Upskilling Scotland Scholarship

At Heriot-Watt University, we are pioneers in education, committed to building partnerships that help people and businesses prepare for the future.

We are delighted to be part of the fully funded Upskilling Scotland Scholarship programme supported by the Scottish Funding Council. The scholarship offers access to a free masters-level courses worth up to £1,340 from a range of masters programmes.

What can you study?

MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Operations Management (C11OE)

This course will help students understand the scope and importance of Operations Management and the role of operations managers. Students will study the interaction of operations on the organisation, employees and customers. You will examine the links between process and operations design, business strategy and globalisation. You will learn about the different elements of operations and how to analyse an operational environment. You will also explore the challenges facing the operations manager in adopting innovative practices such as lean, new technologies and the growing social agendas such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Topics include:

  • Operations Strategy: strategic perspectives, conceptualising operations etc.
  • Operational Activities: product and service design, process, supply chain etc.
  • Regulatory Activities: resource planning, capacity management, quality management etc.
  • The trade offs inherent in Managing Operations: speed, dependability, flexibility, cost and quality.
  • Internationalisation/Globalisation: international/global perspectives on operations etc.
  • Future Perspectives: mapping developments, exploring future directions etc.

Read an extended outline of the course syllabus for Operations Management.

This course is part of MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Strategies for Managing Supply Chains (C11LS)

This course explores how logistics and supply chain management can be leveraged to gain a competitive advantage. When designing a supply chain strategy we consider taxonomies for the supply chain process selection as well as approaches to design and optimisation of the physical logistics network. Finally, we explore how disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT), might affect the logistics sector and transform supply chains in the future.

Topics include:

  • Logistics, SCM and competitive advantage
  • Designing a differentiated SC strategy
  • Collaborative strategies for a synchronous integrated supply chain
  • Time-based strategies and managing the lead-time gap
  • Logistical cost trade-offs and network design
  • Designing a resilient supply chain
  • Measuring supply chain cost and performance
  • The connected digital supply chain of the future

Read an extended outline of the course syllabus for Strategies for Managing Supply Chains.

This course is part of MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

MSc Business Analytics and Consultancy

Business Analytics and Introduction to Big Data (C11BA)

This course will teach you how to use a wide range of analytical tools and techniques to solve real business problems and improve business performance. Increasingly employers expect management graduates to have practical data analysis skills to support decision-making in business.

This course is part of MSc in Business Analytics and Consultancy.

Management Consultancy (C11BC)

Designed by the highly reputable Professor Julian Randall, the course will provide you with the tools and skills to effectively assess and advise companies on problem solving, change management and providing resolutions at all levels. At the end of the course you will be able to define, explain and critically evaluate comparative performance in different business sectors, search for, collect and organise publicly available information on sectors and organisations and engage with organisations and collect relevant business data and critically analyse business data from different contexts.

Part of the MSc in Business Analytics and Consultancy.

MSc Digital Leadership

Digital Leadership (C11DL)

In the era of knowledge, globalisation and digital transformation, the Digital Leadership course, part of the Digital Leadership programme, aims to develop in students a critical appreciation of leadership theory and the role of leadership in practice in a range of organisational, social, and cultural contexts.

The course critically examines the concept of sustainable and adaptive leadership/followership, cultural intelligence and digital transformation in organisations, explores major theoretical developments in how culturally intelligent leadership and followership are understood and provides opportunities for managers to reflect on real-life leadership issues in global settings. The course is divided into eight modules. Having explored what we mean by ‘leadership ’in the first module, the course then considers key developments in leadership theories and how they apply to modern organisations.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to leadership
  • Traditional leadership approaches
  • Modern approaches to leadership
  • Perceived Leadership Effectiveness / Ineffectiveness
  • Cultural Intelligence, a Competency of Effective Leaders
  • The Sustainable and Adaptive Leadership Model
  • Leadership and strategy in contexts
  • Gender, ethics and leadership

Read an extended outline of the course syllabus for Digital Leadership.

This course is part of MSc Digital Leadership.

Digital Business Strategy: Platforms and Ecosystems – (C11DG)

As digital technology becomes more pervasive and companies move further in the journey of digital transformation, the Digital Business Strategy: Platforms and Ecosystems course aims to provide you with a critical appreciation of the transformative potential of digital technologies in business, including their ability to reshape business and revenue models, transform business functions, deliver operational improvements and enhance customer value. You will examine and evaluate the organisational challenges associated with executing digital business strategies.

Course overview

Throughout the course, you will be examining the role of relationships and networks in delivering customer value, consider the organisational implications associated with executing a digital business strategy, including the implications for structure, culture, leadership, and management. You will develop skills in researching and evaluating real-world cases related to digital business strategies, whilst designing and implementing platform business strategies; governance strategies and management challenges.

Topics include:

  • Sustainable competitive advantage in a digitally disrupted environment
  • Digital business models: platforms versus products, platforms as eco-systems
  • Designing and implementing platform business strategies; governance strategies and management challenges
  • Executing digital strategy
  • Legal, anti-trust, ethical, and piracy issues associated with digital business strategies and business models.

Read an extended outline of the course syllabus for Digital Business Strategy.

This course is part of MSc Digital Leadership.

Master of Business Administration

People, Work and Organisations

Our People, Work and Organisations course aims for students to develop a detailed appreciation of factors influencing how people behave at work and how these link to performance. 

The course is focused on understanding individual differences, how these differences affect group dynamics and how organisational factors affect individual behaviour. At its core, the course aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge to positively impact on individual, team and organisational performance in a variety of dynamic organisational contexts.

Topics include:

  • Understanding behaviour in organisations 
  • Individual differences
  • Motivation and engagement
  • Work group dynamics 
  • Power, politics and conflicts 
  • Designing effective organisations
  • Organisational culture
  • Organisational change.

The course concludes with a detailed case study that allows students to draw on their knowledge of organisational behaviour and recommend interventions to improve performance. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to think critically about their role as managers and to reflect on their practice in light of relevant theory.

Read an extended outline of the course syllabus for People, Work and Organisations, which gives you an overview of the course content.

This course is part of Master of Business Administration

Leadership Theory and Practice

The course is divided into eight modules. Having explored what we mean by ‘leadership’ in the first module, the course then considers key developments in leadership theories and how they apply to modern organisations.

Leadership is enacted differently depending on the context, and the course hones in on some example settings for practice, including creative industries and projects, to explore alternative approaches to leading.

The role of leadership in setting and shaping organisational strategy is also explored, and contemporary issues of gender, culture and ethics are discussed.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to leadership
  • Traditional and contingency leadership approaches
  • Modern theories of leadership
  • Post-heroic leadership
  • Leadership in contexts
  • Leadership, gender and culture
  • Leadership and ethics
  • Developing leadership

The course ends by considering how leaders and leadership can be developed and provides insights into current trends and future directions.

Read an extended outline of the course syllabus for Leadership Theory and Practice, which gives you an overview of the course content.

This course is part of Master of Business Administration.

Delivery of courses

The courses are delivered online by national and international leaders in their field. Students will have full access to our state-of-the-art online learning platform and will be able to work through the course material at a pace that suits them. The courses will not only provide students with the theoretical framework of the subject area but will arm them with the practical tools, confidence and knowledge to flourish in their businesses and careers.

Each individual course is designed to offer complete flexibility and to suit your lifestyle. It is recommended that students undertake 10 hours of study over 15 weeks, each course takes 150 study hours to complete.

How can I apply?

Upskilling courses are funded by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council. The full-funded course increase skills, employability, and productivity which are vital to help Scotland's economy and are available to benefit both you and your career.

You can only apply for a fully funded Upskilling Scotland course by completing the form below. Please note, if you apply through the main application portal you won't be able to use this scheme.

To apply you'll need to be:

  • 18+ years of age
  • Reside or have the legal right to work in Scotland
  • Provide a 200 word summary outlining how upskilling in your selected business area will benefit you, your company and the Scottish Economy as a whole.

What will I receive?

When students complete and pass a course they receive the below each of which you can refer to in any job or academic application. You'll receive a formal Heriot-Watt University Certificate after completing your first three courses.

  • Three courses receive a Postgraduate Certificate
  • Six courses receive a Postgraduate Diploma
  • Nine courses receive your MSc Qualification

When you apply please ensure you have a copy or photo of a Council Tax bill, driver’s license or redacted payslip ready. View our full Terms and Conditions to find out more.

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