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FutureLearn

Course Marketplace

8.5
10
Our winner
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MasterClass

Education Company

8.0
10

FutureLearn vs. MasterClass - complete comparison

Overview

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Description
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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.

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Masterclass is an online learning concept with a unique concept: They work together with celebrities from various fields, letting the celebrities teach an online course about their knowledge. These celebrities include people of the likes of Stephen Curry, George W. Bush, Martin Scorsese and many more incredible well-known people. In total, there are more than 150 classes taught on topics such as arts, business, cooking, sports, and more.

Types of courses
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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
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Subscription plans
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PERSONAL

FutureLearn Unlimited

Unlimited access to 1400+ online courses from FutureLearn

$20 - 40 USD per month
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PERSONAL

Masterclass membership

Get access to the full Masterclass course catalog of more than 180 classes.

$12 - 25 USD per month
Pros & cons
FutureLearn logoFutureLearn
    Pros
  • Wide range of courses from top universities
  • Affordable subscription
  • Cons
  • Limited free course access
MasterClass logoMasterClass
    Pros
  • Learn from world-renowned experts
  • High production value
  • Wide range of topics
  • Cons
  • Lack of deep, in-depth courses
  • No interaction with the instructors

General information

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Type
Course MarketplaceEducation Company
Number of courses
2000+180+
Popularity

Relatively niche

Popular

Available categories
Business Analytics & IntelligenceComplianceData ScienceDesign ToolsDigital MarketingEntrepreneurshipFinanceIT CertificationsLanguage LearningLeadership
Arts & CraftsBusiness StrategyCreativityEntrepreneurshipSports
Available languages
English
English

Evaluation

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Full score
8.5
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8.0
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Individual scores
Course quality
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Course catalog
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Affordability
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Career value
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Low valueHigh value
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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Company

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Company name
FutureLearn LimitedMasterClass Inc.
Company size

Medium

Medium

Founded in
20122015
Headquarters

United Kingdom

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United States

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Founders
The Open UniversityDavid Rogier, Aaron Rasmussen
External reviews
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4.7481 reviews
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4.9121900 reviews
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4.620000 reviews
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2.1825 reviews

Our opinion

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Summary
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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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MasterClass has amongst the highest production quality of all online learning platforms. We like their concept of creating courses with world-renowned experts in their respective fields and combining this with awesome production value. With this high quality bar, it's clear why MasterClass doesn't have the most extensive course catalog. They focus on quality over quantity and offer courses on all kinds of topics, both career-related and recreational. Overall, we recommend MasterClass for students that enjoy watching courses from their favorite athletes, musicians and chefs and that appreciate the amount of effort MasterClass puts into producing these classes. Students looking for courses to advance their career might find a better offering elsewhere.

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