MOOCs: free online courses

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. These free online courses are available to anyone. MOOCs are courses in which participants learn through self-study, by means of a virtual learning environment. Utrecht University currently offers the following MOOCs in cooperation with Elevate:


These MOOCs have been developed and are being taught by Utrecht University, in cooperation with Elevate. On behalf of Elevate, a dedicated Program Manager has been appointed for the MOOCs. The Program Manager is responsible for incorporating the knowledge gained from the open education into the campus education at Utrecht University. Furthermore, the Program Manager ensures that the MOOCs are also used to develop other online education methods.

The MOOCs mentioned above are available through our partner website Coursera. More MOOCs are currently being developed about the topics Sustainability and Neoscience. These new MOOCs are expected to be launched in 2017.

We also offer the MOOC The Landscape of Translational Medicine, which has been developed by C-Comend.

At Elevate, we strive to improve health care knowledge worldwide by offering high quality online medical courses for researchers, which can be accessed online. We believe everyone should benefit from the best possible medical care. As a social enterprise, we especially aim to elevate the medical knowledge of health care professionals in Low- and Lower-middle-income countries. Free online courses for medical researchers are available through our MOOCs.


Are MOOCs available for free for anyone?
Yes, all MOOCs are available to everyone, free of charge.

How do I sign up for a MOOC?
That's easy: just click on one of the links above to enroll in one of these online courses. Or go to the Coursera website to see all available courses.

How can I get access to my MOOC course?
After you have enrolled in your chosen MOOC, you will receive login information to access a virtual learning environment. The learning environment will provide you with all information and content you need for the course.

Will I receive a certificate after completing a MOOC?
Yes, you will receive a certificate if you pay for the certificate and if you meet all requirements (such as succesfully completing an exam).