Subject areas

As the largest university in the UK, we can offer the widest range of subject areas as part of our professional development portfolio.

Browse our master's courses and postgraduate research programmes, or see below for specific training and CPD courses by subject area.

Business and management

Alliance Manchester Business School offers a range of executive development courses customised to meet industry requirements. Alliance MBS also hosts a series of short courses and seminars in areas such as data science, digital transformation, fintech, leadership, and health and public sector management.

Computer science

Our Department of Computer Science provides hands-on training courses in key computing technologies, computer science teaching training, and a portfolio of distance learning programmes.

Coding Boot Camp

Find out more about our part-time course in coding.

Health care ethics and law

Our Department of Law offers a range of short online courses specifically designed with busy health care professionals in mind. Replacing traditional professional development study days, you can complete these courses in a virtual learning environment and are assessed by short online multiple-choice quizzes.


Our Material Performance Centre offers bespoke courses to industry, either on-site or on University premises. Some courses are also available online.

Mechanical, aerospace and civil engineering

Our Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering offers a series of short courses aimed at the professional engineer.

Biology, medicine and health

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health is committed to advancing science and improving the lives of others both in the local and global community. This is done via education and training for health professionals and scientists.

CPD courses at the Faculty include full and part-time postgraduate courses, standalone CPD course units, and workshops that draw on the expertise of some of the UK's most respected academics, clinicians and health professionals.

Professionals can update their skills and knowledge in areas such as medicine, healthcare sciences, ophthalmology, nursing, midwifery, dentistry, mental health, audiology, pharmacy and speech and language therapy.

For more information on the CPD programmes we offer, please visit the Faculty website.

Pharmacy (England only)

The National Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is based at the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and provides continuing professional development to all 18,500 community pharmacists in England. A network of 90 local tutors assists in this process.