COP26 online courses

In the run-up to COP26, we have put together a collection of short online courses covering topics of climate change, sustainability and environmental management for learners of all ages. 

Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

Ideal for younger and older learners, this course will introduce you to the study of ecosystems and help you understand our crucial role in conserving the world’s biodiversity.

The course explores the impact of wind farms on populations of seabirds and investigates advanced techniques for studying different ecosystems such as coral reefs.

This course is a taster to undergraduate degrees in Conservation Biology, Biology and Zoology. 

Explore Ecology and Wildlife Conservation on FutureLearn.

Planet Earth: Understanding and Protecting our Environment

This course explores the processes of the hydrosphere, the geosphere, and the biosphere and the impact of human activity and climate change on our planet. 

You will learn how scientists are addressing environmental problems such as food management and invasive species in a sustainable way and find out about research at Leeds that helps monitor the effects of climate change.

This course is a taster to undergraduate degrees in physical geography and environmental science. 

Explore Planet Earth: Understanding and Protecting our Environment

Renewable Energy: Achieving Sustainability through Bioenergy

This course will help you understand the principles of bioenergy, one of the most diverse and readily available sources of renewable energy.

You will learn how to harness this form of green energy to achieve sustainability. You will also explore the social, economic and environmental implications of bioenergy and get to know how it is used around the world. 

Explore Renewable Energy: Achieving Sustainability through Bioenergy on FutureLearn.

Climate Change and Resilience in Food Systems

Even small climate changes can have large-scale consequences in agriculture and food systems with devastating effects on the people and their economies.

In this course, you will learn strategies designed to mitigate the impact of climate change, develop resilient food systems and create sustainable development in local communities. 

Explore Climate Change and Resilience in Food Systems on FutureLearn.

A Nutritional Approach to Agriculture and Food Security

Modern agriculture and global food systems have become very complex and do not always provide people with affordable and nutritious food.

This course presents current research, which aims to place nutrition at the heart of sustainable food systems and will help you to develop skills to implement and evaluate nutrition-sensitive interventions yourself. 

This course is based on research led by experts in agriculture, nutrition and environmental sciences from the University of Leeds, the University of Pretoria and FARNPAN.

Explore A Nutritional Approach to Agriculture and Food Security on FutureLearn.

Transport Systems: Global Issues and Future Innovations 

Discover how the transport sector can develop infrastructures that meet the needs of a 21st-century population.

In this course, you will learn about effective transport planning and modelling, considering how transport solutions can become sustainable, reduce pollution and improve the health and safety of people across the world.

Explore Transport Systems: Global Issues and Future Innovations on FutureLearn.

Environmental Challenges 

This collection of five online courses explores how human society interacts with the natural world, and the challenging and difficult decisions we face when managing natural resources.

Through case studies and lively discussions, you will learn how environmental management policies are developed and understand the challenges surrounding their formulation.

These courses will introduce you to concepts explored by Masters degrees in Environmental Management. 

You can access all courses within the collection for free and in any order, providing a flexible way to enhance your knowledge.  

Learn more about the courses included in the Environmental Challenges collection.

COP26 and the University of Leeds 

If you want to find out more about how the University of Leeds is contributing to important discussions and negotiations taking place in the run-up to, and at, COP26, see more on this section dedicated to COP26.