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Continuing professional development

Professional development courses bring benefits to the smallest of start-ups and the largest of multinationals. No organisation can succeed without a knowledgeable and highly skilled workforce.

To ensure your staff are effective and motivated, we offer continuing professional development (CPD) courses for organisations of all types and sizes, from SMEs to charities to global corporates.

Flexible CPD courses that meet your needs 

  • Courses can either be non-assessed or credit-bearing as required.
  • We offer flexible entry and exit on our postgraduate certificate, diploma and master's degrees.
  • Accredited study can give exemption from some professional examinations.

To align our courses with industry expectations, we work closely with many professional bodies, including IChemE, AMBA and EQUIS, IEE, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, IMechE, RIBA, College of Optometrists and CCAB. Some professional bodies can require evidence of CPD as a mandatory criterion for membership.

Modes of study

We offer a range of flexible modes of study that can be tailored to your specific requirements. These include:

Master’s training programmes

MSc courses are organised in a modular format, with periods of study here at the University and in the workplace. We design our programmes in collaboration with industry to tailor style, content and demand accordingly.

Bespoke MSc programmes or short courses

We can design bespoke MSc courses or short courses for your organisation, and deliver them either by distance learning or on campus. We can also develop additional project-based work for maximum relevance.

Research training opportunities

These include Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy programmes, as well as the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree, which is a professional doctorate combining industry-based research, management courses and professional development activities. It is especially suitable for companies wishing to offer development opportunities to senior staff. The EngD is an accredited MPDS for IMechE and IEE.

Flexible study formats

Different formats of study are available, ranging from two-day courses to modular masters programmes lasting three to five years.

Examples of modular formats include one- or two-week blocks of lectures, tutorials or laboratory work, with further study off campus.