Free Neuroscience MOOCs

Neuroscience MOOCs

This is a list of free neuroscience MOOCs. All of these MOOCs allow a person to learn for free. All courses listed are related to neuroscience and can help a motivated person gain knowledge important to better understanding neuroscience.

A MOOC is a massive open online course. Each MOOC is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions between students, professors, and teaching assistants. (Wikipedia MOOCs page)

The list only contains online courses that do not require any payment from students to take the course. Some of the certificates require payment, but all those listed here will be at the very least free for students to enroll in and complete.

All MOOCs listed will relate to neuroscience, brain research, neurology, psychology, mental health and cognitive sciences.

Neuroscience MOOCs available to take now or in the future

Visual Perception and the Brain
Starts Dec. 19, 2016
Duke University

Principles of fMRI 1
December 19 – January 22
Enrollment ends December 24
Johns Hopkins University & University of Colorado Boulder

Medical Neuroscience
Starts Dec. 19, 2016
Duke University

Synapses, Neurons and Brains
Starts Dec. 26, 2016
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Introduction to Programming with MATLAB
January 9 – March 19, 2016
Enrollment ends February 23
Vanderbilt University

The Brain and Space
Starts Dec. 19, 2016
Duke University

Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life
Starts Dec. 19, 2016
The University of Chicago

Older Courses

The Brain and Space
May 11, 2015 – July 30, 2015
Duke University

Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function
September 14, 2015
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Part I
Harvard University

Fundamentals of Neuroscience Part 2: Neurons and Networks
Harvard University

Good Brain, Bad Brain: Basics
June 8, 2015
University of Birmingham

Scalable Machine Learning
June 29, 2015
University of California at Berkeley

What is a Mind
May 11, 2015
University of Cape Town

Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life
February 23, 2015 – May 27, 2015
The University of Chicago

Begin Robotics
June 15, 2015
University of Reading

Computational Neuroscience
May 1, 2015 – June 28, 2015
University of Washington


Self Paced Online Learning

Here are some websites offering free MOOCs covering various topics.

Khan Academy



Course Talk


Future Learn


Stanford Online

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Neuroscience MOOCs