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Caring, parenting, smart cities and ultrasound: seven brand new courses announced

Seven brand new free online courses are now live on FutureLearn and ready for you to join, while many previous courses are getting ready to run again. Here’s our quick guide to them all.


Get Started with Online Learning

Get Started with Online Learning

How can you study online without putting the rest of your life on hold? Drawing on the expertise of The Open University, this course will show you how it’s possible to get a degree or certificate without becoming a full time student at a campus university.

For people who have already begun their careers or have caring responsibilities, a better alternative might be online study, and over the two weeks of the course you can discover more about this option.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 24 August.


Smart Cities

Navigate your own path through the complex language of smart cities in this six-week course from The Open University, and explore what it would be like to live in a smart city.

Cities are incubators of innovation and opportunities but they also face great challenges such as rapid urbanisation, climate change and inequality. How can smart cities address these challenges, and what role will people play in the design and planning?

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 28 September.


Metabolomics: Understanding Metabolism in the 21st Century

Smart Cities

Discover how metabolomics is revolutionising our understanding of metabolism in the 21st century. A new interdisciplinary tool for the scientific community, metabolomics is used in both academia and industry.

This four-week course from the University of Birmingham provides a valuable introduction to this emerging field, and its widespread applications across medical and biological sciences.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 5 October.


Ultrasound Imaging: What Is Inside?

You can explore the technology of ultrasound from three perspectives in this six-week course – medical, technical and technical medical.

The first FutureLearn course from the University of Twente aims to improve clinical use and understanding of ultrasound technology by professionals.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 5 October.


Babies in Mind: Why the Parent’s Mind Matters

How does a parent’s mind influence the development of a baby before he or she is born? What can we do during pregnancy and the post-natal period to support parents experiencing difficulties? The University of Warwick’s four-week course will seek to answer these and other questions.

It will examine how the mind of the parent influences the developing mind of the child, from conception through infancy and into later life.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 12 October.


Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Psychosis conditions, including schizophrenia, are treatable mental health problems that can affect anyone, although very few people talk about the conditions and their impact on families.

This two-week course from King’s College London will delve into some of the key issues and questions relevant to a carer who is supporting a relative with psychosis. You will also have the opportunity to share your views and experiences with carers from around the world.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 12 October.


Solving the Energy Puzzle: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Energy Transition

Energy Transition: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Since the discovery of fire, mankind has used various energy sources to aid our development. The energy system has been continually changing, as the economy and technology progress.

The University of Groningen will show that energy transition is not a simple question with straightforward solutions. You will learn how to analyse cases from technological, legal, economics, spatial, and social perspectives in this seven-week course.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 12 October.


Returning courses

Many previous courses will be returning to FutureLearn in September, October and November:

Starting 14 September

Starting 28 September

Starting 5 October

Starting 12 October

Starting 19 October

Starting 2 November

Starting 16 November

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