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FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

They believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.

They’re a private company wholly owned by The Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education.

They have 57 partners from around the world. These include many of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, such as the British Council, the British Library, the British Museum, and the National Film and Television School.

They also work with a range of internationally renowned organisations - from professional bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), to businesses like the BBC and Marks & Spencer, to the UK Government.

They launched their first courses in September 2013 and since then, 1,651,773 people have joined FutureLearn.

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Feb 20th 2017

Part 2 of 2. This course depicts the complex history of the Holocaust, highlighting its impact on our world today. The Holocaust was an inconceivable historical event, which forever robbed Western culture of its innocence. As civilized human beings, we fail to understand how events of such horror could have taken place, and how an idea so inhumanly warped could have spread like wildfire through an entire continent, instigating the systematic annihilation of millions of Jews.

Average: 5.2 (5 votes)
Jan 23rd 2017

Part 1 of 2. This course depicts the complex history of the Holocaust, highlighting its impact on our world today. The Holocaust was an inconceivable historical event, which forever robbed Western culture of its innocence. As civilized human beings, we fail to understand how events of such horror could have taken place, and how an idea so inhumanly warped could have spread like wildfire through an entire continent, instigating the systematic annihilation of millions of Jews.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Jan 23rd 2017

Find out how and why you should engage patients and communities in the development of new healthcare technology and treatments. The development of healthcare treatments has given people hope to fight diseases. However, humans are born to be afraid of advanced technologies. As such, it is critical that medical professionals have the skills to explain the benefits of treatments to patients and, ideally, involve them in the development of new treatments in the first place.

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Jan 23rd 2017

Learn how whole genome sequencing works and what it could mean for the future of healthcare with this free online course. Whole genome sequencing is a relatively new technology that allows us to ‘read’ a person’s or organism’s entire genetic code. But how does it work and what does it mean for all of us? How do scientists begin to make sense of the vast amount of information that whole genome sequencing provides? And what does this new technology mean for the future of healthcare and personalised medicine?

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Jan 23rd 2017

Learn from award-winning filmmakers about how films get from script to screen with this course from the NFTS and BFI Film Academy. Whether you’re a budding filmmaker or a film fan who wants to understand more about behind-the-scenes, this free online course from the internationally acclaimed National Film and Television School will have something for you.

Average: 5.9 (14 votes)
Jan 23rd 2017

Learn how knowledge, technology, ethics and globalisation affect businesses today, with this free online course for graduates. Are you a graduate who’s new to the world of work? Would you like to understand some of the key trends affecting organisations today? Are you keen to think about how the workplace is likely to change in future?

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Jan 23rd 2017

Explore the half of our world covered by deep ocean, and how our lives affect the hidden face of our planet. The first astronauts to leave the Earth’s orbit saw our “blue planet” for the first time. But what lies in the half of our world covered by water more than two miles deep? How are our everyday lives connected to the ocean depths, and what challenges and opportunities does this previously hidden realm hold for our future?

Average: 7 (3 votes)
Jan 23rd 2017

How do we ensure that the difficult decisions about the management of natural resources are just and fair for all? This course explores three basic principles when considering natural resource management: 1. The principles of justice. 2. Transaction costs. 3. The problem of aggregating social preferences, the so-called Arrow impossibility.

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Jan 23rd 2017

How do governments acquire and spend public money? Take a fresh look at public financial management with this free online course. What went wrong in Greece’s handling of its public debt? How does a city government like Detroit go from prosperity to bankruptcy? And how could the looting, theft and corruption in Malawi’s “cashgate” have been avoided?

Average: 8 (1 vote)
Jan 23rd 2017

Dig deeper into the life and works of Robert Burns, with this free University of Glasgow course. If you’ve ever welcomed in the New Year with a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” or enjoyed a whisky and haggis on 25 January, you’re likely to be one of the thousands, nay millions, of fans of Robert Burns around the world. Now you can celebrate the poems, songs, and legacy of the great Scottish poet in a new way - with this free online course from the University of Glasgow, which begins on Burns Night 2016.

Average: 9 (3 votes)
Jan 23rd 2017

Everyone is a thinker and a doer. Everyone is entrepreneurial. Turn your ideas into action with this free online course. Are you passionate about something that you’d like to change? Or, have you ever wanted to change something, but didn’t know how to make it happen? If these questions resonate with you join us on a four-week journey.

Average: 1.5 (2 votes)
Jan 23rd 2017

This course will help develop the key skills required for a smooth transition to university. Higher education is about learning at a higher level: developing skills relating to critical thinking; holding a supported, substantive argument; analysing and using data or sources critically. These are university-level skills but you can work on the foundations of these skills before you get there. Such skills will also help in assessments such as A-levels and extended project work. They are also attributes that employers value in graduates.

Average: 8.7 (3 votes)
Jan 23rd 2017

How a psychological understanding of our emotions and behaviour can give us new ways to improve mental health and well-being. Psychological therapies and the work of clinical psychologists are now very popular. This free online course provides an introduction to how psychologists understand emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns, and how this helps clinical psychologists make sense of their clients’ problems.

Average: 8.6 (7 votes)
Jan 16th 2017

Understand new and established genomic sequencing technologies, and how to apply them in clinical practice. Powerful new technologies have been driving forward immense and exciting changes in clinical practice.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Jan 16th 2017

Explore the history, anatomy and intelligence of robots with this free online course. Test drive robots using exciting simulations. Robots today are roving Mars, collecting data in dangerous environments, hoovering our floors, lifting patients in hospital, building cars and entertaining us in films. And, if you share Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking’s world view, the super intelligent ones may one day bring about the end of the human race.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Jan 16th 2017

The world needs people who understand how to get robots moving. Making robots move requires mathematical knowledge and programming skills. In this course, we get started on the problem of describing where things are in the world. We’ll start simply and consider the case of objects in a two-dimensional plane. We’ll then dive into control theory and begin to model dynamic systems including the electric motors and gearboxes that go into a robot. The skills you learn and the tools we use will be essential for completing the practical MATLAB exercises.

Average: 4.3 (3 votes)
Jan 16th 2017

Learn to speak, write and understand basic Norwegian, with this free, four-week, introductory foreign language course. Are you planning on going to Norway to study, travel or work? Are you interested in Norwegian culture? Are you looking for the key to the Scandinavian Model? Or a troll to marry? This free online course will give you the basic language skills needed to make new friends and cope with everyday situations, as well as being a stepping stone for a further exploration into Norwegian language, society and culture.

Average: 8 (1 vote)
Jan 16th 2017

Discover the varying uses of social media around the world and its consequences for politics, relationships and everyday life. This free online course is based on the work of nine anthropologists who each spent 15 months in fieldsites in Brazil, Chile, industrial and rural China, England, India, Italy, Trinidad and Turkey.

Average: 7 (4 votes)
Jan 16th 2017

Learn to use pricing strategies to increase your firm’s revenue, and set the right price for the right person at the right time. How do airlines, hotels, resorts and other organisations manage their prices? Why are these prices apparently unrelated to costs and different for each consumer? And what are the underlying reasons and processes behind these prices?

Average: 6.7 (3 votes)
Jan 16th 2017

Why do we age? Is there a limit to human lifespan? Can we prolong our lives? Find out with this free online course. The “why” and “how” of ageing has puzzled mankind ever since it questioned its place in the universe. However, it was only after infectious diseases became more controlled and reliable food supplies became generally available, that the rapid increase of the average lifespan made science turn its attention to study longevity and ageing.

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