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Short Courses

Explore a subject without the time commitment with a short course from The Open University. Choose from courses in Arts and humanities, Business, Languages, cultures and communication or Science.

Choose from a range of subjects that can help you build a new skillset, delve into a new hobby, or offer continued professional development in your career.

Arts and humanities

Discover the diverse subjects that make up human culture and creativity with a short course exploring the broad-ranging topic of arts and humanities.

Choose from a range of new short courses, including creative writing and the study of the world of film and the media.


Whether you’re working your way up the corporate ladder or running your own company, we can help you develop the skills and attributes to get ahead in the world of business.

Choose from a range of short courses, including in-demand and transferable professional skills such as project management and finance.

Languages, cultures and communication

Want to learn a new language, but never have the time? You do now! Study our languages, cultures and communications courses at your own pace.

Designed to fit around your life, you can choose from short courses in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Welsh, artificial intelligence and intercultural competence.


Explore the fascinating subject of science and how it makes up the world around us and beyond, from molecules to infinite galaxies.

Our short courses are designed for beginners so you won’t need a background in science to study them, just an enquiring mind and a few hours a week.