UCT offers 23 open online courses hosted on FutureLearn and Coursera that are free and that anyone can join. There are no entry requirements and these are not for university credit. You can choose to purchase a certificate, and in some cases financial aid is available. 

We hope you find a course from the list below that excites you; sign up or register your interest. Find out more about learning in a MOOC, making MOOCs and UCTMOOCs in the news.




Popular courses for everyone

Becoming a changemaker:
Introduction to Social Innovation


Learn about, or improve the quality of
your social innovation knowledge.

Dr Francois Bonnici, A/Prof Warren Nilsson & Dr Marlon Parker
Bertha Centre, Graduate School of Business

6 weeks, on Coursera


Extinctions: Past and Present

Discover the diversity of life on earth,
the impacts of five past mass
extinctions and the prospect of a sixth extinction.

Prof Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan
Biological Sciences


5 weeks, on FutureLearn


Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare

Explore the field of medical humanities
- the intersection of the arts,
humanities and healthcare.

Prof Steve Reid & A/Prof Susan Levine
Primary Healthcare & Anthropology

6 weeks, on FutureLearn


What is a Mind?

Explore the most pertinent scientific
and philosophical concepts for
understanding our own minds.

Prof Mark Solms

6 weeks, on FutureLearn


Courses for research and development professionals

Climate Change Mitigation in
Developing Countries

Challenges you to consider how one
might lift societies out of poverty while
also mitigating greenhouse gas

Professor Harald Winkler
Energy Research Centre

6 weeks, on Coursera


Climate Adaptation in Africa

This course focuses on climate change
impacts across Africa, dealing with
concepts of vulnerability, adaptation,
sustainable development and
climate-resilient development.

Professor Mark New
African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI)

6 weeks, on Coursera


Large Marine Ecosystems: Assessment and Management

This course introduces the concepts and tools for assessing and managing Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs).


A/Prof Coleen Moloney
Biological Sciences (with NOAA, IW:LEARN, GEF, UNDP, UNESCO-IOC)

6 weeks, on Coursera


Research for Impact

Learn a set of principles and practices that will make your research more impactful.

Prof Mark New & Mr Jesse DeMaria-Kinney 
African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) with Oxfam, UK

6 weeks, on Coursera


Courses focused on innovation and technology

Innovative Finance:
Hacking finance to change the world

Design and build innovative finance
strategies to catalyse social impact in a business or community.

Ms Aunnie Patton Power
Bertha Centre, Graduate School of Business 

5 weeks, on Coursera


Fintech Regulation in Emerging
Markets and the Rise of Fintech Companies

Learn about the major financial crises
and fintech regulation in emerging
markets using case studies.

A/Prof Co-Pierre Georg
African Institute for Financial Markets and Risk Management

4 weeks, on Coursera


How Entrepreneurs in Emerging
Markets can master Blockchain

Discover the potential of blockchain
and artificial intelligence for start-ups in emerging markets.

A/Prof Co-Pierre Georg

African Institute for Financial Markets and Risk Management

4 weeks, on Coursera


Building Fintech Startups in Emerging Markets

Offers steps to get going on your entrepreneurial journey in the Fintech field, with basic business planning tools and interviews with a variety of start-up companies.

A/Prof Co-Pierre Georg
African Institute for Financial Markets and Risk Management

4 weeks, on Coursera


Julia Scientific Programming

An introduction to a new programming
language developed specifically for
high-performance scientific computing.

Dr Henri Laurie &  Dr Juan H Klopper
Mathematics & Surgery

4 weeks, on Coursera


Courses for health professionals

Understanding Clinical Research:
Behind the Statistics

If you have ever skipped the results
section of a medical paper because
terms like ‘confidence interval’ or
‘p-value’ go over your head, then this is the course for you.

Dr Juan H Klopper

6 weeks, on Coursera


Doing Clinical Research: Biostatistics with the Wolfram Language

With no prior coding experience, you can learn how to do biostatistical analysis for clinical research by programming with the Wolfram Language.

Dr Juan H Klopper

4 weeks, on Coursera


Organ Donation: From Death to Life

Learn about the science behind death
determination and when it is possible for deceased organ donation to take place.

Dr David Thomson

4 weeks, on Coursera


Courses focused on teaching and learning

The Unbundled University, the
Market and Digital Technology

**In partnership with the University of Leeds, UK

What is the future of universities?
Explore current issues affecting higher
education with a course featuring brand new research.

Prof Laura Czerniewicz,
Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, University of Cape Town
Prof Neil Morris,
Digital Education, University of Leeds

2 weeks, on FutureLearn


Education for All: Disability,
Diversity and Inclusion

Find out how inclusive education can
work, especially where resources are

A/Prof Judith McKenzie
Disability Studies

6 weeks, on FutureLearn


Writing your World: Finding yourself
in the academic space

This course is not just about writing
skills, it is also about engaging with the world through the concepts of identity, mobility and culture.

Dr Aditi Hunma & Dr Gideon Nomdo
Language Development

4 weeks, on Coursera


Disability Inclusion in Education:
Building Systems of Support

This course explores the support that teachers need to meet the learning needs of children with severe to profound hearing, visual or intellectual disability.

A/Prof Judith McKenzie
Disability Studies with the Christoffel-Blinden Mission (CBM)

5 weeks, on Coursera


Educating Deaf Children: Becoming an Empowered Teacher

Gain knowledge and skills to provide quality and holistic education to Deaf children.

Odette Swift and Tara Kuhn 
Clinical Educator, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

4 weeks, on Coursera


Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability: Circles  of Care and Education

This course is about informing and empowering parents, caregivers, therapists and others involved in caring for and educating children with severe to profound intellectual disability by exploring what intellectual disability entails, learning about support needs, how to plan learning activities and build relationships of care and respect.

A/Prof Judith McKenzie
Disability Studies with the Christoffel-Blinden Mission (CBM)

4 weeks, on Coursera


Teaching Children with Visual Impairment: Creating Empowering Classrooms

This course empowers teachers to create classrooms that are inclusive, accessible, and attuned to children with visual impairment.

Dr Brian Watermeyer

Disability Studies scholar and Clinical Psychologist

4 weeks, on Coursera

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