The College of Science and Engineering is currently expanding its online learning portfolio of programmes and courses.
Our online learning programmes are academically equivalent to our on-campus programmes and online students are part of the University community with access to services and support. Course content can be accessed online from anywhere and courses are taught using Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs). Though our programmes are flexible and suitable for working professionals, as with our on-campus programmes, time management is key and courses run during specific times throughout the academic year with assessment deadlines to meet.
Learn more about how online learning works, what online learning students can expect from the University, and our expectations of online learning students in this short film:
Introduction to Online Learning at the University of Edinburgh
Online Learning Programmes currently available within the College of Science and Engineering:
Data Science, Technology and Innovation
Data Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) is a University-wide online learning suite of programmes covering a wide range of Data Science related subjects. It is hosted by the College of Science and Engineering (CSE).
Online learning courses are currently available for professional development up to postgraduate qualification level (Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD), PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc, with the option to specialise). The flexible, modular, online learning programmes are designed to fully equip tomorrow's data professionals, offering different entry points into the world of data science with study available part-time for working professionals.
This includes courses from a range of subject areas from across the University in the sciences, humanities, and medicine.
Additional courses and programmes are in development. Academic colleagues interested in contributing course content to the DSTI suite of programmes should contact the CSE Online Learning Team:
School of Biological Sciences
The School of Biological Sciences offer the following online learning programmes with online courses currently available for professional development up to postgraduate qualification level (Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD), PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc):
Drug Discovery & Protein Biotechnology (Online Distance Learning)
Next Generation Drug Discovery (Online Distance Learning)
School of Geosciences
The School of Geosciences delivers an expanding suite of world-class online learning programmes. Launched in 2014, its online MSc in Carbon Management and PG Certs in Climate Change Management and Carbon Innovation attract >40 students a year from all over the world who want an advanced academic qualification in the business, science, policy and economics of tackling climate change.
The interdisciplinary nature of the programme provides a detailed understanding of climate science, business, policy and economics, and an integrated understanding of carbon management. The online delivery is formulated so as to allow study to be balanced alongside full-time employment and family commitments. This programme has recently been awarded 20 prestigious scholarships from the Prince Albert II of Monaco foundation to allow students working in those nations most at risk from climate change to gain expertise and build capacity in-country.
See further programme details and a preview of the courses at www.climate.ed.ac.uk
Carbon Management (Online Distance Learning) MSc
Carbon Innovation (Online Distance Learning) PG Cert
Global Environment Challenges (Online Distance Learning) PG Cert
Climate Change Management (Online Distance Learning) PG Cert
Prince Albert of Monaco II Foundation Climate Change Masters Scholarships
Six Masters Scholarships are available to applicants enrolled on eligible online distance learning programmes offered by the University in the 2018-2019 academic session.
Undergraduate Online Course
The School of Geosciences also run an online undergrauate course in Sustainability and Social Responsibility available to all University of Edinbugh students.
EPCC run online learning courses enabling students to study wherever they are in the world.
A full list of University online programmes is available here: