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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Starts early 2016

This free online course is a technical ear training programme designed to improve critical listening in a music studio context.

Average: 6.5 (6 votes)
May 23rd 2016

Understand antimicrobial resistance and how infection control can reduce it, with this free course for healthcare professionals. The World Health Organisation has warned that without urgent action, we’re headed for an era in which common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable with antibiotics for decades, can kill once more.

Average: 8.3 (3 votes)
May 16th 2016

Learn about how your liver works, ways to look after it and how liver damage is caused, studied and treated around the world.

Average: 5.5 (2 votes)
May 16th 2016

Learn to build relationships and manage contracts successfully with this free online course backed by UK government and IACCM. Contracts are fundamental to all business activities and relationships are fundamental to all contracts.
This free online course will help you understand contract management processes; give you the confidence to develop new contracts; and help you build successful relationships to implement contracts effectively.

Average: 7.8 (4 votes)
May 16th 2016

Consider how the food we grow, buy, eat and throw away relates to the global issue of food security, with this free online course. Food security is a complex, global issue, in which we all play a part. In this free online course, you’ll join experts from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading, to investigate our relationship with agriculture and your own food habits.

Average: 6.7 (3 votes)
May 16th 2016

Find out how propaganda is used to instil political ideologies and its impact on our daily lives, with this free online course. This free online course explores the building blocks of our political views: freedom, community, place, justice and choice. These words mean different things to different people – such radically different things in fact, that individuals, protest movements and entire states often go to war to assert their understanding of, say, freedom over somebody else’s.

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May 9th 2016

Learn how to use English for study at university or college and develop your writing skills, vocabulary and grammar. If you’re interested in studying at university or college in an English-speaking country, you’ll need to learn how to write using academic English. Academic writing can be very different from other types of English writing you may have done in the past. We have developed this course to help you learn the basics of academic writing and develop your English skills for study in the UK, US, Australia or other countries where English is used.

Average: 4.6 (16 votes)
May 9th 2016

Learn about the growing role of genomics in healthcare, for patient diagnoses and treatment, with this free online course.

Average: 5.2 (5 votes)
May 9th 2016

Discover how metabolomics is revolutionising our understanding of metabolism with this free online course.

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May 9th 2016

Develop an understanding of some of the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable children, with this free online course.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
May 9th 2016

Gravity runs the Universe. This free online course explains why, focussing on key concepts from the Big Bang to black holes. What is gravity? This fundamental force is the common theme between concepts as intriguing as the Big Bang, black holes, dark energy, space-time, gravitational waves and the expansion of the Universe. If these concepts pique your interest, this free online course is for you. It doesn’t require any background in physics or mathematics, just a simple curiosity about the Universe and our place in it.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
May 2nd 2016

Most people now live in cities. With populations growing, how do we make these dense future cities green, liveable and poetic? The city is humanity’s most complex and extraordinary artifact. As the world population grows and becomes ever more urban, the making of future cities is no longer just about aesthetics or convenience. Questions of sustainability and culture are more and more crucial. In fact, it can be said that, the future of the city is the future of the species.

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May 2nd 2016

Obesity is a global epidemic. As the world gets fatter, we begin to see its impact across many aspects of day-to-day life.

Average: 8 (4 votes)
May 2nd 2016

Get the most out of online learning by reflecting and sharing your learning with others.

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May 2nd 2016

Learn how water can be used in the planning of cities to improve liveability in the face of climate change and population growth. Water plays a central role in almost every aspect of our urban environment and quality of life in our cities. Alarmingly, the combined impacts of rapid population growth and climate change are now posing a severe threat to the liveability and resilience of our cities.

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May 2nd 2016

Discover just some of the ways that heroism and the First World War is portrayed through art and film. The centenary of the First World War is a time for reflection and exploration. In this short course you will discover just some of the ways that heroism is portrayed through art and film.

Average: 5.4 (8 votes)
May 2nd 2016

Learn how to apply selected statistical and machine learning techniques and tools to analyse big data. Everyone has heard of big data. Many people have big data. But only some people know what to do with big data when they have it. So what’s the problem? Well, the big problem is that the data is big—the size, complexity and diversity of datasets increases every day. This means that we need new technological or methodological solutions for analysing data. There is a great demand for people with the skills and know-how to do big data analytics.

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May 2nd 2016

Delve into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives.

Average: 5.8 (5 votes)
May 2nd 2016

Understand how business works and performance can be improved so that you can take your business forward and manage growth.

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May 2nd 2016

Understand what innovation means and consider the history and developments of innovations that are important in our daily lives.

Average: 10 (5 votes)

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