Business and management short courses

Accelerate your career and update your skills with these professional courses in business and management. Subjects include accountancy, purchasing and supply, change management and innovative new topics like systems thinking and lean management methods.

These courses range from half-day workshops to longer programmes which take several months to complete. They cover business and management in its broadest sense, focusing on topics as diverse as supply chain management, strategic marketing, GDPR, events safety and health and social care leadership.

Professional body courses

The University of Derby is an ACCA Gold Approved Learning Partner.

The ACCA qualification is one of the main routes to becoming a fully qualified accountant. Those who complete this complex qualification demonstrate that they are dedicated to the accounting profession and have the knowledge and skills to match. It will become an invaluable asset to your career.

  • We're an ACCA Gold Approved Learning Partner
  • You’ll be taught by qualified lecturers who are active within the professional body and bring a significant amount of practical experience to their teaching
  • You’ll receive core teaching materials, have access to our online learning resources and the University of Derby’s extensive library
  • Through case studies and mock exams, we’ll regularly access your progress, offering feedback and identifying areas for additional support
  • Classes take place at our Derby Campus, a professional study environment with excellent IT facilities that enable you to learn and network
  • Professional Programmes Lead and ACCA Programme Leader Nagin Lad won ‘Lecturer of the Year’ at the PQ Magazine Awards 2017.

Study options:

You can apply directly to the University for these programmes using our online system.

The University of Derby is a Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Centre of Excellence.

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) provides benchmark education programmes globally for the procurement and supply profession. At Derby we offer qualifications from Level 4 to Level 6. On successful completion you will be eligible for full membership of CIPS and the designatory letters, MCIPS.

  • We are one of only a handful of CIPS Centres of Excellence.
  • You'll be taught by experienced professionals whose practical experience ensures that what you learn in class is relevant and applicable to your role.
  • Our pass rates regularly exceed the national average - during the most recent assessments, our students achieved 100% pass rates on level 5 and 6.
  • You'll study at weekly classes where you can share ideas with fellow students to stimulate debate and enrich your learning.
  • Your course fee includes core teaching materials, access to online resources and use of the University of Derby's extensive library.

Your course fees do not include membership of CIPS or any CIPS examination fees. These must be paid to CIPS.

Dependant on your prior learning you may qualify for an exemption to individual study units or even levels. Exemptions are designed to make sure that you do not repeat learning that has already been undertaken and recognised. Exemptions are given by CIPS, not the University, and for details of the requirements, the cost, and how to apply for exemptions – please see the CIPS website for details.

Our courses:

You can apply directly to the University for these programmes using our online system. 

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