose from there is something for most tastes. Short 10 week courses will bring you up to date with the current debates in your chosen field, whilst longer courses will lead to formal degree level qualifications or professional development. An English teacher wanting to brush up on their Shakespeare or Victorian novels could enrol in a short course, whilst a legal professional might opt for the MA in International Human Rights Law. The range of professional and qualification courses is limited at present but the department is always expanding the courses on offer. Gaining recognition for your work from Oxford University is surely an excellent way to spruce up a tired cv or to improve an application to university. It will also impress family and friends.


There are no formal entry requirements for the short courses, you simply need a passion for the subject and a willingness to engage with the learning process for the duration of the 10 week block. Learning is by online text based readings and discussions with other students enrolled on the course and the course leader. A written assessment of your learning is incorporated into each course and you will be expected to dedicate approximately 10 hours each week to studying. A demonstration of the online learning suite can be found here. The current list of subjects areas available at this level is:

Archaeology, Art History, Creative Writing, Economics, History, Literature, Local History, Mathematics, Philosophy, and Study Skills.

Most subject areas have a variety of options within them, so you can select a specialist area to cover any gaps in your knowledge.

Only five qualification courses are offered by Oxford University online. The study methods are similar to those of the short courses but the courses offer an opportunity to study a subject at greater depth. Increased involvement with a course tutor is also to be expected. The current courses available at this level are:

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  • Master of studies in International Human Rights Law.
  • Post graduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Post Graduate certificate in Nanotechnology
  • Undergraduate advanced diploma in Data and Systems Analysis
  • Undergraduate advanced diploma in Local History.

These courses require at least one year of continuous part time study and lead to an award from Oxford University. They are a fantastic way to further one's interests and to engage with learning not only at an excellent university but also with people all around the globe.

Professional courses exist for those interested in bioinformatics and biosciences, electronics, telecoms and engineering, health sciences, nanotechnology, environmental science, and effective online tutoring.