Learn online. Anytime, anywhere.

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Gain a new skill or meet your professional development needs with our range of short online courses. Wherever you are in the world, we offer you a high quality distance learning experience, either directly through our own virtual learning environment or through our credible partners Coursera, edX and FutureLearn.

One World Placard
Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live at COP28

Explore global issues during COP28 and be part of the call for collective action. What on Earth could be more important?

Short courses

Why study online with us?

The University of Edinburgh has been a leader in digital education and has attracted a global network of 4 million learners since 2012. Our learner-centred online courses are designed for both beginners and experienced professionals looking to upskill, and gain academic accreditation to boost their career. The courses are created and led by world-class academics with a passion for their subject areas, so you're in expert hands.

  • World Top 50
  • A global community of 4 million 
  • Taught by world-class academics

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