University of Leeds Free Online Course on Innovation

The University of Leeds is offering free online course on Innovation: the World’s Greatest. This two-week course is designed for undergraduate students studying at school or college.

The courses will help you with making decisions about which subject to study at university and will give you examples and evidence when developing your university application. The course will start on

Course at a Glance

Length: 2 weeks
Effort: 2 hours/week
Subject: Innovation
Institution: University of Leeds and Future Learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course Starts on 

Providers’ Details

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching. The aim is to create a student experience that is second to none and as part of this, online learning is increasingly important, even to its full-time campus-based students. The MOOCs will allow the University to explore new and different ways to provide online education.

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

About This Course

This course considers innovations throughout history identifying that very few innovative ideas are new; the vast majority take something that is already working and improve it, be it a product, service or process. You’ ll consider the development of an innovation that you are particularly interested in, and, through a short project, produce and share with other learners your interpretation of its history.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Each course is designed to complement your existing studies and aims to

  • Provide evidence for UCAS applications and prepare you for university
  • Help you to gain new skills, think critically and learn independently
  • Encourage online / social learning
  • Develop collaboration and analytical skills
  • Embed current research into your online learning


No previous knowledge or experience of business or innovation is required, just an interest in innovations and how they emerge. If you are new to learning online you will find it helpful to join Learning Online: Learning and Collaborating prior to joining this course.


Dan Trowsdale

He is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Univesity of Leeds. My areas of interest are based around the subject of product design. Key areas are innovation, creativity and employability.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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