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Post-Experience & Postgraduate Study

CETAD is a centre for excellence in work based learning offering a new model of higher education.

We offer a range of qualifications at postgraduate level which are designed to be tailored to your individual development needs. You don't necessarily need a first degree to apply as we value learning from experience as well as formal study. In fact you may be able to make a claim for advanced standing for your prior learning. Modules can also be taken as freestanding short courses.

Our programmes offer a good range of subject choice and flexibility to plan your programme of study to fit with your individual and work circumstances. We encourage you to book a no-obligation Personal Planning Session to determine your personalised route.

The options are:

Professional Practice (Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/Masters Degree) - the most flexible negotiated option built around real workplace projects.

Professional Practice (Work Based Coaching) - a variant of Professional Practice which focuses on developing skills in work based mentoring and coaching.

Professional Development (Postgraduate Certificate with progression to Diploma or Masters Degree) - choose from our range of modules in line with your specific development needs.

Leadership and Management (Postgraduate Certificate with progression to Diploma or Masters Degree) - module choices related to the leadership and management of organisations, teams and individuals.

Organisation Development (Postgraduate Certificate with progression to Diploma or Masters Degree) - with a focus on how to develop organisations.


Those working in healthcare sectors can enrol on any of the above and in addition we offer these specialised options:

Leadership and Management (Health Care) (Postgraduate Certificate with progression to Diploma or Masters Degree) - explore leadership and management specifically as it relates to healthcare contexts.

Medical Leadership (Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/Masters Degree) - for doctors to develop skills in leadership and management.

Innovation and Improvement Science (Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/Masters Degree) - with a focus on how to achieve innovations and improvements in the delivery of healthcare.

Medical Education (Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/Masters Degree) - we are partners in the delivery of this Lancaster Medical School programme for those who teach medical students and doctors.


Other bespoke courses include:

Professional Practice (Health Service Leadership)