Another online learning innovation from the University

We've teamed up with the world’s biggest online course provider to become one of the first UK universities to deliver courses on its platform that can count directly towards postgraduate degrees.

Photo of bridge spanning a river for Coursera launch story

Coursera has more than 30 million users across the globe, working with 150 world-leading universities. Its new partnership with Leeds will enhance the University’s international profile as a world-leader in digital education.

Launching today, Managing Major Engineering Projects is a collection of online courses, or Specialization, that look at some of the key reasons big projects suffer delays or go over budget. It can lead to the award of 15 postgraduate credits from the University, which can then count towards the MSc Engineering Management online degree from Leeds.

Professor Neil Morris, Director of Digital Learning, said: “The University is very proud to be teaming up with Coursera to deliver online learning courses to learners all around the world.

“This new partnership is in line with our strategy to be a world leader in digital education. We are also pleased to be offering postgraduate credit-bearing courses on Coursera, which learners will be able to use towards fully online distance learning programmes. This will provide flexibility and access to learners from all over the world, and will provide much-needed education and skills training.”

Isabelle Finger, Head of the University Partnerships Team at Coursera, said: “Coursera is excited to be working with the University of Leeds to develop high-quality online content. This specialization, in particular, will be a strong first step for our partnership and will be the first of many online programmes from Leeds that support learners as they develop their skill sets.”

The latest innovation complements perfectly Leeds’ existing pioneering partnership with the UK’s FutureLearn online learning platform, on which it launched one of the country’s first massive open online courses (MOOCs) in 2013.

More than a million learners have joined the 48 courses developed by Leeds’ Digital Education Service since then. In 2016, Leeds was the first Russell Group university to launch, with FutureLearn, online courses to earn academic course credits that count towards degrees.

How it works

Enrolment opens today for the first course that forms Managing Major Engineering Projects, which starts on Monday 12 March. It looks at some of the key reasons big projects suffer delays or go over budget.
Further courses will be available later this spring.

Those who successfully complete all of the courses will earn 15 postgraduate taught student credits from Leeds. They will then be encouraged to apply for a full online master's programme in Engineering Management, which another of the University’s partners, Pearson, is supporting with marketing and recruitment activity.
The University’s partnerships with Coursera and Pearson align with our strategy to be a world leader in digital education.

See the university website for the full story.

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