Upskilling Scotland Scholarship

Upskilling Scotland Scholarship

At Heriot-Watt University, we are pioneers in education, committed to building partnerships that not only help people and businesses prepare for the future, but can also help them navigate the current crisis we are facing.

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 fully funded masters-level courses worth up to £1,340 from a range of masters programmes.

Providing certainty in uncertain times

The scholarship was established in response to the current economic situation and is committed to supporting the upskilling and reskilling of individuals aged over 18 who reside or have the legal right to work in Scotland.

This scholarship currently has four courses open. More courses will be available later in 2021.

What can you study?

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.
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
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
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.

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 will take between 150 and 200 study hours to complete. 

How to apply?

You can only apply for a fully funded Upskilling Scotland course by completing the 'Register your interest' 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:

  • 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.

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.

Register your interest

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