The Big List of Free University Courses

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    I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of university modules/courses which you can study (in English) via distance learning for free. Maybe you're looking for a way to cut the cost of a degree, or perhaps you would like to do something a bit different to make your UCAS application stand out. Some of these modules require 60 ECTS (1 year of university study) to enol, but the majority are open to everyone.

    You can also visit Sweden's university admissions website and use the search function to find newer modules which may not be featured on this list.

    Uppsala University

    American History (7.5 ECTS)
    American Politics (7.5 ECTS)
    Ancient Near East: Introduction (7.5 ECTS)
    Applied Pharmaceutical Bioinformatics (5 ECTS)
    Applied Pharmaceutical Structural Bioinformatics (5 ECTS)
    Bioinformatic Analyses (5 ECTS)
    Bioinformatics on the Web (5 ECTS)
    Celtic History and Culture (7.5 ECTS)
    Decision Analysis in Energy Planning with Focus on Wind Power (7.5 ECTS)
    Drug Discovery Based on Natural Products (7.5 ECTS)
    Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance (7.5 ECTS)
    Energy and Environment (7.5 ECTS)
    Fundamentals of Management (7.5 ECTS)
    Hindi A1 (Beginners) (30 ECTS)
    Human-Computer Interaction (5 ECTS)
    Informatics Toolbox for Systematics (5 ECTS)
    Information Technology (7.5 ECTS)
    Introduction to Celtic Literature (7.5 ECTS)
    Introductory Course in Turkic Languages (22.5 ECTS)
    Irish Love Poetry (7.5 ECTS)
    Modern Irish I (7.5 ECTS)
    Modern Irish II (7.5 ECTS)
    Modern Irish III (7.5 ECTS)
    Modern Irish Reading (7.5 ECTS)
    Neuroethics (7.5 ECTS)
    Old Irish I (7.5 ECTS)
    Old Irish II (7.5 ECTS)
    Old Irish Reading (7.5 ECTS)
    Pharmaceutical Bioinformatics (7.5 ECTS)
    Pharmacognosy, Intermediate Course (15 ECTS)
    Preclinical Safety Assessment and Pharmacovigilance (7.5 ECTS)
    Principles of Marketing (7.5 ECTS)
    The Religions, History and Cultural History of India (7.5 ECTS)
    Welsh I (7.5 ECTS)
    Welsh II (7.5 ECTS)
    Welsh III (7.5 ECTS)
    Western Esotericism: Sex, Magic and Resistance from the Renaissance until Today (7.5 ECTS)
    Wind Energy Calculations (7.5 ECTS)
    Wind Power Basics (7.5 ECTS)
    Wind Power Installation, Operations and Maintenance (7.5 ECTS)
    Wind Power Planning and Economics (7.5 ECTS)
    Wind Power Planning and Permission (7.5 ECTS)
    Wind Power Project Development (7.5 ECTS)
    Wind Power System and Grid Integration (7.5 ECTS)
    Wind Resources (7.5 ECTS)
    Wind Turbine Technology (7.5 ECTS)

    Lund University

    Biology: Bryophyte Morphology and Identification (5 ECTS)
    Biology: Plant Systematics and Diversity (10 ECTS)
    Cultural Sciences: Intellectual Property and Digital Information - Law, Politics and Culture (7.5 ECTS)
    Economic History: The Global Economy (15 ECTS)
    Globalisation and Culture (7.5 ECTS)
    Globalisation and Gender Relations (7.5 ECTS)
    Globalisation and Social Change (7.5 ECTS)
    Globalisation and Social Policy (7.5 ECTS)
    Yiddish: Language and Literature (Beginners) (15 ECTS)
    Yiddish: Language and Literature (15 ECTS)

    Malmö University

    Caucasus Studies I (30 ECTS), modules include:
    Introduction to Caucasus Studies
    A language of the Caucasus (Georgian or Russian)
    Post-Soviet developments in the Caucasus
    History of the Caucasus

    Caucasus Studies II (30 ECTS), modules include:
    State and Nation Building in the Caucasus
    Peoples and Languages of the Caucasus
    Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Caucasus
    The Caucasus Region: Causes and Consequences of Migration

    Creative Writing I (15 ECTS)
    Creative Writing II (15 ECTS)
    Gender and sports I (7.5 ECTS)

    University of Gothenburg

    Geographical Information Systems (GIS) - Introduction (7.5 ECTS)
    Geographical Information Systems (GIS) - Part 2 (7.5 ECTS)

    Stockholm University

    BSc Earth Sciences (the majority of modules can be studied via distance learning)
    Tellus I - Physical Geography (15 ECTS)
    Tellus II - Physical Geography (12.5 ECTS)
    Mathematics III - Complex Analysis (7.5 ECTS)
    Mathematics III - Combinatorics (7.5 ECTS)
    Tropical Marine Biology (7.5 ECTS)

    Umeå University

    Applied Sports Coaching (7.5 ECTS)
    Democracy, human rights and gender: global perspectives in education (7.5 ECTS)
    Geographic Information Systems 1 - Scientific Data (7.5 ECTS)
    Geographic Information Systems 2 - Scientific Data (7.5 ECTS)
    History of Technology (7.5 ECTS)
    International Economic History (15 ECTS)
    Law and Society: Introductory Course (15 ECTS)
    The Physics of Virtual Environments (7.5 ECTS)

    Linköping University

    Swedish for Foreign Students (7.5 ECTS)

    Linnaeus University

    Introduction to Game Programming (7.5 ECTS)
    Astrophysics (7.5 ECTS)
    Computational Physics I (7.5 ECTS)
    Rock Art in northern Europe - an Introduction (7.5 ECTS)
    Digital Image Editing (7.5 ECTS)
    Structured programming with C++ (7.5 ECTS)
    Elementary number theory (7.5 ECTS)
    Internet Security (7.5 ECTS)
    Advanced Analog Electronics (7.5 ECTS)
    Introduction to Transgender studies (7.5 ECTS)
    Global Health (7.5 ECTS)
    Digital Image Editing (7.5 ECTS)
    Graphic Tools (7.5 ECTS)
    Discrete Mathematics (7.5 ECTS)
    Applied Quantum Mechanics (7.5 ECTS)
    Bioenergy Technology (7.5 ECTS)
    Sustainable energy supply (7.5 ECTS)
    Typography and digital publishing in Adobe Indesign (7.5 ECTS)
    Android for Java Programmers (7.5 ECTS)

    Dalarna University College

    Chinese Basic Training I (7.5 ECTS)
    Chinese Characters II (7.5 ECTS)
    Chinese in Speech and Writing (15 ECTS)
    Chinese in Speech and Writing II (15 ECTS)
    Chinese Oral Proficiency I (7.5 ECTS)
    Chinese Oral Proficiency II (7.5 ECTS)
    Development of Mobile and Embedded Systems (7.5 ECTS)
    Forensic Computing I (7.5 ECTS)
    Fundamentals of Programming (7.5 ECTS)
    Introduction to Internet Applications (7.5 ECTS)
    Logic and Mathematics for Computer Science (7.5 ECTS)
    Script Programming (7.5 ECTS)
    Introduction to Object-oriented Programming (7.5 ECTS)
    Qualification course in Database Systems for masterprogram in Business Intelligence (7.5 ECTS)
    Literature in English (15 ECTS)
    The History of British and American Literature and Ideas (15 ECTS)
    Engish Corpus Linguistics (7.5 ECTS)
    The Contemporary Coming-of-Age Novel in English: Female, Ethnic and Ageing Perspectives (7.5 ECTS)
    Social variation, language contact and power in English (7.5 ECTS)
    Literature and Theory (7.5 ECTS)
    Introduction to linguistic method (7.5 ECTS)
    American Fiction: 1960s to the Present (7.5 ECTS)
    Contemporary Irish Poetry: From National to Global Identities (7.5 ECTS)
    Italian: Beginners Course I (15 ECTS)
    Italian: Beginners course II (15 ECTS)
    Japanese Pop Culture Represented in Anime and Manga (7.5 ECTS)
    Modern Japan: Culture and Society (7.5 ECTS)
    European Union: Institutions and Politics (7.5 ECTS)
    Foreign Policy Analysis (7.5 ECTS)
    Globalisation - Meanings and Consequences (7.5 ECTS)
    International Organisations (7.5 ECTS)
    International Relations: an Introduction (7.5 ECTS)
    International Security (7.5 ECTS)
    Method in Social Science I - International Relations (7.5 ECTS)
    Conflict, Intervention and Peace (7.5 ECTS)
    Method in Social Science II - International Relations (7.5 ECTS)
    The EU in International Relations (7.5 ECTS)
    Portuguese: Basic Course I (15 ECTS)
    Portuguese: Basic Course II (15 ECTS)
    Human Rights and Democracy in a Global Era (30 ECTS)

    University of Tromsø

    An introduction to Circumpolar World (10 ECTS)
    Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World (15 ECTS)
    Contemporary Issues of the Circumpolar World 1: Economy (10 ECTS)
    Land and environment of the Circumpolar World (15 ECTS)
    Contemporary Issues of the Circumpolar World 2: Politics (10 ECTS)
    High north politics and Barents cooperation (10 ECTS)
    Culture and Identity in the Barents Region (10 ECTS)
    Nordic and Russian Government in a Comparative Perspective (10 ECTS)

    Nord University

    Scandinavian Politics (10 ECTS)
    History, Politics and Northern Resources (10 ECTS)
    Northern Scandinavian Societies (10 ECTS)
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    Very useful, thanks! Are these courses in English or the language for which the country the uni is in?
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    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    Very useful, thanks! Are these courses in English or the language for which the country the uni is in?
    All in English!
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of university modules/courses which you can study online for free. Maybe you're looking for a way to cut the cost of a degree, or perhaps you would like to do something a bit different to make your UCAS application stand out. Some of these modules require 60 ECTS (1 year of university study) to enol, but the majority are open to everyone.

    This list is a bit of a working progress, I will add to it as and when I find new modules. :work:

    Uppsala University

    American History (7.5 ECTS)
    This is very cool. :clap2:

    So, just for example, the first course you list...
    http://www.uu.se/en/admissions/maste...d=5EN712&typ=1
    ...has fees of SEK 11,250 (Swedish Krona) = almost £1,000 if you are outside EU. And yet they are completely free for EU...? That's amazing.

    #VoteRemain

    Oh wait... what about the SEK 900 application fee?

    Can someone use these courses to accumulate enough ECTS to actually get a degree?
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of university modules/courses which you can study online for free. Maybe you're looking for a way to cut the cost of a degree, or perhaps you would like to do something a bit different to make your UCAS application stand out. Some of these modules require 60 ECTS (1 year of university study) to enol, but the majority are open to everyone.

    This list is a bit of a working progress, I will add to it as and when I find new modules. :work:
    are they accredited?
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    (Original post by jneill)
    This is very cool. :clap2:

    So, just for example, the first course you list...
    http://www.uu.se/en/admissions/maste...d=5EN712&typ=1
    ...has fees of SEK 11,250 (Swedish Krona) = almost £1,000 if you are outside EU. And yet they are completely free for EU...? That's amazing.

    #VoteRemain

    Oh wait... what about the SEK 900 application fee?

    Can someone use these courses to accumulate enough ECTS to actually get a degree?
    Ah I forgot about the registration fee... although it is only a small fee at most universities, and I think you only pay it if you're doing a standalone module. I didn't have to pay a registration fee because I was registered on a degree.

    I think you could do 120 ECTS worth of online modules and then transfer to the Open University, thus saving yourself £10,000. You might be able to do a full degree in online modules (that's what I'm attempting to do anyway). We shall see.

    (Original post by shawtyb)
    are they accredited?
    Yes.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    Ah I forgot about the registration fee... although it is only a small fee at most universities, and I think you only pay it if you're doing a standalone module. I didn't have to pay a registration fee because I was registered on a degree.
    Well yeah, SEK 900 is approx £75. Good value

    (Original post by Snufkin)
    I think you could do 120 ECTS worth of online modules and then transfer to the Open University, thus saving yourself £10,000. You might be able to do a full degree in online modules (that's what I’m attempting to do anyway). We shall see.
    So how will that actually work (and good luck!) - you accumulate the 120 ECTS and then what? You do a final year with the OU (to get the remaining 60), and they say yeah that's great, here's a degree? For what approx cost?

    Is there a time limit to acquiring the 120?
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    (Original post by jneill)
    So how will that actually work (and good luck!) - you accumulate the 120 ECTS and then what? You do a final year with the OU (to get the remaining 60), and they say yeah that's great, here's a degree? For what approx cost?

    Is there a time limit to acquiring the 120?
    Yeah, as far as I know that's pretty much how it works. You can transfer up to 120 ECTS to the OU from any accredited university, then do the final year with the OU (which would cost about £5000 if you live in England) to get an Open Degree. A degree for 5k isn't bad at all!

    Of course, if you want a named degree then you will have to be more selective with what online modules you pick because they will need to be directly relevant to the OU degree you want to transfer into, so you may not be able to do 120 credits worth. But still, any saving is worthwhile.

    I think you have up to 16 years to complete a degree with the OU, so as long as you've done all your online modules within that time frame, there shouldn't be a problem.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    Yeah, as far as I know that's pretty much how it works. You can transfer up to 120 ECTS to the OU from any accredited university, then do the final year with the OU (which would cost about £5000 if you live in England) to get an Open Degree. A degree for 5k isn't bad at all!

    Of course, if you want a named degree then you will have to be more selective with what online modules you pick because they will need to be directly relevant to the OU degree you want to transfer into, so you may not be able to do 120 credits worth. But still, any saving is worthwhile.

    I think you have up to 16 years to complete a degree with the OU, so as long as you've done all your online modules within that time frame, there shouldn't be a problem.
    Hmm... interesting.

    So how far in are you?
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    Thank you, I'll definitely keep this bookmarked
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Hmm... interesting.

    So how far in are you?
    Ah, well I'm doing things a little differently. I did 60 ECTS with the OU a few years back, but I'm transferring those credits into the degree I've just started. The degree is made up of 90 online ECTS, and I will probably make up the last 30 credits from other online modules at another university. I spent £2500 on my OU credits, so if all goes to plan that should be the total cost of my degree because everything else is free. :awesome:
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    Bookmarked and repped, great idea - I mostly use the MIT Edu open courseware but Coursera also has lots of good stuff
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    Ah, well I'm doing things a little differently. I did 60 ECTS with the OU a few years back, but I'm transferring those credits into the degree I've just started. The degree is made up of 90 online ECTS, and I will probably make up the last 30 credits from other online modules at another university. I spent £2500 on my OU credits, so if all goes to plan that should be the total cost of my degree because everything else is free. :awesome:
    Is that you Ranulph?
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Is that you Ranulph?
    :snowman::iiam::mrfreeze:

    Maybe...
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    Ah I forgot about the registration fee... although it is only a small fee at most universities, and I think you only pay it if you're doing a standalone module. I didn't have to pay a registration fee because I was registered on a degree.

    I think you could do 120 ECTS worth of online modules and then transfer to the Open University, thus saving yourself £10,000. You might be able to do a full degree in online modules (that's what I'm attempting to do anyway). We shall see.



    Yes.
    do they count as legit qualifications though
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    (Original post by shawtyb)
    do they count as legit qualifications though
    No, most of them aren't qualifications in themselves. But does that matter?
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    No, most of them aren't qualifications in themselves. But does that matter?
    id have prefer actual quals
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    This is the most useful thread I've ever come across, and the most dangerous one for someone like me who is so easily tempted to sign up to for-credit courses in bulk
    Just look at all those language/science/computing/circumpolar study classes!
    (I call my focus "everything", not lack thereof)

    Thanks for THE LIST.
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    Just applied for Celtic History and Culture & Introduction to Celtic Literature. :excited:
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    Just applied for Celtic History and Culture & Introduction to Celtic Literature. :excited:
    PRSOM!
 
 
 
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