Professional development (CPD)

Professional development can help you become a better practitioner, enhance your career prospects or simply help to make you feel more confident about your work and make it more personally fulfilling.

Whilst professional development  is an important part of our working lives, it also represents a means for employers to support their staff. Professional development can facilitate access to specialised structured training, help to review working practices and contribute to a more effective and profitable business. Indeed engaging staff in professional development activities can be invigorating for individuals and the business alike.

At Plymouth University we are fully committed to the provision of appropriate, effective and relevant professional development opportunities that enable individuals, employers and University staff to succeed. The range of professional development activities that we offer is diverse, flexible and varied. They can be as simple as developing your practical skills through highly focused short courses or they may be designed to increase your theoretical knowledge and in depth understanding based on critical examination of specific working practices over a longer period of time. Where appropriate they can lead to qualifications at varying levels to gain recognition of developing skills.

Professional development  can be delivered in group sessions within or away from the workplace, utilise programmes designed for individuals to follow on-line or be bespoke work-based programmes designed to meet the needs of individuals and their employers. They can be organised by the University in conjunction with an appropriate external body. 

For further information about the courses that we offer select a subject area below.

Arts and humanities

Looking for ways to continue your professional development? We've opportunities from MA and doctorate level study, to education expansion courses.

Learn more about our opportunities

Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry

From courses on rotary endodontics, to chances to trial the latest equipment. Grow and learn as technology and treatments move forward.

Learn more about CPD programmes at PU PSMD


We offer Robotics short-courses which are modules taught as part of the MSc Robotics Technology, a joint two-year course delivered in the first year at Plymouth and in the second year at Carnegie Mellon University in the US.

MSc programme leader, Guido Bugmann, has three patents and over 140 publications in service robotics, neural systems and spoken interfaces.

Find out more about MSc Robotics Technology