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Course types
Short courses

Short Courses

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

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.


Communication is essential in building connections and helping us understand the world we live in, both now and in the future. Develop these skills with just a few hours' study per unit.

Use a short course to aid your professional development or simply explore this rapidly evolving subject.

Languages and cultures

Want to learn a new language, but never have the time? You do now! Our language short courses are broken down into bite-sized units that each take just a few hours to study.

Designed to fit around your life, you can choose from short courses in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Welsh.

Project management

Projects are how organisations make things happen and with a short course we can help you develop the skills needed in this key area.

You'll be taken through the cycle of a project, from early conception and defining the scope through to the evaluation and lesson learned.