Cryptocurrency Investment and Disruption

  • Online certificate course
  • Department of Management
  • Application code OCC-CRY
  • Starting 2018

The exponential growth and volatility of cryptocurrencies and the distributed ledger technology underpinning them has led to a global interest in cryptoassets, ICOs and the distribution of digital wealth. Private organisations, individual investors, financial service firms, governments and regulatory bodies worldwide are taking note of this highly disruptive trend. And in such a volatile environment, it can be difficult for potential investors and businesses to make sense of, and accurately evaluate, cryptocurrencies and their uses.

For over one hundred years, LSE’s motto has been to “understand the causes of things”. This online certificate course pairs practical cryptoasset knowledge with the theoretical thought leadership for which LSE is renowned. You will learn the practical skills to interact with cryptocurrency exchanges – including how to use wallets and evaluate the analytics of an ICO (Initial Coin Offering).

You’ll also explore how cryptocurrencies and blockchain will shape the future of money, markets and industries with your international cohort of professionals. Set against theoretical frameworks from LSE, the knowledge you gain in this course will enable you to critically engage with and assess the causes of things in the cryptoasset world - not only in today’s volatile cryptocurrency market, but for years to come.

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 and the economy. You will not be given cryptocurrency investing advice, or investment or financial advice of any nature.

CPD Certified

This 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.

Programme details

Key facts

Registrations close: 22 August 2018

Course starts: 14 August 2018

Duration: 6 weeks (excluding orientation) 

Commitment: 7 - 10 hours per week

Fee: £ 1,800

Course outcomes

  • Develop the ability to invest in cryptoassets, using your knowledge of the theoretical frameworks, and the technology and regulations behind them

  • Gain a unique cryptocurrency taxonomy that you can apply to the analysis and valuation of any cryptoasset (and to other disruption cases in future)

  • Enhance your way of thinking about cryptocurrency markets and the future of money, based on academic theory and expert insights

  • Explore ICOs and compare cryptocurrencies to traditional finance models

  • Discuss how cryptocurrency markets and traditional finance markets will intersect in future - shaping the future of money

  • Understand how the distributed ledger technology behind cryptocurrencies will radically reshape the business world and transform major industries

  • Earn a certificate from LSE

Programme structure

  • Orientation Module

  • Module 1: What are cryptocurrencies and the blockchain?

  • Module 2: The cryptocurrency infrastructure and ecosystem

  • Module 3: Money, value, markets and institutions

  • Module 4: Cryptocurrency market analysis, trading and investment  

  • Module 5: Cryptocurrency regulation and risks

  • Module 6: Cryptocurrencies in a global innovation context


  • Convenor: Dr Carsten Sørensen
    Associate Professor of Information Systems and Innovation


There are no prerequisites for this course.


This course is presented entirely online, in collaboration with leaders in online education, GetSmarter.

Modules are released on a weekly basis, and can be completed in your own time and at your own pace.

This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for online courses.

Reading materials

All reading materials for this course will be made accessible to you through the Online Campus. Notes for each module are often downloadable, and you are able to save any information or collateral you use to your personal profile.

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