Online learning worldwide with MOOCs

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are interactive online courses that are accessible around the world and free of charge. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) recognized the potential of these courses quite early: It is the first German University that develops and launches its owns MOOCs on very famous American platforms, edX and Coursera. The steadily growing offer of these courses has enriched teaching and learning in our University and gives the chance to an international and diverse audience to have access to high quality education.

Current: Make Your Own App

Course logo Make Your Own AppImage: Lehrstuhl für Ergonomie

From 02/26/18: Learn in six weeks how to utilize techniques like HTML, CSS, JavaSkript and co. to build your own software applications for desktop or mobile devices. Make Your Own app on edX

Producing MOOCs

Production of a MOOC in the media center of the Technical University of Munich (TUM)
A MOOC takes shape in the media center.Image: Andreas Heddergott

Perfectly equipped: The university's media center allows teaching staff to produce high-quality MOOCs while receiving support throughout the process. Info & Support

"MOOCs for Masters" GO ONLINE

Well prepared for the master's degree programs: "Introduction to Land Management" is the second course from the series “MOOCsforMasters” and started on September 1, 2017. You will gain insights into the complex nature of land management and learn about terms, tasks and challenges related to our land. Join the course on edX

The initiative allows students to prepare themselves for the master’s degree programs at TUM. Learn more: MOOCsforMasters

Current Courses

Introduction to MATLAB (edX)

Starts September 26, 2016, 1st session.
Language: German
Lecturer: Christian Karpfinger

Registration & Details

Introduction to Land Management (edX)

Make Your Own App (edX)

Starts February 26, 2018, 1st session.
Language: English
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Phil. Klaus Bengler, Lorenz Prasch, Dr. Antonia Conto-Kufner, Markus Zimmermann

Teaching assistants: Peter Eliseenko, Nicolas Härtwig, Gideon Kloss, Niklas Lütteken, Moritz Rettinger, Christina Rosenmöller, David Schopf, Kristina Strobl, Tim Westhoff

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The Economics of Agro-Food Value Chains (Coursera)

Completed courses

The material partially remains available on the respective platforms after the end of the course.

Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots (edX)

First session: May 6 - June 25, 2014
Re-run: May 5 - June 30, 2015
Language: Englisch
Lecturer: Dr. Jürgen Sturm und Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers

Course material

Introduction to Computer Vision (Coursera)

First Session: January 13 - February 24, 2014
Re-Run: January 19 - April 1, 2015
Language: German
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Martin Kleinsteuber

Flood Risk Management (edX)

First session: November 2 - December 21, 2017
Language: English
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Markus Disse, Prof. Dr. Heribert Nacken, Johannes Mitterer

Course material

Introduction to Trauma Surgery (Coursera)

First Session: June 20 -September 7, 2014
Language: German
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Peter Biberthaler

LOOP – Learn object-oriented programming (edX) – in German

First session: August 7 - September 10, 2017
Re-run: September 11 - Okctober 152017
Language: German
Lecturers: Prof. Peter Hubwieser, Dr. Johannes Krugel, Dr. Marc Berges, Alexandra Funke

Course material


Discover Excellence in Engineering and the Natural Sciences - Made in Germany. Discover TU9!
First Session: October 20 - December 21, 2014
Language: English
Lecturers of TUM: Prof. Dr. Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Müller, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Utschick

Course material

Six Sigma: Define and Measure (edX)

First Session: June 1 - July 27, 2017 (course 1 of 3)
Language: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Martin Grunow, Dr. Holly Claudia Ott

Course material

In partnership with the TUM School of Management, the TUM Executive Education Center (EEC) offered the TUM Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification upon the successful completion of the edX Professional Certificate Program.  Learn more

Six Sigma: Analize, Improve, Control (edX)

First Session: October 1 - December 17, 2017 (course 2 of 3)
Language: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Martin Grunow, Dr. Holly Claudia Ott

Course material

In partnership with the TUM School of Management, the TUM Executive Education Center (EEC) offered the TUM Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification upon the successful completion of the edX Professional Certificate Program.  Learn more

Software Engineering Essentials (edX)

First session: May 30 - August 1, 2017
Re-run: October 24, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Language: English
Lecturers: Prof. Ph.D. Bernd Brügge, Dr. rer. nat. Stephan Krusche, M.Sc. Andreas Seitz, M.Sc. Jan Knobloch

Course material

Quality Engineering and Management: Fundamentals of Six Sigma (edX)

First session: July 1 - September 10, 2016
Re-run: June 15 - September 15, 2016
Language: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Martin Grunow and  Dr. Holly Claudia Ott

The TUM School of Management Executive Education Center is offering the Six-Sigma Green Belt certification to course participants in combination with individual online coaching and an intensive face-to-face training in Munich.

Probability, Risk, Reliability – an Introduction for Engineers (edX)

First Session: Winter Semester 2014
Language: German
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Straub
Currently only available for TUM students after log-in via TUM-Online.

Students at TUM can earn ECTS credits when they participate in an English-language MOOC. Language Center: Guided English Self-Study



Background: Learning scenarios & more

MOOCs in action: Our online courses are not intended to replace a regular degree program. However, they can enhance the university’s teaching repertoire. For example, they can be used to prepare for a course of study, to supplement lectures or to complete practical exercises (blended learning). They can also support continuing education.

Platform providers

To make MOOCs available to the public, the university established non-exclusive partnerships with the following renowned American platform providers:

  • Coursera: Stanford University spin-off with over 12 million users and more than 115 education partners worldwide.
  • edX: Founded as a cooperation between MIT, Harvard University & the University of California, Berkeley, edX is a non-profit organization. TUM is one of the universities specially chosen by edX to offer online courses.

Our university does not pass any personal data to the platform providers. If you take part in one of our MOOCs, please refer to the data protection guidelines in the terms and conditions of the providers.

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