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Online short courses

King's College London offers a range of free online courses, hosted on FutureLearn.

These courses are created with King's academics, often featuring the latest research on a certain topic. They give learners the chance to interact with fellow students from across the world, whilst deepening their understanding and knowledge of a particular subject. 

View the full range of courses we offer on FutureLearn.

King’s International School for Government offers a range of standalone Master's level modules for mid-career professionals looking to enhance their policymaking skills and CV.

These innovative modules are developed by leading King’s academics in partnership with digital entrepreneurs, politicians, policymakers, design experts and other practitioners, offering new perspectives and skills on how to govern. Modules uniquely blend academic rigour and practical application so best to equip public servants across the world. The fee is £950 per module.

View the full range of online modules offered by the International School for Government.



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Shakespeare: Print and Performance

Learn about Shakespeare in print and performance around the world, from early modern times to today. Free course.

Join the Shakespeare course.

Integrating care: Depression, Anxiety and Physical Illness

Understand the connection between physical and mental health, and improve your ability to identify symptoms and sources of help. Free course.

Join the Integrating care course.

Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice 

Learn about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) including ADHD symptoms, the latest research and ADHD treatment. This course runs for four weeks and you can study at your own pace, accessing learning materials on your computer, laptop or mobile device. Free course.

Join the Understanding ADHD short course.

Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia 

Explore the key issues related to caring for a relative with psychosis or schizophrenia, with this short, free online course.

Find out more about the Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia course.

Key Models in Public Management: A Comparative Analysis 

This module critiques public management models and considers their application to different public policy problems in the UK and internationally. You will benefit from involvement in academic discussion and learn from relevant case studies. You will share your work-place experiences with peers to gain an understanding of how the models play out in real world situations. Fee: £950.

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User-Centred Digital Government

In recent years governments around the world have been adopting a new way of building and improving public services, one that is built on practices common to the internet, rather than practices common to traditional public administration. This new approach has been driven, across a range of nations, by a group of public servants and civil society actors who share enough similarities that we can meaningfully call it a movement. This module seeks to explain what the User-Centred Digital Government movement is and why it matters to public servants and policy makers.
Fee: £950.

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Learning What Works

Evaluation is critical. Understanding ‘what works’ is essential if we are to establish whether a policy is bringing about the outcomes we want. There are a host of potential pitfalls, methodological mistakes and design issues that need to be recognised and mitigated if we are really to know whether our solutions to problems are really solving those problems.
In this module, we explore the role of evaluation of in policy making and provide an overview of the tools of evaluation. Students will have the opportunity to critique existing evaluations and design an evaluation of their own. Fee: £950.

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Ethics, Leadership and Governance

Experimental philosophy suggests that environment has an enormous effect on ethical awareness and motivation to act. Therefore, normalising routine engagement with ethical issues in appropriate contexts is hugely important in shaping behaviour. This module looks at how, even when equipped with appropriate ethical decision-making tools, both individuals and organisations can act in unethical ways. This module will enable you to recognise and implement the practical solutions needed to prevent ethical failures at every level of an organisation. Fee: £950.

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