Postgraduate study

Data Skills Workforce Development (Online Learning) PgProfDev

Awards: PgProfDev

Study modes: Part-time Intermittent Study

Online learning

Funding opportunities

This portfolio of standalone courses aims to give the workforce the tools to upskill and reskill in the field of digital data.

The data and digital world can be intimidating. The aim of these online courses is to make learning as accessible as possible to the broadest range of students, including those who are distanced from learning and/or the labour market.

The ‘byte’-sized option enables a stepped approach which could ultimately enable you to access advanced courses and further education.

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Studying online at Edinburgh

Find out more about the benefits and practicalities of studying for an online degree:

You can decide to study one or multiple courses from the portfolio and any credits gained will be recognised in their own right as postgraduate level credits.

These credits can potentially be put towards gaining a higher award such as a PG Certificate (PgCert).

Learning outcomes vary from course to course. Please refer to the individual course pages for further information.

This portfolio of short, standalone courses is designed to enable employees to upskill. The courses also allow working professionals to reskill through online learning in the area of digital data.

Our aim is to enhance existing career paths with an additional dimension in data science.

Entry requirements vary from course to course. Please refer to the individual course page for further information:

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each section.We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

For the initial pilot year of this portfolio of courses it is not possible to pay for a place on any course. Places will only be offered to funded students.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
PgProfDevUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees

Featured funding

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Bayes Centre
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • 47 Potterrow
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9BT

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Bayes Centre
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • 47 Potterrow
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9BT