Machine learning has become one of the most popular computer science algorithms over the years, with an increase in the demand for machine learning developers.

In fact, IDC estimates that AI systems spend will more than double to $79.2 billion (£65.47 billion) in 2022.

The AI application, which has been used for several advanced technology developments, may be seen as a difficult language for beginners to grasp but with a range of online courses available you can become an expert in no time.

You might also want to take a look at our list of the best online courses for Python.

  • Price: Free
  • Duration: 24 hours provides a range of courses covering machine learning and AI, including some on the basics to get started with the technology.

One example is the Introduction to machine learning for coders, which provides detailed teaching on the most important machine learning models, how to create the models from scratch and the key skills needed for data preparation and model validation.

There are also other courses to choose from for beginners and experienced learners.

These include:

Code-first introduction to natural language processing

Computational linear algebra

Practical deep learning for coders

Part 2: Deep learning from the foundations


  • Price: Free for 7 projects, $25/ £19 a month for 335 courses
  • Duration: Four to six hours

DataCamp offers hands-on training courses, with a variety of topics related to machine learning.

It offers a range of courses that show users practical lessons such as how to work on deep learning using Keras 2.0, the latest version of the library.

Some of the courses available include:

Machine Learning Toolbox

Machine Learning with Apache Spark

Designing machine learning workflows in Python

Building chatbots in Python


  • Price: Varies depending on course
  • Duration: Length varies depending on course

Udemy is a vast online learning platform aimed at professionals, covering subjects as diverse as languages to design to - the topic of most interest to us - Data and Analytics.

One particular course that caught our eye is the Data Science and Machine Learning Bootcamp with R. On this course participants will learn how to programme in R, create data visualisations and use R for machine learning algorithms.

Udemy also offers a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re not happy.

Others include: 

Machine Learning A-Z™: Hands-On Python & R In Data Science - This introductory course covers learning how to create machine learning algorithms in Python and R and is a bestseller on the site, rated 4.4 stars out of almost 50,000 reviews.

The only qualification you need to attempt the course is high school level maths. Priced at £24.99, it's made up of 41 hours on-demand video.

Python for Data Science and Machine Learning Bootcamp - Although also priced at £24.99, this course is leaner than the previous one but still houses 21.5 hours on-demand video.

Among other things, you will use Python for data science and machine learning, Spark for big data analysis and implement machine learning algorithms.

For this course, some programming experience is recommended.


  • Price: Free
  • Duration: 5 weeks

EdX offers online Machine Learning courses from Microsoft, IBM, MIT and other top universities and institutions around the world.

The Machine Learning with Python: A Practical Introduction course covers most of the basics. Students will learn about supervised vs. unsupervised learning and look at how statistical modeling relates to machine learning.

Class Central

  • Price: Free
  • Duration: 10 weeks

The Learning from Data (Introductory Machine Learning Course) is offered by California Institute of Technology through Class Central.

Both the lecturer and the syllabus come with a very high 4.5 star rating.


  • Price: Free
  • 4 months

Udacity offers a variety of different nanodegrees and courses that focus on AI and machine learning.

Its Machine Learning course by Georgia Tech lasts for four months and covers both supervised and unsupervised learning.

The course is self-paced, taught by industry professionals and completely free. It’s great for intermediate developers who want to hone their skills.


  • Price: Free
  • Duration: 60 hours

Another well-known learning platform, Coursera offers a range of courses aimed at gaining skills in machine learning.

Coursera offers a range of courses aimed at machine learning. It currently has a Machine Learning course offered by Stanford University.

The course is taught 100 percent online and draws from numerous case studies and applications. It offers a broad introduction to data mining and statistical pattern recognition.