Upskill with our fully funded short courses

Upskill with our online short courses

Undertaking an online upskilling course can help you to develop or change your career or support your business to grow.

About Upskilling

In partnership with the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Scottish Government, our online upskilling short courses have been developed in response to feedback from businesses regarding their people and skills needs and are therefore helpful for individuals considering their employment options as well as organisations looking to upskill their employees.


In 2021-22 RGU will launched a suite of over 20 courses in areas including leadership and management, digital and data, health and social care, and energy.

The funded places are available to applicants who are Scottish-domiciled. Applicants should also not currently be receiving SAAS funding. If you are not eligible or unsuccessful in securing a free place, you can still undertake the course by self-funding.

All RGU’s upskilling short courses are currently available at a significantly reduced fee of £350 (approx. 25% of the standard university price) in recognition of the challenges that everyone is currently facing. Unfortunately, these courses are not valid for any further discount.

Current Courses

Applications for all of our courses for academic year 2021-22 have now closed. Our course schedule for 2022-23 will be published shortly but in the meantime if you would like to get in touch please email us at

Principles and Concepts: Health Promotion and Public Health - 15 credits at SCQF level 11

This short course will support you to come up with creative and innovative solutions to improving population health. You will explore what health is and the different influences upon health using the latest evidence. This course critically examines the key principles, models and approaches to public health and health promotion.

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Short Course Support

Whether you are already working and aiming for advancement or seeking your next professional opportunity, our Upskilling courses will let you engage flexibly in ways that suit your circumstances in a dynamic and supportive online learning environment.

All RGU Upskilling courses are delivered and assessed online, allowing you to learn independently at times to suit you. Our courses also include opportunities to interact with subject experts and fellow learners to exchange ideas and further your professional development.

While learning with RGU, you can access a range of support to help get the most out of your short course. You can find links below to the support services available, but we know that while work and prior study experience may mean you are an accomplished and confident learner, you will likely have questions during your studies. That’s why each RGU Upskilling course has a dedicated academic member of staff – your Short Course Leader – who can be contacted directly via CampusMoodle. You will also find a general forum – for posting comments, questions, or introductions – at the top of your course area on CampusMoodle.

Our Support Services


Ask RGU is your platform to ask questions, obtain advice and help during your RGU journey.

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Careers Support

Our Employability team are committed to supporting you throughout your career, providing advice and opportunities for making the most of your time at university, individual discussions about possible career options through to decision-making and support through the application process.

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Counselling & Wellbeing

Studying at University is an exciting and rewarding experience. For some it also brings changes which might at times be difficult and stressful. The Student Counselling & Wellbeing Service is here for you.

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The Inclusion Centre: Disability & Dyslexia

The dedicated team at the Inclusion Centre are on hand to provide you with information and advice to support you through your time at RGU.

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IT Helpdesk

The IT Helpdesk offers support for all your university needs. We support students staff and visitors with everything such as IT accounts, how to connect to the wireless service, accessing and configuring email, print, copy and scan, and the location of IT labs across our campus - and lots more.

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Religious Support

Our chaplaincy service is available for people of all faiths and none.

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Report & Support

Our online platform enables anonymous or named Gender Based Violence disclosures, offering direct help in complete confidence and detailed guidance & specialist support.

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Student Union

Going to university isn’t just about getting a degree, there is an entire lifestyle that comes with being a student. Studying is a big part of the experience, but there are also many opportunities available which will allow you to try new things, meet new people, and make the most of your free time.

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Study Support Services

The Study Skills team offer advice on a range of study skills, supporting you in meeting your academic potential, and in becoming a confident, independent learner.

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Student partnership and feedback

RGU strives to continually enhance the university experience by working in partnership with the student body.

From informal discussions with peers and staff, to engaging with RGU:Union and university events and providing feedback via questionnaires – your views can help shape and change the student learning experience within the university.

As a student on an RGU short course, you will have the chance to provide feedback via an end of course questionnaire. Your feedback will help to inform future course enhancements.

Future Courses

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