SOAS University of London

Online and Distance Learning

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Try a free taster course to get an introduction in a new subject. Our MOOCs are general level courses that require only one to two hours commitment each week. 

Global Diplomacy – Diplomacy in the Modern World

This course brings together cutting edge research in the broad fields of Diplomatic and International Studies to explore diplomacy in the modern world, evaluate diplomatic success and failures and diplomacy in action.

Duration: 5 weeks, 1- 2 hours/week

Taught by: Dr J. Simon Rofe

Global Diplomacy – The United Nations in the World 


The Global Diplomacy: The United Nations in the World MOOC will offer a well-researched and broad-ranging primer to the United Nations system, providing students with an introduction to the complex UN family and its history, and a series of ‘snapshots’ of key UN functions. Through the exploration of these important UN themes,
learners will develop important analysis, communication, and policy-based skills.

Duration: 6 weeks, 1- 2 hours/week

Taught by: Dr Dan Plesch, Dr Ashley Cox

Global Energy and Climate Policy 

As energy markets go truly global, domestic energy policies are becoming more and more entangled with wider issues of international governance. In this MOOC students will explore the changing role of fossil fuels, nuclear power, renewables, climate and energy governance, energy security, as well as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and its implications for both international and domestic action. Students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of how energy and climate change policies are designed, shaped, advocated and implemented.

Duration: 6 weeks, 1- 2 hours/week

Taught by: Dr Harald Heubaum

Risk Management in the Global Economy

What is risk? Why does it matter, to us and to the financial markets? What are the principles that drive the management of risk? Can we ensure that these principles are implemented wisely?

Duration: 4 weeks, 2 hours/week

Taught by: Professor Pasquale Scaramozzino

Understanding Public Financial Management: How Is Your Money Spent?

This free online course will provide you with the knowledge and tools to understand and evaluate the management of financial resources across the public sector, wherever you are.

Duration: 4 weeks, 4 hours/week

Taught by: Dr Alberto Asquer

Understanding Research Methods (4 weeks)

This MOOC is about demystifying research and research methods. It will outline the fundamentals of doing research, aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at the postgraduate level.

Duration: 4 weeks, 2 - 3 hours/week

Taught by: Dr J. Simon Rofe & Dr Yenn Lee