This is an online course on data visualization for upskilling professionals in all sectors.

15. June 2020 - 17. July 2020


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Online course in Data Visualisation for Professionals


The University of Edinburgh is hosting a university-certified, 10-credit, online course in data visualisation with flexible schedule. The course runs from June 15-July 17 (5 weeks) and is primarily dedicated to professionals in, among others, finance, the sports industry, the creative industry, journalism, education and the public sector.

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With an aim to build skills that allow participants to directly apply their learning, the course features online videos and reading material, mini tutorials, drop-in sessions, complementary online teaching material, and seminars by guest speakers. More about the course organisation and its schedule

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse: Describe a challenge for a visualisation project and the reasons why visualisation is required.
  2. Structure: Break down the project considering its context (target audience, usage scenario), potential tasks that the visualisation should facilitate, and the characteristics of the data set.
  3. Design+Implement: Create a visualisation through one of various media (website, interactive, infographic, etc.) and through a self-selected set of tools (e.g., Tableau, D3.js), to match the earlier identified challenge.
  4. Evaluation: Critically reflect on a visualisation design and suggest constructive solutions.
  5. Apply: Competently apply a wide range of visualisation techniques and tools, also knowing their particular features and drawbacks.


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Submit Application

Applications are now being accepted for the course. Please note that you must state that you are registering for the course Data Visualisation for Professionals in the “Supporting Statement” section of the application form.


Prior to course start, we are working with participants to shape the course to best accommodate the specific needs of working professionals. We are currently carrying out interviews with participants who registered interest over the last month, and are feeding the information being collected into preparation of a virtual workshop. If you would like to take part in these taster sessions please indicate this using the brief interest survey.

Course Delivery Information

Entry Requirements

If you are unsure whether you meet these criteria please send your CV to bayes-training@ed.ac.uk.

Financial Support

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Upskilling Fund is providing fee waivers for participants resident in Scotland or for at least three years. Please see eligibility requirements for funding, or contact bayes-training@ed.ac.uk for more detail.

English Language Requirements

You must demonstrate English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence. Find out more about our language requirements.