Continuing Professional Development - University of Portsmouth

CPD and short courses

Personal development and continuing professional development (CPD) training and courses

We offer a wide variety of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training and development courses at the University of Portsmouth. These include flexible, on campus, distance learning and work-based courses.

Our short courses have been developed by researchers and industry experts to meet the needs and aspirations of organisations and individuals. We’re continuously developing new programmes as business needs change. Relevant, up-to-date and practical, our courses are suitable for both professional and personal development.

Many of our courses carry academic credits and/or award professional accreditation, which you can use to accelerate your career or study towards further qualifications. You can access these at the University or online at home or at work through distance learning.

We can also work with you to develop bespoke CPD training courses and programmes for your organisation.

Join us at our University 2 Business Conference on 5 June to find out more about our CPD programmes and other ways to collaborate with us.

Our CPD courses

We currently offer courses in the following areas:

We offer many of our courses as individual units, allowing you to choose from a range of titles and, if required, build up credit over time to work towards a University certificate or award.

We currently only offer custom-made training for organisations. If you are an individual, please see the list above for the courses we currently offer.

Bespoke training for organisations

We can develop custom-made solutions for your business and employees, working with you to design programmes around the needs of your organisation.

By investing in CPD with the University of Portsmouth, you and your employees can:

  • Learn from inspirational expert speakers
  • Keep abreast of emerging techniques and innovation
  • Tailor courses to suit your organisation and employee needs
  • Gain accreditation in your area of interest or industry
  • Maintain your competitive edge

We can also accredit your in-house courses towards a formal academic award.

Make an enquiry to discuss your requirements and find out how we can help you.

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Our areas of expertise

We can work with you to develop short courses and programmes in many areas. Our areas of expertise include:

Architecture, construction, engineering and environmental

  • Architecture
  • Building information management
  • Coastal and marine resource management
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • European Space Agency
  • Historic building conservation
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Rock mechanics
  • Surveying
  • Sustainable drainage systems, materials, structures and geotechnics

Business and management

  • Accounting and finance
  • Administration
  • Business administration
  • Executive education
  • Leadership and management
  • Mentoring
  • Public administration
  • Risk and crisis management
  • Sales and marketing

Creative industries

  • Advanced Film Production and Editing
  • Computer animation and games
  • Motion Capture
  • Photography
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Health, science and biological science

  • Health Science
  • Nursing
  • Sport and Exercise Science

Languages and education

  • Education and teacher training
  • Languages
  • Translation

Policing, criminology, law and psychology

  • Crime scene investigation
  • Cyber security
  • Forensic investigation training
  • Law and legal training
  • Policing
  • Psychology
  • Security and risk
  • Understanding the mindset of the burglar

Technology and computing

  • Analytics
  • Big data
  • Computing
  • Logistics
  • Technology and management

This is not a complete list of the subjects we cover. If the subject area you’re interested in is not listed above, please still get in touch.

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What our partners say about us

"I left school at 15, so was slightly nervous at the thought of studying again, but the course has made me realise how much experience I already have. I have been taught so much that I can bring to my job" – Change Management Champion, Hewlett Packard.

"The University went beyond the task outlined in our training needs analysis. They proved excellent at getting to know our methods of operation and understanding the needs of our business" – Learning and Development Manager, Skandia UK Ltd.

"The links established with the University are assisting the company on its journey of continuous improvement and growth" – Managing Director, STS Defence Ltd.


We have further business services to support organisations. These include collaborative research and development, product development and support, and consultancy.

Please visit our Business Services pages to find out how we can help.

University of Portsmouth
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