English and Australian universities team up for wholly online degree

The postgraduate degree in entrepreneurship, from Coventry and Deakin universities, will commence in May next year

Two universities from opposite ends of the globe are set to offer a wholly online, co-created degree. Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (UK) have partnered to offer a new postgraduate degree in entrepreneurship, allowing digitally connected students from around the world to learn without leaving home. It will be offered on the social learning platform, FutureLearn.

Deakin and FutureLearn first partnered in 2017, with the Australian university becoming the first in the world to use such a platform to offer several fully online postgraduate courses.

Professor Beverley Oliver, Deakin’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, said: “The course is designed to ensure students network with their peers; in the digital economy, their communities and future customers will be global.”

Ian Dunn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at Coventry University, said: “Just over a year ago we started working with FutureLearn to become the first UK University to offer fully online postgraduate degree courses on the platform.

“This new way of working means we can offer significant international learning experience to even more people in our communities.”

Free course tasters will begin in January, with fee paying courses set to commence in May.