Blockchain has become one of the fastest growing areas in tech, and it’s not hard to see why.

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While originally devised for digital currency such as Bitcoin, the tech community is now finding other potential uses for this innovative technology. As a result, lots of enthusiastic individuals want to get in on the action (and we can’t say we blame them).

The distributed technology ledger represents the future and in 2019 blockchain will be more popular than ever (See here for a full definition).

If you want to learn more about this exciting area of tech then check out our top online courses below.

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Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme


​Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme

The Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme was developed by the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School and online education provider, GetSmarter to teach business leaders and innovators about the technology by showcasing best use cases, value propositions, and implementation strategies for blockchain.

The online course lasts for six weeks, with a recommended study time of 12-15 hours per week. The programme is led by a team of global blockchain experts who provide training, industry insights, discussions, videos and interviews. Case studies and industry-specific content are provided throughout the course.

  • How long: Six weeks
  • Cost: £2,350, which includes a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School on completion
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Udemy: Blockchain and Bitcoin Fundamentals


Udemy provides pay-as-you-go online courses, including lots off blockchain specific online courses, from beginner to advanced. There are too many to list here, but we've picked our favourites.

Blockchain and Bitcoin Fundamentals

This is a best-selling video course (with a PDF glossary) that encompasses all the basics.

The course currently has a 4.6 star rating and is taught by George Levy, an award-winning instructor on blockchain and Bitcoin.

There are no requirements for enrollment. You simply need to have a business interest in the subject matter and a willingness to learn. The course is currently on offer for just £11.99.

Below are some similar courses on Udemy that we also liked.

The Basics of Blockchain: Ethereum, Bitcoin, & More
Skill level: Beginner 
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Build a Blockchain and a Cryptocurrency from Scratch
Skill level: Intermediate 
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Blockchain Technology: A Guide To The Blockchain Ecosystem
Skill level: All levels
Duration: 1 hour
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IBM Blockchain Essentials


IBM Blockchain Essentials

This self-paced course is designed to give participants an understanding of blockchain principles and practices and how they can solve business problems. It provides an overview of how blockchain and distributed ledger systems works, the key concepts and use cases for the technology and how assets can be transferred in a blockchain network. 

The minimum pass mark for the course is 70 percent. The review questions are worth 40 percent and the final exam is worth 60 percent of the total course mark.

  • How long: Three hours
  • Cost: Free
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Blockchain Council: Certified Blockchain Expert


Blockchain Council: Certified Blockchain Expert

The Certified Blockchain Expert certification is an online exam-based programme focused on teaching practical blockchain knowledge.

The course is split up into six different modules and takes an estimated six hours to complete, but all the modules are self-paced meaning you can take your time and really digest the information.

  • How long: Around six hours
  • Cost: $129, which includes a lifetime access to the course content and 24/7 support for queries
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Coursera


Coursera provides a large number of courses, which include recorded video lectures, auto-grading, peer-reviewed assignments and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a sharable electronic Course Certificate. Prices vary, but the cheapest option (anywhere from $29 - $99) is the range of online courses. Here's our favourites that cover blockchain.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies
Skill level: Beginner
Duration: 18 hours
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Bitcoin Basics
Skill level: Beginner
Duration: 10 hours
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Bitcoin Specialization
Skill level: Intermediate
Duration: 10 hours per week across two months
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The Khan Academy: Bitcoin: Transaction block chains


The Khan Academy: Bitcoin: Transaction block chains

The Khan Academy offers a large range of free short video explainers and tutorials. It doesn't offer accredited courses, but is a great option for those looking for a taster of pretty complex subjects.

The Bitcoin: Transaction block chains course was created by Zulfikar Ramzan and teaches students about the mechanics of a Bitcoin transaction.

  • How long: Most videos are under 15 minutes long
  • Cost: All videos are freely available online
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Pluralsight


On-demand online courses provider Pluralsight offers a range of blockchain-specific courses. The company runs a monthly or yearly subscription, so you can get full access to its entire course database for $35 per month or $299 for the year. 

Blockchain Fundamentals
Skill level: Beginner 
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
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Surveying Blockchain Technologies for Enterprise
Skill level: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour 17 minutes
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Blockchain – Principles and Practices
Skill level: Intermediate
Duration: 2 hours 41 minutes
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Simplilearn: Blockchain Certification Training


Simplilearn: Blockchain Certification Training

Simplilearn's Blockchain Certification Training offers hands-on training on Bitcoins, Ethereum, Hyperledger, and Multichain scenarios.

The course offers an in-depth learning experience and more than 40 hands-on exercises with integrated labs, 11 practical projects, case studies and 24/7 support with dedicated project mentoring sessions.

Users can choose from the £1,099 Self-Paced Learning course, which comes with lifetime access to self-paced e-learning content, or the £1,199 Online Classroom Flexi-Pass, which also includes 90 days of flexible access to instructor-led online training classes. Simplilearn also offers corporate training solutions at prices available on request.

  • How long: 50 hours over a period of time that best suits the user
  • Cost: Prices start from £1,099
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FutureLearn: Blockchain in the Energy Sector


FutureLearn provides a host of free online courses from top universities and large organisations, including one focused on blockchain.

FutureLearn: Blockchain in the Energy Sector

This course examines the disruptive potential of blockchain technology in the energy sector, covering subjects including digital currencies, the evolution of the technology, smart contracts, decentralised applications, P2P energy trading and blockchain applied to electric vehicle charging. 

The course is open to beginners and offers both free and paid for options. Users who pay for their courses will also get access to the courses' tests and a print and digital Certificate of Achievement once they're eligible.

  • How long: Four weeks
  • Cost: Free for six weeks or £52 to access it for as long as your desired course available on the website for
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LinkedIn Learning: Blockchain: Beyond the Basics


LinkedIn Learning: Blockchain: Beyond the Basics

Taking out a membership with online course provider LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda.com) will set you back £25.19 per month for a monthly subscription or £15.12 per month for an annual subscription, which will grant you access to over 13,000 courses. We particularly like their Blockchain: Beyond the Basics course. Taught by Jonathan Reichental, this course is perfect for intermediates and can be completed in 1 hour and 30 minutes.