Students based in the UK will soon have the opportunity to study for postgraduate degrees from an Australian university, entirely over the internet.

The Open University's social learning platform, FutureLearn, has paired up with Victoria-based Deakin University to offer qualifications in Cyber Security, Information Technology, Financial Planning, Humanitarian and Development Action, Property and Diabetes Education.

Deakin's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, said it is becoming more important for universities to provide broadening, global experiences for their students.

"In a troubled world where borders seem to be closing, we need more learners engaging with peers around the world," she said.

"Deakin believes this can be achieved effectively through digital education at scale."

It is the first time a MOOC - or massive open online course - provider has offered degrees that can be completed fully online, and students will have the chance to study short "taster" courses for free before committing to a degree subject.

"Studying a postgraduate degree is a significant commitment so we are very pleased to be able to give students the opportunity to start to learn for free and pay-as-they-go before committing to the full degree," said FutureLearn chief executive Simon Nelson.

"Our aim is to allow our learners to study a full degree flexibly, whenever they like, wherever they are, fitting the courses around the rest of their lives."

Mr Nelson added that learning as part of a global group would "deliver a rich experience for learners that we think will add a new dimension to this type of postgraduate study".

Meanwhile, plans are in place to expand the range of courses available to study online.

Ms den Hollander said: "These degrees are only the start, we are already exploring options for credit sharing with other FutureLearn partners around the world to further enrich the experience for our learners."