Undertaking further study is something that appeals to many of us at various points in our lives. Whether it’s a concerted effort at continuing professional development, or a desire to acquire knowledge about a subject simply because it’s there, the thing that stops most people is location – let’s face it, most adult education colleges simply don’t have the resources or expert teaching knowledge to deliver effective tuition in a lot of subjects.

That’s where online study comes in. This in itself doesn’t necessarily promise quality – just think of certain ‘online course’ portals where the content is user-delivered, and almost anyone can offer knowledge for sale (with everything good and bad that might imply). However, when the body offering the course is one of the UK’s most prestigious universities, you have an assurance of quality. And when the course on offer promises a six-week self-study program on Cryptocurrency Investment and Disruption, it’s all you can do not to say “shut up and take my money”.

Who’s offering this?

The London School of Economics (LSE) is offering this course, which runs for six weeks, and expects an 8-10 hour study commitment from students per week for successful completion. The tutorial team are some of the most respected names in cryptocurrency.

What does it cover?

The course assumes a starting knowledge of zero (and even if you’re already knowledgeable, it never, ever hurts to go back over the basics – you never know what gaps there are in your knowledge), and covers everything from the basics, including the cryptocurrency ecosystem, money markets, regulation and trading, through to the possible uses of cryptocurrency in a wider context.

What qualifications do I need?

None at all – if you’re looking for credibility as the cryptocurrency expert for a new startup, or even just want peace of mind for your own investment activities, this is the course for you. It will help if you’ve undertaken intensive courses of online or offline study before, of course, but there are plenty of resources online that will help you to organise your time.

What will I get out of it?

In addition to a broad-based knowledge of cryptocurrency as a whole, you’ll get a certificate to say that you have successfully completed the course – a useful piece of paper if you’re looking to use your knowledge in a wider context.

What does it cost?

The course costs £1800. If you are self-employed and in any way connected with cryptocurrency on a professional basis, this can be accounted for as continuing professional development, and could be argued as a tax deductible expense (as always, talk to your accountant!).


To have the LSE offering a course in cryptocurrency is a serious step towards “going legit”. As longtime enthusiasts, we can see the potential for blockchain and cryptocurrency, but it’s taken the wider world a while to catch on. The first degree courses can’t be far behind.