If you’re looking to keep up to date with your continuing professional development (CPD), our online professional courses can help you gain and develop industry-relevant skills and knowledge, with the flexibility of online study. What’s more, you’ll gain a new qualification in as little as 13 weeks.  

Employers across various sectors are looking for staff with the essential skills to do the job well. That’s why we’ve taken modules from our health, business and computing portfolio to study as standalone qualifications. Fill your skills gap, stay up to date with emerging trends and ultimately get ahead in your career.  

Our online professional courses are also 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 online professional courses

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 online professional courses


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 online professional courses

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 an online professional course

  • 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 online professional courses, or a PG Cert, PG Dip or full Masters degree, without further academic requirements.
  • Accelerate your career with enhanced knowledge of your chosen subject.
  • Study with an institution with over 15 years’ delivering high quality online education.

“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


You’ll study your online professional course 100% online, part-time, via a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) that allows you to access lecturecasts and resource materials 24/7. 

You can apply to study an online professional course using our dedicated application form. We’ll then be in touch regarding next steps.

The fee for each online professional course is £1,386 and payment is required upfront. However, our usual scholarships and alumni discount will still apply (excluding the upfront payment discount).  
We stand by the quality of our courses but if you decide it’s not for you within 14 days, then you’ll receive a full refund as part of our moneyback guarantee.

On completion of an online professional course, you’ll be awarded 20 academic credits at postgraduate level. You’ll also receive a digital certificate displaying the course studied, the amount of credits awarded and a transcript. 

There are various progression options available on successful completion of your online professional course. You’ll have the 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 our online professional courses 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 online professional course is accredited by The CPD Certification Service, they can be formally recorded as part of your CPD training log.