We use cookies on this site. By browsing our site you agree to our use of cookies. Close this message Find out more

Home > About us home > News and events > Events > Free online course
More in this section Magna Carta

Free online course


Study with our world-leading experts and learn about Magna Carta and its legacy in depth. The Magna Carta and its Legacy is a free, online course run by the University of London and delivered by staff from Royal Holloway's Department of History.

After a hugely successful first run at the beginning of the year, we are running this very popular course again, starting on 15 June 2015.

Take a fascinating six-week journey through the history of Magna Carta, exploring its origins of and the impact of its legacy today.

Classes consist of lecture videos of between five and 12 minutes long. A weekly quiz relates back to what you have seen, and suggests extra reading and viewing to support your learning. In the final week you will be able to undertake a peer-assessed assignment. 

 Almost 14,000 people enrolled on the first course, with 91 per cent of respondents reporting it has improved their understanding of the topics covered, and 92 per cent saying saying they'd recommend it to others*.


Why take this course? What our participants say...

“So far I am loving this class. I am a former high school History and government teacher in the US and wished I had something of this calibre in college.”


“I’m really struck by the wide consideration of this topic, especially the dual considerations of human rights and economic liberalism. It has encouraged me to look in detail at a draft constitution which was drawn up as part of the recent Scottish Independence Referendum... (it has) has given me a real grounding to continue my personal research in this area.”


“I am taking this course with my three children and we are learning so much from the lectures and supportive materials.”


“I have really enjoyed the content over the six weeks, and I really enjoyed learning from a diverse group of lecturers, while also having the chance to see Runnymede and some of the documents and art that have been referred to during the course. I particularly enjoyed the early weeks, which looked at the signing of the document, and the machinations of King John at the time.”


“I would like to that the lecturers who have put the course together. I would also like to thank my learned colleagues that have participated with such passion on the forums. It took me back to my old university days.”


Run through the University of London's partnership with Coursera.

(*Coursera, February 2015)





Comment on this page

Did you find the information you were looking for? Is there a broken link or content that needs updating? Let us know so we can improve the page.

Note: If you need further information or have a question that cannot be satisfied by this page, please call our switchboard on +44 (0)1784 434455.

This window will close when you submit your comment.

Add Your Feedback