Utrecht University offers MOOCs: Massive Online Open Courses. These are online self-study courses. As the name implies, these are free and open to everyone.

Frequently asked questions

How can I enroll in a MOOC?

You can enroll by clicking one of the MOOCs below. You will find more information about the MOOC and a link to the Coursera website where you can enroll. 

How do I access my MOOC course?

When you have chosen a MOOC and completed the enrollment process, you will receive access to the online environment from which you can take the online course. From here you will receive all the information you need to complete the course.

Do I receive a certificate when I have successfully completed a MOOC?

No, in most cases you will not receive a certificate upon completion of a MOOC via Coursera. In some cases, the educational institution will grant participants a certificate when they have completed a MOOC. If that is the case, this will be mentioned explicitly on the Coursera website

What kind of topics can I study through MOOCs?

You can take an online course in almost any research topic. MOOCs can teach you about a new language, mathematics, economics, arts, you name it.

The MOOCs of Utrecht University can be found at Coursera; an international platform for MOOCs. The available MOOCs are listed below.

MOOC: Clinical epidemiology

This online course focuses on the principles and practice of clinical epidemiology, and elaborates on examples from relevant literature. The aim is to provide you with the knowledge to evaluate and assess applied clinical research and data analyses, and give you sufficient scientific and methodological background information to actively participate in clinical studies.

During the course, you will focus on questions of diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and etiology. Several research options are available to help you address these questions, including intervention trials and case-control studies using data obtained in a clinical setting.

This MOOC includes moderated peer interaction and review assignments.

Level: intermediate
Study load: 6 weeks of approximately 4 hours per week.
Language: English

Enroll on Coursera

MOOC: Human Rights for Open Societies

This online course will offer the participants an introduction to one of the world’s most intricate human rights systems: the European Convention on Human Rights. This human rights treaty is one of the most successful tools for protecting human dignity, and it is a crucial tool to achieving an open society.

During the online course, participants will learn when and how people can turn to the European Court of Human Rights to complain about human rights violations. How the Court tries to solve many of the difficult human rights dilemmas of today. We will look, among other things, at the freedom of expression and demonstration, the right to vote, and the prohibition of discrimination. And we will address the rights of migrants, refugees, and other vulnerable groups. And, of course, we will see whether it is possible to restrict rights and if so under what conditions.

This MOOC includes moderated peer interaction and review assignments.

Level: beginner
Study load: 6 weeks of study of approximately 2-3 hours per week.
Language: English

Watch the introductory video
Enroll on Coursera

Utrecht University will develop MOOCs for all four strategic research themes.