Cryptocurrency and Disruption

  • Online certificate course
  • Department of Management
  • Application code OCC-CRY
  • Starting 2020
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Global


The exponential growth and volatility of cryptocurrencies and the distributed ledger technology underpinning them has led to a global interest in cryptoassets and the distribution of digital wealth. Private organisations, financial service firms, governments, and regulatory bodies worldwide are taking note of this highly disruptive trend. In such a volatile environment, it can be difficult for 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’ll learn how people interact with cryptocurrency structures – including exchanges, wallets and ICOs.

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. 

Programme details

Key facts

Registrations close: 23 March 2021

Course start (Orientation opens): 31 March 2021

Module 1 starts: 07 April 2021

Duration: 8 weeks: (excluding orientation)

Commitment: 7 - 10 hours per week

Fee: £ 2,100

Course outcomes

  • Learn about the theoretical frameworks, and the technology and regulations behind cryptoassets 

  • Discover a unique cryptocurrency taxonomy that you can apply to the analysis and valuation of any cryptoasset

  • Explore helpful cryptocurrency terminology, cryptoasset classes and valuable information

  • Develop an enhanced way of thinking about cryptocurrency markets and the future of money, based on academic theories and expert insight

  • Earn a certificate from LSE, validating your upgraded skills and knowledge of cryptoassets and markets

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: From bitcoin to cryptoassets

  • 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. View this Cryptocurrency and Disruption online certificate course on the GetSmarter website.

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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