Our online courses are led by top academics at the forefront of their subjects and explore a wide variety of topics. Research is at the core of our learning and teaching, and we draw on the latest discoveries to inform our online courses. The courses are free, have no entry requirements and can be completed at a pace that suits you.

Also known as Massive Open Online Courses – or MOOCs – our online courses can be accessed on FutureLearn, an e-learning platform built on the Open University’s established expertise in delivering online education.

Each course explores the subject area through a series of videos, articles, activities, and interactive material and gives you the opportunity to discuss with tutors and other learners online. 

After you successfully complete a course or a programme of courses you will have the opportunity to purchase a shareable online record of your achievements that you can add to your LinkedIn profile or CV.

Learning and collaborating

Our next online courses

Our next online courses aimed at prospective undergraduate students are listed below. They aim to develop key transferable skills before you apply to university and provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds.

If you have any questions about online courses at the University of Leeds, email digitallearning@leeds.ac.uk

    Blended learning essentials: getting started

    A free course for the vocational education and training sector to promote effective practice and pedagogy in blended learning. Sign up now

    Blended learning essentials: embedding practice

    This is the second part of a course for the vocational education and training sector to promote effective use of blended learning. Sign up now

    Starting a business 1: vision and opportunity

    Interested in starting a business? This course will help you define your vision and discover opportunities to make it happen. Sign up now

    Starting a business 2: people and networks

    Find out how working with people and exploring networks can help you take your business to the next level. Sign up now

    Starting a business 3: customers and competitors

    Find out how understanding and targeting your market can help your business stand out from the crowd. Sign up now

    Starting a business 5: managing finances

    Find out how forecasting and managing your finances can lead to a profitable and sustainable business. Sign up now

    Starting a business 6: funding your business

    Raising funds is important when starting a business; find out which source of funding is most suitable for your business idea. Sign up now

    Learning online: reflecting and sharing

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

    Exploring anatomy: the human abdomen

    Explore the anatomy of the human abdomen and understand its clinical importance. Sign up now

    The importance of money in business

    Understand the role that money plays in business success and increase your career prospects with this free online course. Sign up now

    Physical theatre: exploring the slap

    Learn about Meyerhold's form of physical theatre, biomechanics, and understand and perform 'The Slap'. Sign up now

    Innovation: the food industry

    Learn how innovation has changed the food industry, the way we shop and how we manage the global issue of food waste. Sign up now

    Learning online: managing your identity

    Reflect on how you want to present yourself online and take positive steps towards these goals. Sign up now

    Learning online: searching and researching

    Improve your online research skills and your ability to critically analyse sources of information. Sign up now

    Environmental challenges: scarcity and conflict in the natural environment

    War and conflict can severely disrupt the governance of the environment. What is the impact on both people and the environment? Sign up now

    Physical theatre: Meyerhold and biomechanics

    Learn how to practice Meyerhold's biomechanics and study its place in the history of physical theatre. Sign up now

    Innovation: the key to business success

    Understand commercial innovation, how ideas emerge and become reality, with this free online course developed with Marks & Spencer. Sign up now

    Innovation: the world's greatest

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

    Anatomy: know your abdomen

    How much do you know about your abdomen and how it works? Discover what you know already and find out more. Sign up now

    WW1 heroism: through art and film

    Discover just some of the ways that heroism and the First World War is portrayed through art and film. Sign up now

    Environmental challenges: justice in natural resource management

    How do we ensure that the difficult decisions about the management of natural resources are just and fair for all. Sign up now

    Environmental challenges: rights and values in ecosystem services

    Differences in values can create conflict. How can we learn to manage our natural resources with integrity? Sign up now

    Improving healthcare through clinical research

    Find out how medical treatments are discovered, tested and evaluated, to improve healthcare for all, on this free online course. Sign up now

    Innovation: the fashion industry

    Understand how big fashion retailers innovate and discover the story behind a favourite piece of your clothing. Sign up now

    Starting a business 4: business processes

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

    Learning online: learning and collaborating

    Become an effective online learner and develop your online communication skills when working with others. Sign up now

    Environmental challenges: hierarchy in property rights

    How does language help us develop our relationship with nature and determine the rights of access and ownership. Sign up now

    Environmental challenges: human impact in the natural environment

    Complexity in nature arises from a myriad of simple interactions. How can this lead to an unpredictable dynamism. Sign up now

    For details of all our short online courses visit the FutureLearn website

    Degrees by distance learning

    The University runs postgraduate level distance learning courses in the following faculties:

    • Arts
    • Education, Social Sciences and Law
    • Engineering
    • Environment
    • Medicine and Health

    The courses are web based and are supported by our Virtual Learning Environment. Entry requirements and course structure will vary for each individual course. Visit our Coursefinder for course-specific information.