10 Free Online Courses From the University of Edinburgh in 2021 – Business Insider


A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation.
Subscriber since
When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.
When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.
Considered one of the top global colleges, the University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest and most popular universities in the UK. But for those who can’t swing a move to Scotland, the school — like many of the best colleges — offers many of its courses for free through e-learning platforms Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn.
What is Coursera?
What is edX?
What is FutureLearn?
Free Harvard classes
Free Princeton classes
Free Yale classes
The University of Edinburgh’s online class selection is particularly diverse, ranging in subjects from literature, music, philosophy, marketing, coding, and even animal behavior. All the courses below are free to take, while some offer optional paid certificates or are part of longer paid programs.
Length: 5 weeks (19 hours total)
Featuring a different philosopher each week, this course focuses on a range of areas in philosophy to provide students with a thorough understanding of what philosophy is and what it aims to explore.
Length: 6 weeks (7 hours total)
This crash course in Western music theory walks students through pitches, scales, intervals, rhythm, form, meter, harmony, and more.
Length: 4 weeks (2 hours per week)
Expand your appreciation of literature by understanding the key elements of a great novel: plot, characterization, dialogue, and setting — using examples from the novels in the 2020 James Tait Black fiction shortlist.
Length: 6 weeks (2-3 hours per week)
The first of two courses in the Digital Marketing Fundamentals professional certificate program ($313.20), this intro class goes over the importance of marketing before diving into specific strategies.
Length: 5 weeks (12 hours total)
For those who are true beginners to coding, this intro course shows students how to code in Scratch, a comprehensive visual programming language, along with the basic principles of programming.
Length: 2 weeks (3 hours per week)
As e-learning continues to grow, this quick course shows you how to create your own online course by understanding your learners, creating active learning opportunities, and finding ways to keep content interesting for your students.
Length: 5 weeks (1-2 hours per week)

For anyone interested in finding solutions to our climate crisis, this course covers the science behind climate change, what governments and big businesses can do about it, as well as the individual actions we all can take to make a difference.
Length: 8 weeks (4-6 hours per week)
Data is used across so many fields, and if you’re curious about a career that involves statistics, this introductory course covers the fundamentals of statistics before going over simple stats you can analyze for practice.
Length: 7 weeks (10 hours total)
For animal lovers everywhere, this course covers the study of animal behavior and emotions, tying it into the bigger picture of animal welfare and public policy.
Length: 3 weeks (12 hours total)
Living up to its name, this course shows you tangible, real ways to increase your physical activity throughout the day in manageable, easy steps (no pun intended).

Sign up for Insider Reviews’ weekly newsletter for more buying advice and great deals.

You can purchase syndication rights to this story here.

Disclosure: Written and researched by the Insider Reviews team. We highlight products and services you might find interesting. If you buy them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our partners. We may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. We operate independently from our advertising team. We welcome your feedback. Email us at [email protected].
For you