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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development

A flexible, bespoke, work-based route to a Postgraduate Certificate.

About the Programme

This course enables you to choose optional modules in line with your professional development needs in subjects such as leadership and management, change management and personal effectiveness. You can start with one module and return later to build it into a qualification, or enrol for the qualification at the outset. The ‘step-on, step-off’ nature means you can pace your study to suit your own work/life balance.

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Key Facts

Programme Content

To achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, you will complete the following module plus optional modules to a total of 60 credits. 

Assessment Methods

The assessment methods vary, and may include coursework, project proposals, reports, reflective commentary, and oral presentation.

You can progress to a Postgraduate Diploma and/or MA/MSc in Professional Practice from the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development. Alternatively, you may be able to make a claim for credit for prior learning by completing Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning.

At this stage of your programme there is increased emphasis on bespoke learning related to the delivery of your work-based projects and you choose from a range of optional modules in line with your specific needs. You will need modules to the value of 120 credits for the Postgraduate Diploma as 180 credits for a Masters degree.

Diploma and Masters modules include:

  • Work-based enquiry methods for investigating work-based change projects
  • Work-based change projects, varying in size and scope

Core Modules:

  • Negotiating your Professional Development


  • Optional modules
  • 20 credit project (Diploma) and 60 credit project (Masters)
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"I really enjoy seeing our Postgraduate Certificate students grow in confidence and learning maturity as they progress their studies; I see the content of the PLD module and associated learning mentor support as pivotal to this" Paulette Swindell, Scheme Director.

Entry and Apply

Entry Requirements

You will need to be in work (paid or unpaid) in a role that enables you to meet the requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate.


For fee information, please visit our Course Fees page.

Start Dates

We are recruiting now for start dates in February, April, June, September and November. To discover more about the programme, please make an enquiry.


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