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Take your understanding of mindfulness to the next level.

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

More than an academic study of mindfulness, this course is experiential. It blends academic and hands-on learning. You’ll try a variety of mindfulness techniques and investigate the claims, evidence for, and effectiveness of each.

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

This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in mindfulness. An always-on course, you can complete your studies anytime within a year of enrolling.

What will I study?

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

The course introduces you to definitions of mindfulness and the 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.

Why study Mindfulness online with Aberdeen?

How will I study?

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

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. 

Your course is delivered through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Also available as an app, you can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and tablet 24/7.

Your course features a range of resources, 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.

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 teaching team

Where will this take me?


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).

Teachers who graduate in this course can use it towards professional recognition in Mindfulness with the General Teaching Council. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Further learning

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

  • 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.

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

Colette Savage, course tutor.

Am I ready?

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) degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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