Upskilling Short Courses

Fully funded for applicants by the Scottish Funding Council

Improve current skills and enhance your knowledge through a variety of short courses offered by Abertay University. Fully funded by the Scottish Funding Council, the courses are free to applicants. Each short course is credit-bearing and a recognised university qualification.

Please note: upskilling short courses are in high demand meaning there may be a waiting list.

Short Courses - Information and Registration

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Climate Change, Carbon, and Sustainability

Four free short courses to help you understand climate change, carbon capture, and sustainability. Online, with some live teaching.

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Digital Marketing

Four free short courses to help you develop digital marketing skills that are valued by all sectors. Online, with some live teaching.

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Managing Transformational Change

Four free short courses to help you lead and manage change successfully within an organisation. Online, with some live teaching.

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Digital Business

Four free short courses to help you learn the key concepts and ideas underpinning digital businesses today. Online, with some live teaching.

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The courses 

Delivered 100% online, they include live teaching sessions, recorded lecture content and carefully curated readings. These courses were designed for flexible study around your work and home commitments. The courses offer 50 hours of guided and independent learning over three weeks each.

Who are the courses for?

Our courses are suitable for a wide variety of people: those in work, the self-employed, managers and owners of small to medium sized businesses, those working in charities or third sector organisations and anyone interested in expanding their knowledge on specific topic areas.

There are no academic entry requirements, but you must be living in Scotland. 

Unfortunately, these courses are NOT open for current Abertay University students.

Course delivery

  • 100% online

  • Interactive sessions across two weeks

  • Assessed via quizzes

  • Delivered by knowledgeable and experienced lecturers 

How do the courses work? 

The short courses - within each subject area - build upon one another to create a complete skillset and knowledgebase. You'll benefit most if you complete all four courses within each suite, but if you're unable to, you can take just one or two.


Each course is worth 5 University credits. For each course you successfully complete, you will have 5 credits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). The SCQF supports all learners in Scotland for all levels of qualifications.

Graduate Certificate

Find out how to receive a Graduate Certificate in Digital Business upon completing our range of short courses.

Graduate Certificate in Digital Business

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