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edX

Course Marketplace

8.6
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Our winner
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FutureLearn

Course Marketplace

8.5
10

edX vs. FutureLearn - complete comparison

Overview

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Description
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edX is an online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012. They focus on university-level courses, developed in collaboration with their countless university partners (like Harvard and Berkeley University), and other education providers worldwide. From regular online courses to full online degrees, edX has a broad variety of offerings in 30+ categories, taught by academics from the world's best universities.

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FutureLearn is a British online learning platform that offers courses developed by their more than 175 university partners worldwide. The platform was founded in 2012 and has since attracted more than 10 million learners worldwide.

Types of courses
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MASTERS DEGREE

Masters Degree

Complete a full Master's degree from one of edX's partner universities

$10000 - $100000 USD
Full-time study
BACHELORS DEGREE

Bachelors Degree

Complete a full Bachelor's degree from one of edX's university partners

$10000 - $50000 USD
Full-time study
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING

Professional certificates

Earn a certificate for a career-relevant skill with a course from edX's institutional partners

$300 - $1000 USD
Self-paced
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING

XSeries certificates

Get in-depth knowledge of a topic with a course created by one of edX's university partners

$100 - $1200 USD
Self-paced
COHORT BASED

Executive Education

Courses targeted towards educating leaders & executives.

$500 - $3000 USD
3–6 weeks
PARTIAL BACHELORS

MicroBachelors

Partial undergraduate programs for specific learning

$2000 - $10000 USD
Part-time study
PARTIAL MASTERS

MicroMasters

Partial graduate-level programs for specific learning

$500 - $5000 USD
Part-time study
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING

edX courses

The classic courses that edX offers. They're typically free and come with optional paid certificates.

Free
3-5 hours per week
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BACHELORS DEGREE

Bachelor's Degree

Get a Bachelor's degree from one of FutureLearn's partner universities

$10000 - $30000 USD
10-15 hours per week
MASTERS DEGREE

Master's Degree

Get a Master's degree from one of FutureLearn's university partners.

$10000 - $40000 USD
1-3 years
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING

Short Courses

Short courses on a wide variety of topics, created by universities and other institutions

FreeIncluded in subscription
2-4 hours per week
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING

Microcredentials

Create specialized courses created by top academic institutions worldwide. Some courses might count as academic credit towards a degree.

$500 - $1000 USD
6–12 weeks
Subscription plans
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PERSONAL

FutureLearn Unlimited

Unlimited access to 1400+ online courses from FutureLearn

$20 - 40 USD per month
Pros & cons
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    Pros
  • Courses from top universities
  • Wide range of subjects
  • Free courses available
  • Cons
  • Limited interaction with instructors
  • Different offerings can be a bit confusing
  • Paid courses are rather pricey
  • No subscription offering available
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    Pros
  • Wide range of courses from top universities
  • Affordable subscription
  • Cons
  • Limited free course access

General information

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Type
Course MarketplaceCourse Marketplace
Number of courses
4000+2000+
Popularity

Popular

Relatively niche

Available categories
Architectural DesignArts & CraftsBusiness Analytics & IntelligenceCareer DevelopmentComplianceContent MarketingCreativityCryptocurrency & BlockchainDatabase Design & DevelopmentDesign Tools
Business Analytics & IntelligenceComplianceData ScienceDesign ToolsDigital MarketingEntrepreneurshipFinanceIT CertificationsLanguage LearningLeadership
Available languages
EnglishMandarin ChineseHindiSpanishArabicFrenchRussianPortugueseGermanJapanese
English

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Individual scores
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Course catalog
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Affordability
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Career value
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Customer support
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Usability
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Features

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Support options
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Chat
  • Community
  • Knowledge base
  • Learning support
  • Career support
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Chat
  • Community
  • Knowledge base
  • Learning support
  • Career support
Available apps
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Android

No apps available...

Company

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Company name
edX Inc.FutureLearn Limited
Company size

Large

Medium

Founded in
20122012
Headquarters

United States

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United Kingdom

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Founders
Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThe Open University
External reviews
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2.51293 reviews
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Our opinion

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Summary
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edX offers a great variety of high-quality courses, which can help you advance your career in almost every industry. We particularly like that a lot of their regular courses are offered for free, and you only have to pay for the certificate (which is optional). The rest of their offering on the other hand is usually a bit pricier, but the quality of the learning materials is still really high. In our eyes, edX is a great learning platform, especially well suited for students looking to take on full online degrees, as well as students looking for digital certifications from well-trusted organizations and institutions, if price isn't their biggest concern. If you're on a budget, you can still take advantage of their large catalog of free courses.

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FutureLearn is one of the few online learning platforms that offer full online degrees. We also like that you can access a lot of their regular courses for free for a limited amount of time, with the upgrade to the paid course being offered as an optional add-on. In contrast to some other similar companies, their offering is also a lot more streamlined and easier to understand, which we think is another benefit of FutureLearn. That said, their catalog isn't as big as that of some of their competitors, which means that you might not find the course you're looking for, especially if it's a bit more niche. Overall, we can recommend FutureLearn for students that want to take full online degrees, as well as students that want to learn with courses from universities, instead of courses from individual instructors.

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