Course Overview

Gain an in-sight and deep understanding of what is blockchain technology and how it really works (beyond the hype!) This course provides a wide overview of distributed systems, alternative consensus mechanisms, cryptoeconomics, proof-of-stake, fundamental applications of bitcoin and blockchain technology.

According to TechCrunch, blockchain-related jobs are the second fastest growing in today’s labor market, currently with 14 job openings for every 1 blockchain developer.

What you will learn

  • Synthesize your own blockchain solutions
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the specific mechanics of Bitcoin
  • Understand Bitcoin’s real-life applications and learn how to attack and destroy Bitcoin, Ethereum, smart contracts and Dapps, and alternatives to Bitcoin’s Proof-of-Work consensus algorithm
  • Enterprise-level blockchain implementations and understand the scaling struggles of blockchain and potential solutions
  • The regulation of cryptocurrencies and its implications for anonymity, and what blockchain means for the future


NO prior experience in IT or blockchain is required. Anyone with basic IT skills and interest can enroll in this course.

  • Online, Self-paced
  • Duration: 3-months
  • Language: English
  • Course Materials: Yes
  • Videos: Yes
  • Assessments: Yes
  • Fees: $198 (Incl. Certificate)

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Status: OPEN


This professional certificate course is self-paced and covers 2-main areas.

  1. Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies
  2. Blockchain Technology

Course developed by

University of California, Berkeley

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The University of California, Berkeley was chartered in 1868, and its flagship campus — envisioned as a "City of Learning" — was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Berkeley faculty consists of 1,582 full-time and 500 part-time faculty members dispersed among more than 130 academic departments and more than 80 interdisciplinary research units. Berkeley alumni have received 28 Nobel prizes, and there are eight Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and four Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty.

Your instructors

Rustie Lin

Lead Instructor, University of California, Berkeley

Rustie Lin is an undergraduate Computer Science student at the University of California, Berkeley, and is Blockchain at Berkeley’s edX team lead. Rustie has lectured for the Blockchain Fundamentals course offered at UC Berkeley, as well as given talks and workshops internationally. Rustie has also helped to develop blockchain PoCs for startups and Fortune 500 companies. Rustie’s primary interests are in mobile and distributed systems, consensus protocols, computer networks and architecture, and education.


Mengyi Gloria

Instructor, University of California, Berkeley

Gloria is an undergraduate in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Computer Science and Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Before entering the blockchain space, she was an intern at Bain & Company. With the help and guidance of the Blockchain at Berkeley community, she quickly gained knowledge in the cryptocurrency space and has since then been a discussion leader for the Blockchain Fundamentals course at UC Berkeley. She was also a scholarship recipient for the Programming Blockchain seminar taught by Jimmy Song. Gloria’s primary interests in blockchain are use case theory, distributed systems, and Bitcoin mechanics.

Nadir Akhtar

Instructor, University of California, BerkeleyX

Nadir Akhtar is an undergraduate Computer Science student at the University of California, Berkeley, and the President of Blockchain at Berkeley. He is the Quality Assurance supervisor and a transcript writer for this Blockchain Fundamentals course. Starting in Fall 2017, Nadir has guided and taught the Blockchain Fundamentals course, the world’s only accredited undergraduate blockchain/cryptocurrency course with 150+ students every semester, at UC Berkeley. In addition, he has taught blockchain workshops and courses for institutions like Qualcomm and BerkeleyLaw, along with organizations in Taiwan and Mexico. His interests span a broad number topics, from cybersecurity to game theory to distributed systems.

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Status: OPEN

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