Cryptocurrency and Disruption online certificate course


Course information

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6 weeks, excluding orientation
7 - 10 hours per week, entirely online
GBP £2,100
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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


The rapid growth and volatility of the cryptoasset and digital currency markets have captured the attention of individual investors, media, governments, regulators, financial services institutions and businesses across the world. In such a new space, it can be difficult to make sense of the different cryptocurrencies out there, and what they actually do.

This online LSE course will provide you with the knowledge and frameworks to understand cryptrocurrencies. You will learn how people use cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets, and the mechanics of an ICO (Initial Coin Offering). You’ll also be equipped with an understanding of the underlying theory and digital infrastructure behind cryptoassets and cryptocurrencies.

In this online cryptocurrency course, you’ll learn from industry pioneers and global thought leaders, in addition to the renowned LSE academics who developed the course, all whilst building your global business network and earning a certificate from LSE.

During this course you will be provided with the information, knowledge and frameworks to deepen your understanding of blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies - how they operate and the implications for business, the economy and society. You will not be given cryptocurrency investing advice, or investment or financial advice of any nature.

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate in cryptocurrency markets and disruption from LSE in this online course and you will gain:

  • Knowledge of how people invest in cryptoassets
  • An understanding of the technology and regulation underpinning the cryptocurrency market and some of the risks involved
  • Insight into the role cryptoassets could play in shaping the future of money
  • The opportunity to give yourself and your organisation a competitive advantage by gaining insight, at an early stage, into how the distributed ledger technology behind cryptocurrencies has the potential to transform major industries
  • new framework through which you can understand cryptocurrencies and be able to critically assess future developments in this fast-moving field
CPD certification service logo This cryptocurrency course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 60 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Course curriculum

Gain a deep understanding of cryptocurrency markets as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online cryptocurrency course:

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1  What are cryptocurrencies and the blockchain?
  • Course Module 2  The cryptocurrency infrastructure and ecosystem
  • Course Module 3  Money, value, markets and institutions
  • Course Module 4  Cryptocurrency market analysis, trading and investment
  • Course Module 5 Cryptocurrency regulation and risks
  • Course Module 6  Cryptocurrencies in a global innovation context

Understand the cryptocurrency revolution, with expert insights in the field

This LSE online certificate course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider, GetSmarter. The design of this online course is led by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) faculty who, together with industry experts, will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Course Convenor

The design of this online course is led by LSE faculty who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Dr Carsten Sørensen


Associate Professor of Information Systems and Innovation

Dr Carsten Sørensen is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds a BSc in Mathematics, an MSc in computer science and a PhD in Information Systems from Aalborg University in Denmark.

Carsten has spent decades studying how the open Internet has provided a digital infrastructure for waves of innovation, new forms of collaboration, and for community building. He has consulted and conducted executive teaching with a range of large international firms and public organisations, such as Microsoft, Google, PA Consulting Group, IMF, Orange, Intel and Vodafone.

Head Tutor

The Head Tutor is a subject expert who manages the course presentation. An integral part of your learning journey, they lead a team of Tutors who provide direction, guidance, feedback and support.

Dr Enrico Rossi


LSE Fellow: Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Group

Dr Enrico Rossi is a Fellow in the Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Group in the Department of Management. His current work deals with the legalities and economics of digital infrastructures and digital technologies, with a specific focus on the meaning and the role of property and asset ownership, and on its economic, legal and philosophical implications. Enrico has a PhD in Management from LSE.

Course Contributors

This course features video guest lectures from industry pioneers and leading experts in their field, allowing you to learn from the wisdom and experience of global authorities, and to see the real-world applications of the theory covered in this finance course. The contributors to this course include, but are not limited to:


Susanne Chishti

Susanne Chishti

CEO and Founder

Professor Nigel Dodd

Professor Nigel Dodd

Head of Department of Sociology

Nick Ayton

Nick Ayton

CEO and Founder


Dave Birch

Dave Birch

Author and Advisor on Digital Financial Services

Josep Casals

Josep Casals

Decentralised Systems Engineer

Simon Dixon

Simon Dixon

CEO and Co-Founder


Garrick Hileman

Dr Garrick Hileman


Earn a certificate from LSE

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of competence from the London School of Economics and Political Science – the world's leading social science university – and use it to validate your newfound cryptocurrency market knowledge, and critical thinking skills.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.

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    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.