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 the University of Plymouth, 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 online 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.

Health: biomedical sciences, dentistry, health professions, medicine, nursing and midwifery, psychology

Designed with busy healthcare professionals in mind we offer flexible and accessible CPD opportunities to support regional, national and international healthcare priorities across the South West Peninsula and beyond.

Learn more about our programmes and modules


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


We offer robotics short-courses which are modules taught as part of the MSc Robotics.

Dr Guido Bugmann, Associate Professor, has three patents and over 140 publications in service robotics, neural systems and spoken interfaces.

Find out more about MSc Robotics

Humanities and Performing Arts

Whether you’re looking to gain new qualifications, develop a skill, or are just a life-long lover of learning, Humanities and Performing Arts Short Courses offer you an opportunity to develop creative and professional skills at a time convenient to you.

Find out more about our short courses