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Online business MicroMasters programme is first in UK

Edinburgh has become the first university in the UK to offer a MicroMasters programme, giving learners access to short online masters-level courses for free and without the commitment of a full degree.

The University has partnered with one of the world's leading online education platforms, edX, to offer new MicroMasters programmes.

The graduate-level courses provide students with the opportunity to complete a course of study without the time commitments or cost implications of a full master’s degree.

The first course to be offered is Predictive Analytics for Business Applications, by the University’s Business School. The five-step course focuses on Big Data and meets growing business sector demand for advanced skills in the discipline of analytics.

Postgraduate credits

Learners can choose to study elements of the course for free, or pay to access full course materials and assessments. 

Students who successfully complete the verified programme will receive 30 postgraduate credits, which will be recognised if they apply for a related master’s degree at Edinburgh.  . 

There is no application process to take up a MicroMasters programme. Students can self-assess their ability to undertake a programme and can access free content before signing up.  


More than 8,000 students globally have benefited from studying for an Edinburgh degree online since the University launched its service in 2005. A further 2.7 million learners have engaged with Edinburgh’s free online content, which includes Massive Online Open Courses.

Our new MicroMasters course enables us to provide learners with key skills that are in high demand in the age of big data, and to reach out to learners who might not otherwise be able to study with the Business School.

Wendy LorettoHead of the Business School

Related links

Predictive Analytics for Business Applications

Business School


(Ed. this article was originally published on 23 Jul, 2019)