Online courses at Cambridge

Our online courses offer you the opportunity to study at Cambridge...wherever you are in the world. These short, intensive adult-learning courses are open to anyone with an interest in the topic and give you access to world-class learning led by Cambridge experts.

Join us for our Open Day at Madingley Hall on 2 April 2015. Find out about our adult education courses and choose from more than 50 free talks, tours and other events throughout the day!


Choose from a growing programme of both subject-specific and multi-disciplinary courses throughout the year, on topics including ancient history, psychology, philosophy, literature, creative writing, forensic science, religious studies and more.

This online course format includes an introductory orientation week to meet your fellow students and prepare yourself for five weeks of tutor-led independent study and discussion. You will be able to study 'anytime, anywhere' and contribute to ongoing lively discussion and debate with your fellow students and your tutor, each week. Active participation is expected and encouraged. In the final week you will receive personal feedback from your tutor, and a Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who contribute constructively to weekly discussions and exercises/assignments for the duration of the course.

During each online course you will be introduced to up-to-date and wide-ranging resources to support your study. To ensure that you are able to make full use of these resources to lead you into further exploration of your chosen topic you will retain access to your course for two years after your study with us.

To sample our online courses

Try one of our free 'taster' courses and find out what it's like to study with us online.

If you have any queries about our online courses, please contact

Current courses

Title Start Date Status
The quest for the historical Jesus 20 April 2015 13 places left
An introduction to design thinking and design process 20 April 2015 7 places left
How do fossils record evolution? An exploration of the nature of the fossil record 20 April 2015 13 places left
The fall of the Roman Empire 20 April 2015 14 places left
Creative writing: an introduction to travel writing 20 April 2015 14 places left
Executive coaching online (additional spaces added due to demand) 1 June 2015 14 places left
Psychology in context 1 June 2015 19 places left
Saving planet ocean: an introduction to marine conservation 1 June 2015 13 places left
Creative writing: an introduction to short story writing 1 June 2015 6 places left
Forensic science: poisoning 1 June 2015 11 places left
Introduction to property investment 8 June 2015 20 places left
Microfinance: how it helps the poor, and how it doesn't 14 September 2015 15 places left
Life coaching 14 September 2015 12 places left
Roman and Greek mythology 14 September 2015 13 places left
Forensic science: DNA analysis 14 September 2015 14 places left
Applying psychology to the workplace 14 September 2015 19 places left
Creative writing: an introduction to life writing 14 September 2015 15 places left
Gloriana: the life and times of Elizabeth I, 1533-1603 26 October 2015 14 places left
An introduction to international development: understanding contemporary issues and themes 26 October 2015 16 places left
Creative writing: an introduction to travel writing 26 October 2015 20 places left
Googling the earth: online resources for discovering landscape archaeology 26 October 2015 15 places left
Conservation science and ecological monitoring 26 October 2015 15 places left
Psychology in the real world 4 January 2016 20 places left

To register for a current course

Select a course from the list above for more information, including a link to our online registration system.

Past courses

The following online courses have been offered in the recent past. Click on the links below for course details, or contact us at if you would like to register your interest in a particular course.