Online learning innovation for the University of Leeds

Leeds has teamed with Coursera to become one of the first UK unis to deliver online courses that can count directly towards postgraduate degrees

The University of Leeds has become one of the first in the UK to deliver online courses on Coursera’s platform that can count directly towards postgraduate degree programmes.

Managing Major Engineering Projects is a collection of online courses, known as a Specialization, which look at some of the key reasons big projects suffer delays or go over budget. It can lead to the award of 15 postgraduate credits from the University of Leeds, which can then count towards the MSc Engineering Management online degree from Leeds.

Professor Neil Morris, Director of Digital Learning at the University of Leeds, said: “The University is very proud to be teaming up with Coursera to deliver online learning courses to learners all around the world.

“This new partnership is in line with our strategy to be a world leader in digital education. We are also pleased to be offering postgraduate credit-bearing courses on Coursera, which learners will be able to use towards fully online distance learning programmes. This will provide flexibility and access to learners from all over the world, and will provide much-needed education and skills training.”

Course leader Dr Giorgio Locatelli, Lecturer in Infrastructure Procurement and Management in Leeds’ School of Civil Engineering, said:  “Major engineering projects all over the world play a crucial role in shaping the lives of millions of people. They are often controversial, with spectacular failures as well as breathtaking success stories. 

“We designed these courses to help learners make sense of current and past projects, and learn the skills and know-how to become protagonists in the fascinating realm of major engineering projects.”

To find out more, or enrol on the new course, visit