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Professional Training

We have a team at the Graduate School dedicated to designing, delivering and expanding a portfolio of professional training programmes so that you can study for a postgraduate qualification alongside your job.

Our professional training programmes are organised on a flexible module-by-module basis, which makes it easier for you to fit your studies around your work. Some are taught online, with additional face-to-face workshops. Others are taught in residential blocks of two-to-three days duration.

Each module is worth a certain number of credits, which can count towards a postgraduate qualification. Some students simply choose to take a single module for the purposes of their continued professional development. Others start by studying for the Postgraduate Certificate level, which requires a total of 60 credits. You can then choose to progress to a Postgraduate Diploma, which requires 120 credits, and if you complete an additional supervised research project, you can be awarded a Master's Degree.

Current opportunities

We currently offer programmes in Food Challenges for the 21st Century and Flood and Coastal Risk Management and we welcome enquiries from businesses who would like to sponsor students to take any of the modules on offer.

We are also happy to devise new professional training programmes specifically for particular organisations. If you would like to explore this possibility, please contact our professional development manager Dr Sue Ward.

  • Food Challenges for the 21st Century

    This is a unique professional training programme devised with the support of Waitrose, which focuses on the issue of global food security.

  • Flood and Coastal Risk Management

    This specialist programme is aimed at professionals who want to gain and apply technical skills and knowledge in the water, environment and flood risk management sector.

  • BHS2022

    This British Hydrological Society biennial Symposium will take place from Tues 6 to Thurs 8 Sep 2022 at Lancaster University with a Lake District field visit.