At the University of Aberdeen as well as flexible, quality online degree programmes, we also offer individual, credit-bearing short online courses that can be taken to work towards a degree qualification or for professional or personal development reasons.

Our online short courses are self-contained units of learning that are taught and assessed to the same quality as our degree programmes. Students enrolled on our short courses benefit from the same student experience, including access to a suite of learning resources and support, as students on our full degree programmes.

So, if you are thinking of starting on your journey towards a degree or want to advance your career with new knowledge and skills, then apply today for one of our short courses.

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Applied Health

Applied Statistics

Applied statistics introduces students to statistical concepts involved in the appropriate design, analysis and interpretation of research in health settings, covering aspects of data types and presentation of data; probability; samples, distributions, statistical inference; hypothesis testing; univariate parametric and non-parametric methods and correlation with an introduction to regression.

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This course in applied epidemiology gives an introduction to disease measurement at a population level, basic epidemiological study design and analysis, and provides an understanding of key methodological issues needed to apply when designing – or critically appraising – an epidemiological study.

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Evidence-Based Health

This course aims to enable the fundamental understanding and application of evidence based health at an individual- and population-level, focusing on the use of systematic reviews to synthesise evidence as well as methods to translate and implement evidence to inform health practice and policy.

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Fundamentals of Human Nutrition and Metabolism

This course will provide you with the basic knowledge required to enable you to move on to the complex issues that are addressed in today's society around the role of nutrition and food in disease prevention and management. This coures is designed as a refresher course for those who have already undertaken nutrition at undergraduate levels or to enable students with a strong science background to convert their knowledge into the nutrition field.

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Fundamentals of Research Design

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of health research methods. The course will focus on the development of research protocols, including how to formulate research questions, identify appropriate study designs, identify relevant outcomes and plan data collection.

Students will be introduced to the main study designs used in health research including experimental, observational, qualitative and mixed method designs. Sampling techniques and methods for data collection for both quantitative and qualitative methods will be addressed. Students will also be introduced to the importance of critical appraisal and research ethics and will learn how to communicate scientific findings.

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Health Informatics

We live in a time of ‘Big Data’ with the rapid growth in the digital capture of health information. Health Informatics is the science of data capture, linkage and analysis of large datasets to improve health. The demand for health researchers with training and experience in health informatics is high. For people practicing in Public Health, it is a key skill.

It will equip students for any career in health research or public health practice and this course is an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to develop a specialist interest in the field.

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Nutrition and Health Through the Life Stages

This course will provide a detailed knowledge of the relationships between diet, human development, health, and disease. Topics covered include diet and nutrition across the life course, integration and adaptability of different metabolic pathways e.g. starvation, exercise, and the role of diet in the development of diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. During the course you will also develop the skills required to select and critically appraise scientific evidence.

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Scotland: A Millennium of History

The course provides students with the opportunity to study a broad sweep of Scotland's history in both chronological and thematic terms. Themes offered include: Landscapes and Identities; Government; War and Conflict; Religion; Popular Culture; Mobility; Travel and Tourism; Urban and Rural Life; Highlands and Islands; Scotland and Empire; Education; Housing and Health; National Identities and Imaginations; Environment; Anglo-Scottish Relations; Population; and Literature.

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The Scottish Diaspora

The course has a global reach, engaging participants with the motives and experiences of emigrants and sojourners in the Scottish diaspora, and connecting those themes back to Scotland.

Topics covered include historiographical debtes; causes and consequences of late eighteenth-century emigration; Highland and Lowland Clearances; the recruitment business; Scots and Native Americans; Religion and Faith in the Diaspora; the Inter-war Exodus; the significance of sojourning; strengths and weaknesses of emigrant testimony as a source; and the diaspora in literature, poetry and popular culture.

Depending on students' interests, particular attention may be paid to Scottish settlement and its impact in a particular location, particularly the USA, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia.

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International Arbitration Law

Arbitration is growing in popularity as a dispute resolution method across a variety of sectors, and internationally. The law in this area is technical and complex, and a full understanding of how it operates is essential for anyone advising clients, or framing contracts carrying arbitration clauses

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Legal Principles

Those operating in the dispute resolution field need to understand some of the legal principles which underpin activity in this area. This course covers the main principles of contract law (which underpins the negotiation, arbitral and mediation contracts) tort/delict (which can be a basis for liability as an alternative to contract in arbitral proceedings) and some of the rules of civil evidence (which can apply in arbitration, with some implications around privilege and confidentiality for negotiation and mediation).

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Mediation Theory and Practice

This course offers students the opportunity to study the theory of mediation and to develop their skills in mediation practice. The course is designed to enable students to learn independently, with ongoing facilitation and support from experienced teaching staff. Students are encouraged to interact with tutors, peers and study groups to develop knowledge, understanding and interpersonal skills, which are critical for the effective practice of mediation. In addition, students will study conflict theory and communication skills, as well as the process and theory of different models of mediation and their application in the many areas where mediation is practised.

Students will be encouraged to critically reflect on their own styles and learning, a pre-requisite for effective mediation practice. It will look in detail at the full range of generic mediation skills, making it suitable for prospective mediators in all situations and jurisdictions.

A successful student will achieve a good understanding of the basic principles of conflict resolution with some practical experience of mediating disputes.

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Negotiation Skills

The vast majority of disputes and differences of a civil, that is, non-criminal nature are resolved before one of the parties commences legal proceedings, be they by application for resolution by a court, arbitration or mediation. Somewhere between 85% and 95% of those disputes and differences are resolved before the commencement of the hearing of the legal proceedings by the court or arbitration tribunal or the mediation proper.

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Petroleum Law: Resource Management

This course provides a detailed overview of key issues in the provision of access to petroleum resources and managing the relationship between the state and the private sector. Teaching and instruction will be by a variety of methods including podcasts, core readings, discussion boards and interactive discussion.

The course will cover such topics as: the role and objectives of the state, the international oil company and the national oil company; licensing regimes (from a theoretical and comparative perspective); contractual access regimes, such as PSA and service contract; and the comparison between the differing regimes.

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Risk Allocation In Oilfield Services Contracts

This course provides a detailed overview of the law relating to risk allocation provisions in oilfield contracts. Teaching and instruction will be by a variety of methods including podcasts, core readings, discussion boards and interactive discussion: Role of insurance, public policy challenges, gross negligence, third party issues and solutions, limitations of different solutions, different approaches in jurisdictions, contractual interpretation.

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