Our range of online short courses are designed to help you in your personal development, whether that’s for your continuing professional development (CPD) or as part of your training and development plan. These online courses can fit in easily around work and family life so you can study at a time and place to suit. 

All of our short course are professionally oriented and work-based allowing you to immediately apply your learning to the work place.

Online Short Courses from the University of Derby

The University of Derby Online Learning is recognised for being at the forefront of online learning and people from around the world, who require more flexible study options, are increasingly choosing to study online with us for the quality of our programmes and the high levels of support that we offer.  

We have been delivering online distance learning programmes for over 15 years and we’re passionate about making University education accessible to those who are unable to or who prefer not to attend campus based studies. Our expertise lies in ensuring that your student experience, as an online learner of the University of Derby, is enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding.

Our online short courses are self-paced courses which means that you can study them in your own time. We offer two types of short courses:

  • Tutor Led – Our tutor led short courses run at set times throughout the year. They involve active group participation through online discussions and exercises along with self-reflection activities to assess subject understanding. An international community of learners creates an opportunity to network and develop personal and professional contacts too.
  • Student Led – Our student led courses are open for continuous enrolment meaning they can be studied at any time. These are self-supported courses which involve reflective activities to assess subject understanding whilst completing a work-based project.

Reasons to choose our short online courses:

  • You will be issued with a Certificate from the University of Derby upon completion of the course
  • After completing each unit, you will earn universal digital badges recognised by many employers and educational institutions around the world
  • Our short courses cover subjects that we specialise in, making it easy for you to progress to further study with us at undergraduate or postgraduate level
  • Learning material is mobile-friendly, allowing you to access it on mobile devices at any time, from any location with internet access
  • All courses have undergone a thorough University academic quality assurance process, so you can be sure that they meet high academic standards.

Discover our short online courses:

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Introduction to Innovative 21st Century Teaching

Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Leading for Results and Change

Social Pedagogy: Providing Children and Young People with Nurturing Care and Education