Whether you’re looking to develop skills in an area of interest or start a new career path, our online short courses help you gain the industry-relevant knowledge you need in as little as 10 weeks. 

You may be straight out of college or sixth form, or already hold an undergraduate degree – whatever your circumstances, it’s never too early or too late to try something new. Our online short courses form modules on our undergraduate business degrees, so you’ll get a glimpse of studying at higher education level with the University of Essex Online. 

All courses are delivered 100% online, part-time, so you can easily fit your studies around work and family life. And upon completion, you’ll receive 15 academic credits at undergraduate level – with the option to progress to a full degree. 

Online short courses

Business and Management Skills

Discover the difference between a leader and manager, and how to motivate teams in the workplace.


Fundamentals of Marketing

Learn the key aspects of successful marketing – from consumer influence to marketing strategy.


Human Resource Management

Gain an insight into HR theories and practices, while exploring the full talent management process and more.

Why choose an online short course

  • Our online short courses are open to everyone, with no formal entry requirements.
  • On successful completion, you can progress onto further modules or a full undergraduate degree.
  • Ideal for those without prior experience in higher education.
  • Receive a certificate awarded by the University of Essex, a top 40 UK university (Complete University Guide 2025).
  • Build fundamental academic skills such as writing, referencing and research.

“The way the material is delivered is excellent for me… there are audio, video, text and interactive components. It’s been really helpful that I can study in my own time while also engaging with my peers during live lectures.”

Eli Friedland
LLB (Hons) Law


Like all our courses, you’ll study your online short course 100% online, part-time. Our state-of-the-art virtual earning environment (VLE) allows you to access lecturecasts and resource materials 24/7. 

You can apply for an online short course using our dedicated application form; we’ll then be in touch regarding next steps.

The fee for each online short course is £771 for UK students and £809 for international students. Payment is required upfront; however, our usual alumni discount of 10% will still apply. Please note, the upfront payment discount is excluded.  

We stand by the quality of our courses but if you decide the online short course isn’t for you within 14 days, then you’ll receive a full refund as part of our moneyback guarantee 

On completion of an online short course, all students will be awarded 15 academic credits at undergraduate level. Students will also receive a digital certificate displaying the short course studied, the amount of credits awarded and a transcript.

There are various progression options available on successful completion of your online short course. You’ll have the relevant skills to start a role in your chosen industry – or you could choose to study a full undergraduate degree with us. 

If you already have an undergraduate degree but are looking to reskill in a different area, an online short course could be perfect for you. Alternatively, you may want to consider one of our postgraduate online professional courses. These are available across our business, computing and health subjects, and fully certified by the CPD Certification Service.