Looking for high level education on cryptocurrencies and blockchain? Here’s a list of the top free online courses offered by some of the leading universities

If you’re looking for to expand your knowledge on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, I’ve gathered some of the top university courses that are available online for free. Most of these are extensive and offer an entire university semester’s worth of lectures.

In addition to the courses below, you can also find a number of other university courses on the topic on Coursera and Edx.


[Blockchain and Money]( by the *Massachusetts Institute of Technology* – Taught by MIT professor and current head of the SEC, Gary Gensler, the course offers an overview of blockchain technology and Bitcoin, with a focus on potential blockchain applications in the financial sector.


[Cryptocurrency Engineering and Design]( by the *Massachusetts Institute of Technology* – The course focuses on the design of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and how they function in practice, with an emphasis on cryptography and network architecture.


[Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies]( by *Princeton University* via Coursera – The course contains over 23 hours of material and covers everything from the basics of crypto and blockchain to an in-depth overview of Bitcoin and Altcoins.


[Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies]( by *UC Berkeley* – Online course where you can enroll for free, or receive a certificate upon completion if you pay to enroll. Covers the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency space, including smart contracts, the Ethereum platform and bulding decentralized applications


[Introduction to Hyperledger Blockchain Technologies]( by the *Linux Foundation* – This is a highly technical course that offers an in-depth overview of blockchain, distributed ledger and Hyperledger technologies.


[Blockchain and FinTech: Basics, Applications, and Limitations]( by the *University of Hong Kong* – The course focuses on the basics of blockchain technology and what types of applications are most suitable to best fit the characteristics of blockchain.


[Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: An Introduction to Digital Currencies]( by the *University of Pennsylvania* via Coursera – An overview of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies as an asset class and blockchain.


[Smart contracts]( by the *University at Buffalo* and the *State University of New York* – A course that covers the basics of designing, coding, deploying and executing smart contracts in Solidity with over 17 hours of material.


[Cryptocurrency: Beyond Bitcoin Teach-Out]( by the *University of Michigan* – Short overview of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, how they work and the impact they have on the world.


[DFIN 511: Introduction to Digital Currencies]( by the *University of Nicosia (UNIC)* – Free MOOC with the next starting date on September 27th 2021. Among other lecturers, the course will be taught by Andreas Antonopoulos.

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  1. If anyone is interested, I made a large post about FREE Computer Science and Software Engineering courses to help people become Developers… A handful of Blockchain courses among them.


  2. I have also tried to simplify few of the concepts in a simple to understand way.

    Sharing few of them here. Hope it will be of some use.

    What is Bitcoin? – [here](

    What is a Wallet? – [here](

    Bitcoin Mining – How does it work? – [here](

    Ethereum – Decentralizing Everything – [here](

    NFTs – Beyond the hype – [here](

    Would love some feedback.

  3. I watched the first half of the mit one. Its great, cleared up a lot of common terminology for me like the byzantine generals problem, what hashing is, and different types of consensus.

  4. I saved the coursera email listing the University of Michigan recommendation to me to go through later. Now I will save your post.

    One of these days I will get to it…

    Procrastination is life!

  5. Some free advice:

    Never ever pay for education on crypto or trading. Social media is jam packed with people selling online courses.

    All of the information is available for free.

  6. Been watching through the MIT blockchain and money course, it’s taught in the business school and isn’t overly technical, but still provides a great overview of what blockchain is, how it works, etc. Highly recommend it!

    Also, if you go to that website, [they have a list of course readings](, which are a bunch of helpful articles that basically constitute another source of quality information.

  7. I’ve found Meetup great for more casual seminars / discussions on crypto and blockchain. Great “meet” and discuss the industry with those in the know.



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