Data Science, Technology and Innovation

Frequently asked questions

Answers to some frequently asked questions about our Data Science, Technology and Innovation programme.

How does Online Learning work? 

Photo of a man studying on a laptop

This short video provides an introduction to postgraduate level online learning at the College of Science and Engineering who host the Data Science, Technology and Innovation programmes, at The University of Edinburgh. 

YouTube Video: The University of Edinburgh: Online Learning

What support will be available to me as an online learning student?

While you study with us, you will be well-supported by the programme team with a wide variety of additional one-to-one support as well as study events and resources from across the University. See the Student Support section for more details. 

Student Support 

Will my Certificate, Diploma or Masters be as good as an on campus Certificate, Diploma or Masters?

Our online programmes offer the same high standards of teaching and assessment as their campus-based equivalents – and they lead to the same qualifications, awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

If I study online, will my degree certificate indicate that my degree was completed via online learning?

Your degree certificate will look exactly the same as the degree certificates received by those who have completed their study on campus in Edinburgh.

What are the costs of each programme?

This online learning programme has standard University of Edinburgh tuition fees and for part-time intermittent study the fees are payable for each course as you study (payable 6 weeks in advance of the course). Note that fees are subject to an annual increase so the amount per course will rise as you study each year of the programme. For further information and the current University Fees Table please see: 

Fees information

Can I complete any of the programmes it in a shorter timeframe?

The short answer is yes! The 6 year duration is based on a part-time student but if you find yourself with more time to complete courses then there is no reason why you can't complete the MSc or any of the other programmes in a shorter time. We currently have students on the MSc that are scheduled to complete their Masters in 3 years.

Can I study a single course?

Students wishing to study a single course or up to 50 credits can study via Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD).  Successfully completed credits can be transferred onto a Certificate, Diploma or Masters degree within the Data Science, Technology and Innovation programme should students wish to continue their studies beyond 50 credits.

Do courses run multiple times a year?

Our courses are scheduled at specific times throughout the academic year - please see our current schedule of courses

Schedule of courses

Can I study on-campus?

Our current programmes are available as online learning only and current students include students located in Edinburgh and Internationally.  If you wish to study on campus the University offers a number of additional postgraduate programmes related to data science and information is available here:

Education and training

What is the impact of Brexit on the University of Edinburgh?

The University of Edinburgh has produced a webpage outlining its continuing relationship with the European Union. The website link below will be updated regularly as events unfold.

Latest updates on the impact of the EU referendum

Still have a query?

Please contact our Programme Team who will be happy to help.

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