Upskilling Short Courses

Fully funded for applicants by the SFC and NCSC

Improve current skills and enhance your knowledge through a variety of short courses offered by Abertay University.

Our Climate Change, Carbon, and Sustainability, Digital Marketing, Managing Transformational Change, Digital Business and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning suites are fully funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

Our Cybersecurity suite is fully funded by the National Cyber Security Centre through the Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Education.

All courses are free to applicants, 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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'Quantified Human' - Alan Warburton

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Two free short courses to help you fully comprehend and make use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Delivered 100% online.

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Cybersecurity

Two free short courses to help you learn and understand the importance of cybersecurity and digital safety. Delivered 100% online.

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Climate Change, Carbon, and Sustainability - Course 4x

Climate Change, Carbon, and Sustainability

Four free short courses to help you understand climate change, carbon capture, and sustainability. Delivered 100% online.

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Digital Marketing

Four free short courses to help you develop digital marketing skills that are valued by all sectors. Delivered 100% online.

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Managing Transformational Change

Four free short courses to help you lead and manage change successfully within an organisation. Delivered 100% online.

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Digital Business

Four free short courses to help you learn the key concepts and ideas underpinning digital businesses today. Delivered 100% online.

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The courses 

Delivered 100% online, they include recorded lecture content and carefully curated readings. These courses are 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 (with the exception of our Cybersecurity suite, which is open to learners across the UK).

Unfortunately, these courses are NOT available for those currently in full-time education.

Course delivery

  • 100% online

  • Asynchronous sessions

  • 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.

Qualifications

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.

*with the exception of our AWS Academy Machine Learning course, within the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning suite, which is worth 10 university credits.

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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