Online courses with FutureLearn

Get a taste of the Deakin learning experience for free with a range of online courses, or join one of Deakin’s affordable microcredentials, which can provide you with academic credit into a range of degrees.

How it works

Open to anyone, available 24/7 and accessible by mobile, tablet or desktop, Deakin's courses on FutureLearn fit study around your life. These premium online courses are delivered on a social and easy-to-use platform, giving you the perfect introduction to learning online with Deakin. Learn from Deakin’s best educators and connect with others in an enjoyable, social environment. Here's how:

Free online courses

Register and complete a free, two-week online course on FutureLearn to upskill for your job, forge a path to a new career, or just satisfy a hungry mind.

Microcredentials and programs

Successfully complete a microcredential and you'll gain independent recognition from Deakin, or enrol in a single program without having to commit to a full degree.

Postgraduate degrees

Access a number of full postgraduate degrees on FutureLearn, so you can study in convenient chunks from start to finish, and graduate with an internationally recognised qualification from Deakin.

Education with industry in mind

Deakin courses are developed with international industry partners such as Save the Children. So, as you learn, you'll gain competitive, industry-focused skills to boost your employability and give you the confidence to apply your knowledge in the real world.

Be part of a global community

What happens when you learn in a highly social environment with people of all ages, cultures and experiences? A richer, more worldly education. Participate in meaningful learning conversations and understand how your knowledge applies on a global scale.

Free online courses

Deakin offers free, two-week courses through FutureLearn that give you access to high-quality learning wherever you are. Join now or register your interest to start your learning journey, whether you're looking to get ahead in your career, start a new career or pursue your interests. On completion of your course you can choose to purchase a certificate of achievement, which you can link to your CV or LinkedIn profile as evidence of your attainment.

Becoming Career Smart: How to Sell Yourself

Thinking about a career change? Identify your key strengths and professional skills, and learn how to sell them and yourself.

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Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

As our lifespans increase, more and more of us are faced with the question: how can we care for older people more effectively?

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Food and Mood: Improving Mental Health Through Diet and Nutrition

Explore how food, nutrition, and mental health are all related, and how to make optimal dietary changes.

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What is Leadership?

Leadership is often misunderstood due to its complex nature. Learn what being a leader means and how you can practice leadership.

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Infant Nutrition: From Breastfeeding to Baby's First Solids

It's well known that good early nutrition is vital to children's health, development, and wellbeing – but what does it look like?

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Introduction to Sustainability and Development

Discover the impact of human activity on our planet, and what we can do to ensure a sustainable future for everybody.

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Investigating Innovation

Learn what innovation is and why being innovative is important in your personal and professional life.

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IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

This course introduces the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems and its successful use and policy impact through real-world case studies.

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Leading Culturally Diverse Teams in the Workplace

Explore why cultural diversity matters in the workplace and how multicultural teams can benefit your organisation.

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Leading Strategic Innovation: How to lead with purpose

Discover the importance of strategic thinking, innovation, and purposeful leadership when dealing with change.

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Professional Resilience: Building Skills to Thrive

Learn how to deal with stress at work and in your personal life through building resilience skills.

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Transforming Digital Learning: Learning Design Meets Service Design

Bring powerful digital learning into your professional practice. Explore current issues and emerging trends in the field.

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Competitive Advantage: Using Information to Build Business Success

Learn the value of information to businesses and how it can give the business a competitive advantage.

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Kickstart your online learning

Online learning can help you upskill or launch a brand new career, with the reassuring flexibility of working around your current commitments.

Microcredentials and programs

Microcredentials and programs are designed to help you build specialised skills relevant to your career without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. They allow you to deepen your understanding and upskill for work in rapidly growing industries. What's more, on successful completion of a microcredential or program you may be eligible for credit across a range of postgraduate degrees at Deakin, moving you along a path of life long learning.

Why not take a step forward in your career with one of the below topic areas?


Research Methods

Learn effective research methods to conduct academic and professional research, and gain the skills to enhance your business career or work successfully in doctoral research.

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Sports Coaching

Learn how to develop, lead and motivate high-performing sports teams using effective sports coaching strategies.

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Fundamentals of Digital Health in Hospitals

Expand your understanding of the potential for transformative impact of digital health on hospital administration and build your capacity to improve hospital digital information systems and technology solutions from a non-technical perspective.

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Sustainability and Development

Join the critical debate on sustainability across different development contexts and achieve sustainable outcomes that are meaningful to the affected communities.

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Digital Learning, Design and Assessment

Explore the key issues, trends and theories transforming the professional practice of digital learning.

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Introduction to IT Professional Practice

Designed for students who have experience working in industry, enhance your professional skills.

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Sustainability and Development

Explore sustainability in the context of development programs.

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The Humanitarian World

Discover the history of humanitarian aid and the principles and values that underpin the sector.

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Gender and Development

Explore debates in gender and development.

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FutureLearn is an innovative global platform at the forefront of online course delivery. These courses offer a highly interactive social learning experience delivered to you in easily manageable steps.

Professor Liz Johnson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education

Postgraduate degrees

In a world first, our partnership with FutureLearn delivers full postgraduate degrees on an innovative learning platform. This provides global online access to Deakin’s premium learning experiences, from free short two-week courses through to full postgraduate degrees. We offer a variety of postgraduate degrees on FutureLearn across a range of interest areas.

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Have a question or want to find out when more Deakin courses will be available on FutureLearn? Contact us by submitting an enquiry. You can also register to receive updates about the latest courses and personalised recommendations.

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