Data Science, Technology and Innovation

Additional Resources

In addition to the courses already offered on the DSTI programme the University also offers a range of related MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

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Data Science in Stratified Healthcare and Precision Medicine

An increasing volume of data is becoming available in biomedicine and healthcare, from genomic data, to electronic patient records and data collected by wearable devices. Recent advances in data science are transforming the life sciences, leading to precision medicine and stratified healthcare.

In this course (which launched in April 2018) you will learn about some of the different types of data and computational methods involved in stratified healthcare and precision medicine. You will have a hands-on experience of working with such data.  You will learn from leaders in the field about successful case studies.

Topics include: (i) Sequence Processing, (ii) Image Analysis, (iii) Network Modelling, (iv) Probabilistic Modelling, (v) Machine Learning, (vi) Natural Language Processing, (vii) Process Modelling and (viii) Graph Data.

Click here to find out more and sign up via Coursera.

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Statistics: Unlocking the World of Data 

At a time where understanding data is becoming more and more important, this course will introduce learners to the fundamentals of statistics, and provide them with a toolkit to better understand the data and statistics we encounter in everyday life.

We will be looking at what data is, how we present it, and how statistics is used to investigate many challenging issues and scientific advances, from global warming to modern-day slavery, or from the decline of biodiversity to advances in pharmaceutical research. Through a combination of videos, examples, interactive apps, discussions and quizzes, you will be taken on a journey into the heart of statistics.

Click here to find out more and to sign up via EdX.

MicroMasters® in Predictive Analytics for Business Applications

There is a growing demand for employees and managers who have experience of Python and machine learning as well as having analytical skills and can make informed decisions that can drive organisational success.

The University of Edinburgh is the first university in the UK to offer a MicroMasters in partnernship with EdX. Through this MicroMasters you will be introduced to the major concepts used in a predictive model, learn how to prepare data for modelling, and build predictive models using a range of statistical and machine learning methodologies on a variety of real-life datasets.

Click here to find out more and to sign up via EdX


Today’s supercomputers are the most powerful calculating machines ever invented, capable of performing more than a thousand million million calculations every second. This gives scientists and engineers a powerful new tool to study the natural world – computer simulation.

Using supercomputers, we can now conduct virtual experiments that are impossible in the real world – from looking deep inside individual atoms, to studying the future climate of the earth and following the evolution of the entire universe from the big bang.

This free online course will introduce you to what supercomputers are, how they are used and how we can exploit their full computational potential to make scientific breakthroughs.

Click here to find out more and to sign up via Future Learn.

Additional University of Edinburgh MOOCs

A full list of MOOCs offered throughout the University of Edinburgh in a number of subject areas is available here: 

University of Edinburgh MOOCs