About MOOCs

MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses – web-based courses that are open for everybody and can therefore attract thousands of participants. In fall 2014 Karolinska Institutet was the first Swedish university to offer MOOCs – here is how it works.

Karolinska Institutet has ended the agreement with edX and all course material will be removed by May 19th 2021. Existing course certificates can be downloaded as long as the course is accessible on edX but for now there is no alternative platform. All course material will be archived.

Signing up

KI’s MOOCs are available on the international education platform edX. You can register for all of Karolinska Institutet’s MOOCs on the edX website. You will have to create a profile, but it is free and there are no entry requirements.

Course Design

The MOOCs offered by Karolinska Institutet have a duration between five and six weeks. They consist of video lectures, online exercises, course literature, practical tasks and interaction with other course participants. The exact course design and activities differ between the courses, but all material that is needed can be found on edx.org once you sign up for a course. Usually one needs about 8 hours per week for studying when taking a MOOC.


Signing up and taking a MOOC is completely free and open for everybody, that is why several thousand participants register for these online courses.

The MOOCs offered by Karolinska Institutet are not part of the university’s regular education programs – participants will not receive any credit points. One can choose between simply auditing a course or participating in all tasks and exercises. If your work is satisfactory, you'll receive a personalized certificate to showcase your achievement.

Why take a MOOC?

MOOCs are fun and interactive courses often offered by the world’s leading universities. When signing up for a MOOC you get access to world class education in various interesting fields.

On edx.org you can choose between hundreds of courses by e.g. Harvard University, UC Berkeley and Columbia University and you can get to know other participants from around the world.