FutureLearn launches first full postgraduate degree Moocs

Source: iStock FutureLearn will become the first massive open online course provider to offer a suite of postgraduate degrees entirely on its platform through a new partnership with Australia’s Deakin University. Six postgraduate degrees will be on offer from early 2017, including four master’s degrees in cyber security, development and humanitarian action, information technology and financial planning; a graduate certificate in diabetes education; and a graduate diploma in property. The initiative will allow students to take a free two-week taster course before deciding to enrol in a programme. Each programme will be made up of five short FutureLearn courses, and students will need to take 12 or 16 programmes to complete a master’s degree. Beverley Oliver, deputy vice-chancellor at Deakin University, told Times Higher Education that the short courses allow students to complete their degree in “small chunks”, while carrying out additional self-directed study and completing assessments. They will also have the opportunity to join small online study groups. She added that students registering...

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