CPD, short courses and training

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Our high quality short courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities are designed to develop the key skills you'll need in your professional or academic career.

We have courses in health, business, social research and English language. Some of our courses are routes into degree study, unique training programmes and regular one-day events.

Routes into degree study

We offer a wide range of routes into undergraduate and postgraduate study. We guarantee you a place on a degree programme if you successfully complete a course with us. Our innovative courses are popular with both international and UK students because of our supportive and international learning environment.

Continuing Professional Development courses

Business

Essex Business School offers a number of executive education programmes in areas such as management, business strategy and key account management, as well as bespoke development packages based on your organisation needs.

Health and human sciences

We deliver CPD programmes for qualified health and social care professionals. Our staff are both academically and clinically qualified and many are practising clinicians. We provide you with training that is not just clinically relevant but based on current research and our years of experience.

Law

We work with Suffolk and North Essex Law Society to deliver an annual programme of CPD courses which are extremely popular with legal firms across the region. Our events feature high-calibre speakers and take place at our Colchester Campus.

Psychoanalytic

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

Summer schools

Essex Human Rights Summer School

The Human Rights Centre offers a five-day summer school in human rights research methods each year.

The summer school brings together some of the leading Essex and external human rights academics and practitioners, all with extensive experience of researching and working on human rights issues in a wide range of contexts. The summer school is ideal for human rights professionals working in NGOs, government and international organisations; lawyers; academics and postgraduate students.

Big Data and Analytics Summer School

The Big Data and Analytics summer school is for graduates, students, researchers and professionals in the emerging fields of big data, data science and analytics who would like to find out more or be updated on the current trends and developments in this exciting and fast-developing field.

Data analytics workshops and webinars

Our Business and Local Government Data Research Centre offers data analytics workshops and webinars that bring together the latest academic thought applied to real business or public sector issues. Using the latest powerful programming languages and software we share new big data skills and knowledge that can enhance your organisation to make stronger, evidence-based business decisions.

UK Data Service training

The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on social and economic data. We provide a single point of access to a wide range of data and support users in accessing, depositing and sharing data. The UK Data Service runs both face-to-face and online training events on the data we hold, data use and data management.

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. Our courses are taught by experts in their fields and reflect the teaching and research excellence of the social sciences at our University.

Doctoral training

Our Proficio programme provides doctoral training for postgraduate research students, researchers and other professionals from organisations both in the UK and around the world.

Business consultancy

Backed by our world-leading research we provide professional consultancy and hands-on operational support to businesses, from start-ups to multinationals.

English language courses

English classes

Our Essex Pathways Department offers English language courses to support you before and throughout your studies. Our pre-sessional English language pathways are ideal if you need to improve your English before starting one of our courses.

Essex Pathways Department

Our Essex Pathways Department offers a wide range of routes into undergraduate and postgraduate study. We guarantee you a place on a degree course if you successfully complete a course with us. Our innovative courses are popular with both international and UK students because of our supportive and international learning environment.

Talent Development Centre

Our Centre runs a programme of free Academic English language classes at our Colchester and Southend Campuses for international students studying at Essex who would like help to improve their English proficiency as they study.