Introduction to Blockchain Technology and Applications

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3,109 enrolled on this course

Explore blockchain technology, how it can be used to solve business problems, and its potential to disrupt socioeconomic systems.

Introduction to Blockchain


4 weeks

Weekly study

2 hours



Delve into blockchain technology’s beginnings and its ever-growing applications

Blockchain technology is essential to Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies, but its applications go far beyond that. In this four-week Blockchain course, University College London (UCL) Centre for Blockchain Technologies introduces the mechanics of blockchain and explores what they can achieve.

By the end you’ll understand how blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) can be used to solve diverse business problems, going far beyond financial concerns.

Build solid blockchain theory and use foundations

The course starts with blockchain’s beginnings, exploring its start in Bitcoin, its evolution in Ethereum, and beyond. Once you understand how blockchain and DLT work, you’ll see how they foster decentralisation across business operations.

Deepen your blockchain understanding with real-world examples

The theory that you’ll learn on this course is accompanied by practical case study examples and testimonials from real-world companies who are using blockchain and DLT.

You’ll see how the technologies are improving supply chains, data reconciliation, and overall transparency; changing the way businesses make decisions; and disrupting conventional socioeconomic systems.

Learn from the leaders in blockchain technology education

This blockchain course was specifically created by the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies, the world’s oldest and largest academic blockchain institution.

The Centre brings its years of experience in pioneering executive education for blockchain and DLT to this course and will support you as you learn from leading experts.

The flexibility of online study makes the blockchain course ideally suited to busy working professionals, allowing you to upskill and take your career to the next level without missing a beat.


Introduction to Blockchain Technology and Applications

4.7 (32 reviews)

3,109 enrolled on this course

4 weeks

2 hours per week

Digital certificate when eligible

Introductory level

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in blockchain technology and its application to business problems. Those considering a career in the field or executives exploring business use of blockchain will benefit from this comprehensive introduction.

Who will you learn with?

Nikhil Vadgama

Nikhil Vadgama is the Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. He is the Programme Director of the MSc Financial Technology and a Lecturer at the UCL Dept. of Computer Science.


Dr Paolo Tasca

Dr Paolo Tasca is a world leading authority on blockchain and cryptocurrency. Global Advisor, Serial Entrepreneur, Writer, Public Speaker and Executive Director at UCL CBT.

Who developed the course?

UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine.

UCL is among the world’s top universities, as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables. UCL currently has over 35,000 students from 150 countries and over 11,000 staff. UCL’s annual income is more than £1 billion.

UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies
The University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies was founded in 2016 to research the effects of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) and blockchain in our socio-economic systems. The centre is the nucleus for DLT and blockchain research and engagement across eight different departments at UCL and for its Research and Industry Associate network. This network consists of over 180 researchers and practitioners from UCL, other academic institutions and companies utilising DLT.

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