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Study mindfulness online with expert practitioners and mindfulness researchers.

Explore the fascinating theory, science and philosophy behind this popular wellness practice.

This course blends the academic study of mindfulness with experiential learning. You’ll try a variety of mindfulness techniques and investigate the claims, evidence for, and effectiveness of each.

You’ll also find out how to apply mindfulness in your workplace. whatever your sector. If you’re an existing mindfulness practitioner, you’ll develop the advanced knowledge and qualities for professional excellence in this field.

If you’re a teacher, you might be interested in our online Mindfulness in the Classroom course.

Study anytime

This is an always-on mindfulness course, so you can start anytime. You have a whole year to complete the course part-time, at your own pace. Learning materials are available 24/7, so you can study whenever it suits you.

Course options

You can choose between a credit-bearing version of this course with assessments, and a zero-credit version without assessments.

You can use the credits you earn on the credit-bearing course towards our MSc Studies in Mindfulness and Mindfulness Professional Recognition, a qualification recognised by the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS).

What you’ll study

You’ll work through six modules. They blend academic and experiential learning.

You’ll explore the definitions of mindfulness and debates around it. You’ll look at evidence of its application, potential and efficacy in different settings.

You’ll develop skills to understand academic literature so that you can study claims and evidence in more depth.

As well as studying mindfulness, you’ll also practice it. You’ll learn a range of mindfulness techniques. Experiencing these first-hand, you’ll reflect on their personal and professional impact.

With your tutors’ help, you’ll learn to apply mindfulness to a variety of professional and life settings.

The six modules you’ll study are:

  • Mindfulness: emergence and context
  • Science of the mind
  • Embodied mindfulness
  • Kindness, compassion and gratitude
  • Mindfulness of emotions
  • Awareness and insight.

By the end of this course, you will…

  • Have explored the definitions, science and impact of mindfulness.
  • Understand the potential role and applications of mindfulness in managing your mind and mental wellness.
  • Have experienced and reflected upon a range of mindfulness practices.
  • Understand the role of mindfulness in emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

How you’ll study

Our Discovering Mindfulness course is delivered 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • podcasts
  • tutorials via Powerpoint with audio
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with classmates and tutors
  • audio-based practices
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

University staff will guide you through six course modules with recordings of lectures and guided practices. You can engage with these at your own pace. At the end of each module, you’ll undergo a small assessment that then unlocks the next module.

Study hours

As this is an always-on course, you can study as and when it’s convenient for you. You’re completely free to set your own study hours once you’ve enrolled. You’ll have up to 12 months to complete the course.

We expect you to spend around 150 hours on the course. As a guide, that’s around 10 – 15 hours per week over 12 weeks. But you’re free to set your own pace and choose your own hours.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

If you choose the ‘learning and assessment’ option, you’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) when you complete this course successfully. You can use these credits towards further learning, including:

  • or our unique MSc Studies in Mindfulness – Scotland’s first Masters in Mindfulness, with time spent at a Buddhist retreat on Scotland’s Holy Isle.

Both of these courses are blended (part online and part on-campus).

Find out more about credits.


The Discovering Mindfulness course helps you develop the advanced knowledge and qualities for professional excellence in this field.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

If you’re a teacher and complete the credit-bearing version of this course, you can use it towards professional recognition in Mindfulness with the General Teaching Council. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

For me, mindfulness has been a path to greater joy, balance and resilience.

Colette Savage, course coordinator.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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