Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to some frequently asked questions about the Data Skills Workforce Development portfolio.
Who is eligible for a funded place on a course?
Funded places are available to those who meet Scottish Funding Council (SFC) fee waiver criteria. Please note that full-time students are not eligible for funding.
You must meet at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for a free place as per SFC requirements:
- Living in Scotland or the rest of the EU (except England, Wales and Northern Ireland) for the last three years for reasons other than education
- Living in the rest of the UK and working for a Scottish employer (an employer which is based or has a significant presence in Scotland)
How do I apply?
Applications are submitted through the University’s online application system EUCLID and we cannot make an offer of a place without a fully completed application. You do not have to complete the application in one session - you can save your progress and return to complete the form later. Course spaces are limited and only fully completed applications will be considered. Please note that courses may be limited to one per person this year based on demand.
At the point of application you must state, in the Personal Statement section of the application form, which course or courses you are applying to. Please read the specific course entry requirements prior to submitting your application. If you need help with making your application please contact us.
Am I guaranteed a free place on a course?
Each course has a maximum capacity for funded places so unfortunately we cannot guarantee that everyone who applies is guaranteed a place. Applications for courses will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.
Can I pay for a place on a course?
For the initial pilot year of this portfolio of courses it is not possible to pay for a place on any course.
How does Online Learning work?
This short video provides an introduction to online learning at the University of Edinburgh.
YouTube Video: The University of Edinburgh: Online Learning
Will my course be delivered fully online or will I need to attend anything on-campus?
The Health Data Science course will require you to visit the campus for one day; further information can be found on the course page. The Data Carpentry two-day workshop is delivered fully on-campus and you will be required to be in Edinburgh, the full schedule can be found on the course page. All other courses are delivered fully online with no requirement to visit our campuses. You are of course more than welcome to use the University's facilities available to you during your studies if you choose to.
Do courses run multiple times a year?
Our courses are scheduled at specific times throughout the academic year - for further information on start dates please see the delivery information on the individual course page.
Will I recieve an award at the end of the course?
Upon succesful completion of the credit-bearing course you will receive written confirmation that you have achieved 10 SCQF credits at level 11 or Level 7. A certificate of completion will be issued for the Data Carpentry workshop.
What does SCQF Level mean?
The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) can be accessed here.
Can the credits gained from these courses be used towards degree programmes?
Students who successfully pass a credit-bearing course may be able to use the credits gained as recognition of prior learning to apply to a suitable University of Edinburgh degree programme, at the discretion of the relevant Programme Director.