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World-beating Leeds stands out in Class Central’s list of best online courses


Class Central’s Best Online Courses of 2019 uses learner feedback to rank online courses from around the world. Millions of people use Class Central to search for MOOCs, making it the number one review site for online learners.

Last year, more than 2,400 online courses were delivered by prestigious institutions all over the world.

The University of Leeds stood out with four courses in the line-up – more than any other institution in the world.

With more online courses offered in 2019 than ever before, and more than 20,000 reviews written on Class Central, Leeds’ Digital Education Service is thrilled to note this achievement.

“Praise from our learners is always pleasing, but to have four of our courses in Class Central’s top 30 – more than any other University in the world – is particularly rewarding, and is a testament to our academic staff and colleagues in the Digital Education Service who have created well-designed, learner-centric online learning experiences.”

- Professor Neil Morris, Dean of Digital Education, the University of Leeds

While 2019 was an especially remarkable year for the Digital Education Service, we have many years of experience in delivering pedagogical innovation.

Since the development of our first course in 2013, the Digital Education Service has grown into a highly skilled team of more than 40 professionals. Offering a range of services, we are dedicated to achieving excellence in the delivery of online learning, and look forward to many more years of success in this sphere.

Read on to find out which University of Leeds courses feature on Class Central’s Best Online Courses of 2019:

Transport Systems: Global Issues and Future Innovations

Available on FutureLearn

This online course with academics from the Institute for Transport Studies allows learners to discover how the transport sector can develop infrastructures that meet the needs of a 21st century population.


Atmospheric Chemistry: Planets and Life Beyond Earth

Available on FutureLearn

Learn from academics from the School of Chemistry about the atmospheric chemistry of planets and celestial bodies and explore the possibility of finding life beyond Earth.


The IB Extended Essay: Managing your Research Project

Available on FutureLearn

Get expert guidance on writing your IB Diploma extended essay with this course designed for IB students and teachers by experts at the University of Leeds.

Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

Available on FutureLearn

Discover ecology with academics from the Faculty of Biological Sciences and learn how we can protect wildlife and conserve the natural world.