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Gain a degree online in 2017! Futurelearn to launch suite of online postgrad courses

MOOC provider, FutureLearn and Deakin University in Australia launch six new postgraduate degrees online

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If you lead a busy lifestyle, finding time to fit serious study like a Master’s degree around your other commitments can be challenging. It can also be costly to have to relocate your life for your studies and travel to and from classes. With these kind of modern-day concerns in mind, online learning platform FutureLearn has launched a number of postgraduate courses you can complete from the comfort of your own own home.


FutureLearn, which was founded by the Open University and offers courses for 5.2 million learners across the world, has teamed up with top Australian university, Deakin, to create six new interesting online postgraduate degrees. It will be the first time a MOOC (massive open online course) provider has offered several degrees entirely online.


The study options available right now include master’s degrees in Cyber Security, Development & Humanitarian Action, Information Technology & Financial Planning, a graduate certificate in Diabetes Education and a graduate diploma in Property. Most of these courses have a March 2017 start date. 



Deakin is one of the first Australian universities to offer large-scale online learning

Try before you buy

Studying online can seem like a bit of a strange concept to most of us. What if you sign up and end up hating it?! Luckily, all students are eligible to enrol for free on a two-week ‘taster’ course before agreeing to continue on to degree level.  The overall course will set you back £1,500 (AUD $2,600) for one university subject, each made up of five short FutureLearn courses.

How does it work?

If you like what you see on the taster course and decide to formally enrol, you can take up to two of the five short course components at a time, while completing assignments. Assessment is done in a number of ways such as tutor-marked essays, peer reviews and exams delivered via a worldwide network of test centres.


Be part of an online student community

Don’t want to study alone without any fellow students to chat to? Fear not! You’ll be part of an online community of students, involved in discussions and debates and undertake peer reviews. Groups of students also start the course around the same time, meaning that they can encourage and motivate each other and aim to complete it at a similar pace.


Simon Nelson, CEO, FutureLearn, said: “Our aim is to allow our learners to study a full degree flexibly, whenever they like, wherever they are, fitting the courses around the rest of their lives.


“Learning with a global cohort of students who are actively contributing and engaged through our approach to social learning will deliver a rich experience for learners that we think will add a new dimension to this type of postgraduate study.”


Try a taster course today!
Check out the current taster courses available Disaster Management: Introduction To Humanitarian Aid and Cyber Security For Small And Medium Enterprises: Identifying Threats And Preventing Attacks

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