MicroMasters® programmes

What is a MicroMasters® programme?

A MicroMasters programme is an online postgraduate-level qualification, offered through edX, designed to advance your career by providing deep learning in specific career fields.

You can take a standalone course within a MicroMasters programme, or the full qualification which constitutes three to five courses in total including a final assessment. These can help you develop your skills within a current or future role but can also open the door to further postgraduate study. 

MicroMasters programmes are offered by many leading universities and are delivered through the online course platform, edX.

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How many academic credits is a MicroMasters programme worth? 

As one sixth of a masters, the University of Edinburgh MicroMasters programme will represent 30 credits of work, with approximately 200 hours taught and 100 independent research. 30 Edinburgh credits are equivalent to 15 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and approximately 6 USA credits.  

Progression to masters at Edinburgh

Learners who successfully complete a MicroMasters programme will receive 30 postgraduate credits which will be recognised when applying for a related masters degree at the University of Edinburgh.

Completing the MicroMasters programme will not guarantee acceptance on to the full masters degree; standard University admissions process and criteria will apply. However, learners can use their MicroMasters credential to demonstrate their knowledge in the subject matter and their commitment to studying the subject further.  

Applicants who meet all the masters entry requirements and are successfully admitted onto a degree programme can expect that their MicroMasters programme coursework, comprising 30 credits of the total 180 credits of the masters degree, will be recognised as prior learning.