Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

If you’re looking to keep up to date with your Continuing Professional Development (CPD), our CPD microcredential modules can help you gain and develop industry-relevant skills and knowledge, with the flexibility of online study.

Our online CPD microcredential short courses allow you to gain a qualification in as little as 13 weeks. Employers across various sectors are looking for staff with the essential skills to do the job well, which is why we’ve chosen modules from our health, business and computing portfolio to study as standalone qualifications. That way, you can fill your skills gap, stay up to date with emerging trends and ultimately get ahead in your career.

Our CPD microcredential modules are accredited by The CPD Certification Service, which provides independent CPD accreditation used to formally record CPD learning. Recognised in over 100 countries, the accreditation is compatible with international requirements and confirms our courses achieve qualitative standards required by professional bodies, institutional associations and education providers.

Business CPD Microcredentials

Management Principles and Practices

Develop your management style and learn what it takes to be a successful leader that encourages positivity in the workplace.


Project Management Techniques

Explore common project planning techniques, including PRINCE2 and AGILE thinking, as you build on your communication and reporting skills.


Marketing Strategy and Management

Discover why marketing strategies are key to business success and how to implement one within your own workplace.

Health CPD Microcredentials


Investigate the core principles of epidemiology to understand how diseases are controlled and how to make decisions which improve public health.


Healthcare Leadership in Practice

Learn about the different leadership styles within healthcare and how to drive performance and positive change.


Topics in Public Health

Explore current public health issues on a global scale and learn about future considerations so you can make a difference in your own community.

Computing CPD Microcredentials

Understanding Artificial Intelligence

Consider the evolutionary aspects of artificial intelligence and discover the key concepts and algorithms within this vastly growing sector.


Launching into Cyber Security

Deepen your understanding of cyber security by exploring common algorithm and programming practices, as well as how to design a secure information system.


The Data Professional

Learn how to collect, analyse and interpret data to help make informed decisions within your organisation.

Why choose a CPD Microcredential?

  • Boost your CV in as little as three months.
  • Gain a qualification accredited by the CPD Certification Service, along with a formal record of learning.
  • On successful completion, progress onto other modules or a PG Cert, PG Dip or full Masters degree – without further academic requirements.

“The modules taught by the University of Essex Online gave me an insight into a wide range of subjects and research has started becoming one of my strengths.”

Agnisha Bose
MSc Psychology


Like all our courses, you’ll study your microcredential 100% online, part-time. Our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) allows you to access lecturecasts and resource materials 24/7.

You can apply for a microcredential using our dedicated application form; we’ll then be in touch regarding next steps.

The fee for each microcredential is £1,320 and payment is required upfront. However, our usual scholarships and alumni discount will still apply. Please note, the upfront payment discount is excluded.

We stand by the quality of our courses but if you decide the module isn’t for you within 14 days, then you’ll receive a full refund as part of our moneyback guarantee.

On completion of the module, all students will be awarded 20 academic credits at postgraduate level. Students will also receive a digital certificate displaying the module studied, the amount of credits awarded and a transcript.

There are various progression options available on successful completion of your microcredential. You’ll have the relevant skills to excel in your career or reskill in a new industry – or you could study a further qualification with us, whether that’s a PG Cert, PG Dip or Masters degree.

Yes, all of our CPD microcredential modules are accredited by The CPD Certification Service which is recognised in over 100 countries and acts as a formal record of CPD learning.

Yes. Since each CPD microcredential is accredited by The CPD Certification Service, they can be formally recorded as part of your CPD training log.