Decision-making Courses

With one of our online decision-making courses, you can build your knowledge across a variety of topics, helping you make effective choices.

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Study decision-making online

Good decision-making skills are in demand. What’s more, being able to make decisions effectively can significantly improve your personal and professional life. Decision-makers frequently have to weigh up options, assess risks, and analyse useful information sources to come to a viable conclusion. If you want to work on your decision-making skills, one of our online courses could be the perfect place to start.

Each of our courses is entirely online, giving you the opportunity to learn whenever and wherever you want. Whether it’s with our free online courses or our ExpertTrack learning subscriptions, you can start building your knowledge today.

Earn a decision-making certificate

Earn personalised decision-making certificates when you complete an online course on FutureLearn, complete with lead educator signatures, organisation logos and course details. Share your achievements with employers, on Linkedin, on your CV and more.

Whether you’re currently in a role that requires decision-making skills or eventually hope to be, you’ll find that many of our learning opportunities can help you develop your knowledge. By building the foundations of your understanding or expanding your current knowledge, you’ll be able to learn about the processes that go into rational decision making.

Whether your interests lay in the strategy, ethics, management, or the theory side of things, you’ll be able to learn about many of the elements that go into making choices. You can also explore some of the relevant careers that require decision-making skills.

Learn how to make data-driven decisions

In some respects, it’s easier than it’s ever been to make complex choices. The fields of big data and data analytics are two key areas driving this progress. We now have more information than ever before when it comes to planning and understanding our choices and their potential outcomes.

Here, you’ll find a variety of courses about data and decision-making that can help you analyse your available resources, identify gaps in information, and understand how to use that data to shape your plans.

Develop your problem-solving and decision-making

The process of making decisions is often related to solving problems. As such, both skills are highly valued by employers across all industries, as well as being useful in your day-to-day life. An online decision-making course can help you identify the right problem to solve, as well as how to build your decision-making techniques when it comes to solving them.

In high-pressure situations, understanding risk also becomes an important aspect of the problem-solving process. In such circumstances, there can be several barriers to making informed, ethical, and definitive choices. Learning how to overcome these obstacles can benefit you both personally and professionally.

Explore how technology can assist with decision-making

Improvements in technology have made it possible to streamline the decision-making process. Whether it’s advanced data modelling for financial outcomes or artificial intelligence for business planning, the opportunities are vast. An online decision-making course focused on these areas can help you learn about these emerging technologies and their applications.

No matter what stage of your career you’re at, learning more about this valuable skill can give your CV a boost. What’s more, it can also benefit many other areas of your life, helping you have confidence in the choices you make.

Your options for studying decision-making

The importance of decision-making can be seen both personally and professionally. If you’re eager to learn more about the subject and gain some decision-making training, we have several options for you to choose from. For example, one of our free short courses gives you the opportunity to study some of the fundamentals of decision-making over two to ten weeks. Alternatively, for a more in-depth view of a particular subject, one of our ExpertTrack subscriptions could be just the thing.


What is decision-making?

Decision-making is the process through which an individual chooses between several options. This selection process usually follows several steps, either consciously or unconsciously, resulting in a final decision or action.

Why is decision-making important?

Decision-making is a valuable skill in many areas of life. It allows an individual to make informed and well-reasoned choices that may impact themselves and others. In leadership, decision-making is particularly important, as it can keep you and others organised and motivated.

How do you improve your decision-making skills?

With one of our online courses, you can work to improve your decision-making abilities. They will often get you to understand your current method of making choices, and introduce ways you can make better decisions. Often, it’s about practice, planning, and evaluating.

What is the decision-making process?

The term ‘decision-making process’ refers to any steps that an individual takes when making a choice. It can include things such as gathering information, assessing options, and evaluating alternatives. It can vary between individuals and circumstances.

What is ethical decision-making?

When we talk about ethical decision-making, we’re referring to a process of choosing an option that best aligns with a set of ethical principles. Usually, this means eliminating unethical options to choose the one that reflects the ethics of the decision-maker.

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