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.


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

TitleStart DateStatus
The Novel: realism to modernism 4 January 2016 5 places left
Psychology in the real world 4 January 2016 16 places left
Creative writing: an introduction to short story writing 4 January 2016 FULL
The early Tudors, 1485-1558 4 January 2016 8 places left
Executive coaching online 
4 January 2016 FULL
Saving planet ocean: an introduction to marine conservation 4 January 2016 13 places left
Evolution: unravelling the meaning of life 15 February 2016 13 places left
An introduction to the Roman Empire 15 February 2016 13 places left
Creative writing: an introduction to life writing 15 February 2016 8 places left
An introduction to international development: understanding contemporary issues and themes 15 February 2016 16 places left
Applying psychology to the workplace 15 February 2016 16 places left
King Lear: tragedy and beyond 15 February 2016 10 places left
Gloriana: the life and times of Elizabeth I, 1533-1603 18 April 2016 11 places left
An introduction to design thinking and design process 18 April 2016 13 places left
How did Christianity begin? 18 April 2016 12 places left
Interpersonal dynamics of executive coaching 18 April 2016 11 places left
Shakespeare and the interpretation of history 18 April 2016 13 places left
The fall of the Roman Empire 30 May 2016 15 places left
Creative writing: an introduction to short story writing 30 May 2016 11 places left
Psychology in context 30 May 2016 20 places left
Globalisation and its impact on international development 30 May 2016 18 places left
How do fossils record evolution? An exploration of the nature of the fossil record 30 May 2016 15 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.