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Short courses and Continuing Professional Development

You can access many high quality short courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities through the University of Essex. Our courses are designed to develop the key skills you will need in your professional or academic career. Key areas we cover include health, business and social research. Many of our departments also offer specialised CPD courses.

Courses and services we provide include:

  • unique training programmes;
  • modular and part-time courses to suit your needs;
  • mentoring and coaching;
  • bespoke training; and
  • regular one day events.

Essex short courses in social research

Our short courses in social research give graduate students, practitioners and academics the chance to upgrade their skills in social research methods, This renowned programme of training events is organised by the Department of Sociology.

Health and Human Sciences

We offer a wide range of CPD learning pathways including short courses to clinicians and health care professionals through our School of Health and Human Sciences. The courses are designed to support Continuing Professional Development and respond to the changing focus of healthcare in the 21st century.

Biomedical professionals

Our School of Biological Sciences runs short courses for biomedical professionals such as biomedical scientists, clinical scientists, nurses, health service and allied health professionals. For further information on current short courses you can contact our School of Biological Sciences.

Professional development studies

The Professional Development Studies team work with organisations to deliver high quality courses focusing on Professional Development across a range of fields including health care, social work, business and education.

Business Hub courses and activities

Breakfast meetings and one day courses are regularly organised by our Business Hub in Southend - giving your business access to specialist training, including expert on-site short courses covering every aspect of the business world from generating website traffic to business finance.

CPD at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies

You can take a selection of modules at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies on a CPD basis and we also offer a number of other courses and sessions.

Part-time study

Many of our courses can be taken on a part-time basis so you can study while working. Use our Course Finder to find out if there is a part-time option for the course you are interested in.

Other CPD opportunities

Our departments and schools also offer specialised courses throughout the year. For example, the School of Law delivers a CPD programme in partnership with Suffolk & North Essex Law Society. Check individual department websites for more information.

Training for our staff

We provide learning and development opportunities for all our staff and doctoral students



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