Global Development Academy

Online distance learning

The Global Development Academy supports the development of online distance learning programmes.

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Today’s challenges demand a constant improvement in knowledge and skills. At the same time, professionals need to retrain and learn new approaches in flexible new ways, even if you cannot invest 12 months or longer living in Edinburgh, or raise the resources required to do so.

Recognising this, the Global Development Academy supports the development of online distance learning programmes.

The Academy will provide highly interactive learning that captures the essence of the University’s excellence in research and training, while allowing flexible teaching and learning.

Distance learning programmes

PG Certificate in Global Development Challenges

An interdisciplinary online distance learning programme that brings together students from around the world in the study of global inequality and development.

PG Certificate in Global Development Challenges

PG Certificate in African and International Development

This is a e-learning programme based on our highly popular MSc Africa and International Development. The Certificate is designed for people with an interest in international development and development practitioners who wish to develop analytical and theoretical skills along with an in-depth knowledge of development issues in the African continent.

PG Certificate in African and International Development

MSc in Global Challenges

This an interdisciplinary programme spanning the Schools of Social and Political Science, GeoSciences and the School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences. Professionals and postgraduates from anywhere in the world can gain a thorough understanding of the environment, health and development challenges facing us in the 21st century.

MSc in Global Challenges

MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement

There is a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research and to help the general public appreciate the value of science. This programme, offered by the School of Biomedical Sciences, will develop your knowledge of key current issues and the latest methodologies.

MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement

Further information

The University of Edinburgh offers a wide range of online distance learning programmes. More information on these can be found at the University of Edinburgh 'Online distance learning' site: