Join us online for this introductory course to entrepreneurship and innovation and learn how to drive real organisational change.

Monday 15 January–Friday 8 March 2024
Online - self-study and live sessions


This short, online course will raise your awareness of the legal, business, ethical, creative, analytical and interpersonal skills relevant to setting up and running a new venture. More broadly, it will encourage you to be an innovative thinker in a variety of organisational contexts.

The course focuses specifically on how and why some innovations are successfully commercialised, with particular emphasis on the role of the entrepreneur. It will cover five topics related to innovation, entrepreneurship and new ways of organising business activities with data:

  1. Data-driven innovation and entrepreneurship
  2. Design thinking, opportunity discovery and evaluation
  3. Business models and business model innovation
  4. Entrepreneurial growth and scale-up strategies
  5. Entrepreneurial leadership

Full programme details

Who is the course for?

This course is for those looking for an introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation. It is suitable for those with an interest in creating a new venture as well as for those wishing to create value in any organisation through data and technology.

This is an introductory Masters-level course (SCQF Level 11). It provides foundational skills and an overview of the subject. No prior knowledge is required. As a Masters-level programme, the course includes independent learning, critical thinking, analysis and reflection.

Programme format

  • Online course
  • Taught over 8 weeks
  • Learn through a mixture of self-study and live tutor sessions
  • New content is added weekly

All course content is available online and includes independent reading, short lecture video presentations, interview videos with individual entrepreneurs, case studies, online discussions, and exposure to practice. Throughout the course, you will also engage in a piece of research to evaluate your opportunity ideas.

Time commitment

This course comprises a total of 100 hours of study.

Live session dates

There will be weekly online live sessions on Zoom. Students are allocated to a group and will attend sessions either on a Monday from 16.30-18.00 or on a Tuesday from 9.30-11.00 (GMT).

Fees and funding

£1,065 (2023/24)

Through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Upskilling Fund, a limited number of fully-funded places are available on Data Upskilling Short Courses at The University of Edinburgh.

Check your eligibility in Course fees and funding section


You will receive a certificate from the University of Edinburgh on completion of this course and acquire 10 credits (CSQF system) or 5 credits (ECTS system).

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