Professional development and short courses at the University of Derby

Professional development that works for you

If you're interested in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to boost your career our professional and online short courses offer a variety of different avenues to allow you to build your employability from day one. Our portfolio of part-time and short courses for CPD cover a wide range of industries from health and social care (including LBR) to education and business.


Health and Social Care CPD
Education CPD
Management and leadership courses

Discover our online short courses

Through our specialist online learning department, the University of Derby Online Learning, we offer a range of online courses for CPD and professional development, which can be studied 100% online, in your own time. Ideally suited for busy working professional, online learning gives you the freedom to study when and where you choose. Currently we offer the following courses, with more coming soon:


Health and Social Care professionals can also gain CPD through our standalone online 20 credit health and social modules which are designed to help you to improve the quality of your care.

In addition to this, we will be creating a collection of online short courses providing you with a variety of options to help progress your career.

Business Services

We also develop bespoke work based learning solutions for businesses and organisations, devising cost effective programmes to address specific gaps in the skills, knowledge and capability of their workforces. For more information, contact us on 0800 001 5500 or email


Courses approved by professionals

Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, so you can be sure you're learning the knowledge and practical skills that employers are looking for, and you'll have a recognised qualification when you finish.


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