Online Learning


Online learning

To achieve The Data Lab’s vision to showcase Scotland as an international leader in Data Science, our online training programme provides funding to develop online courses which contribute to the requirement for more flexible high-quality data science training and education.

In previous calls this programme has funded a range of data science online learning courses including MOOCS, professional training and Masters programmes. 

Over the last few years we have funded the development of a range of data science Online Learning Courses.

Below are links to training courses funded by our online programme that are live and open for registration.  There are also details of training courses currently in development as part of the programme which will be available in the near future.  

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Please follow the course links below to register for any of the online courses.

Available courses:

Starts 20 January

Driving Value from Data

A course that goes beyond the hype surrounding data by demonstrating how you can drive value. This course explores data at an introductory level for decision makers. This is a course for those of you setting up data capabilities for the 1st time, or those of you taking steps to the next level of data maturity. This is for you if you are part of a community that is leading the change to make your organisation more data savvy.

Find out more and register for this course

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Data Ethics, AI and Responsible Innovation

Our future is here and it relies on data. Predictive policing, medical robots, smart homes and cities, artificial intelligences – we can all think about how any of those could go wrong. Discover how we can build a future where they are done right.

This story-driven course is taught by the leading experts in data science, AI, information law, science and technology studies, and responsible research and innovation, and informed by case studies supplied by the digital business frontrunners and tech companies.

Launches 24th February. Find out more and register for this course


Data Science for Ecologists and Environmental Scientists

Scientists in environmental fields increasingly need strong data manipulation, analysis, and visualisation skills, but are not always taught data science in their degrees. Our online course is made by ecologists, for ecologists, and focuses on giving you the skills you need for your studies or career. Depending on your chosen path, you will learn to use R to manipulate, graph and analyse ecological data, or build on your existing skills to create advanced data visualisations or master new analysis techniques such as mixed-effect modelling, ordination, etc.

Launches 27th January. Find out more and register for this course 


Using Data in the Tourism Industry

Discover how data can be used to drive business decisions.
A free online learning course created by the Edinburgh Napier University and Scottish Enterprise.
Data gives businesses in the travel and tourism industry the foundation it needs to make innovative decisions. From accommodation to tour company providers, there’s potential for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to grow and improve productivity if they understand the value of data.

Course reruns on 20th January. Find out more and register for this course 

Big Data

Data Science for Colleges

A 6-module course which demonstrates how everyone can benefit from learning more about the data that flows around us. You will be introduced to the basics of data science, covering collection, storage, analysis and application, and given the option to develop a learning activity for students.

Find out more and register for this course


Hurricane Tracking with Satellite Data

Discover data analytics and learn how to process and interpret satellite data to track hurricanes.
A free online learning course created by the University of Strathclyde.  On this course, you’ll explore the key concepts of data science required to process, analyse, and interpret large datasets. You’ll use tutorials and case studies to understand the possibilities within these datasets, and learn how to interpret satellite data beyond the course.

This course is now finished, find out when the next course will start.   


Data Science for Environmental Modelling and Renewables

A free online learning course created by University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde.
Discover how data science can help us understand environmental change. On this online course, we examine and explore the use of statistics and data science in better understanding the environment we live in. You will develop data science skills learning from experts and completing hands-on modelling activities using real world environmental data and the powerful programming language R.

Find out more and register for this course.


Data Science in Stratified Healthcare and Precision Medicine

A course created by University of Edinburgh in collaboration with The Farr InstituteInnovative Healthcare Delivery ProgrammeNHS/NSSIBM and Aridhia.

In this course, you will learn about some of the different types of data and computational methods involved in stratified healthcare and precision medicine. This free 5-week course will run with an intake each month so you have an opportunity to enroll throughout the year.

Course starting 14th January (still time to join). Find out more and register for this course. 


The Power of Data Science in the Health and Care Sector

This course is a collaborative project by the University of Strathclydeand UrbanTide, with an advisory team including members from FlyingBinaryNES and DHI.

An online course targeting health and care practitioners and project and change managers, to learn how to make the most of data. Find out what data should be gathered, best practices around data governance, what tools and techniques will help you manage and analyse data, and how to work collaboratively with data scientists and digital teams.

Course reruns on 20th April. Find out more and register for this course. 


Data Science for the Games Industry

An online learning course created as collaboration between University of DundeeOutplayScottish Games Network4J StudiosNinja KiwiTeradataBig Consultancy and Enterprise Porridge.

This course, targeting gaming industry experts and the gaming-interested alike, aims to teach participant’s how to store and effectively analyse these data goldmines by drawing on Scottish gaming case stories and the technical background.

Find out more and register for this course.

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MSc Data Engineering

An online learning course created as collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University, and The Data Lab.  Apply now for a January 2020 intake.

The programme is aimed at graduates and practitioners with a background in business, quantitative science, or computing who wish to develop into effective Data Engineers with the business understandings and analytical, statistical and computing skills to contribute to this vital area for contemporary commercial and public sectors.

Find out more and register for this course.

Coming soon:


The Data Science of Cyber Security

Understanding Data Science for Lawyers

MDataGov (MSc in Data Analytics for Government) by Online Distance Learning

Data Science for Schools

– launches 4th May