Continuing professional development

Online and face-to-face courses for professionals

From short courses and training to flexible postgraduate programmes

Our extensive range of continuing professional development (CPD) courses are designed for those who wish to update their skills, change career, or earn a qualification. We work with academic experts across the University and beyond to deliver world-class programmes to professional learners from across the globe, both in Oxford and online.

Our professional courses benefit from Oxford University's excellence in research and teaching as a globally top-ranking university and offer a dynamic and supportive environment that promotes valuable professional networks.

From business and management to diplomatic studies, ethics to medicine, technology to urban studies, we have a programme for you.

Browse all CPD courses or view by subject specialisms below.

Bespoke courses

We have extensive experience of working with clients locally, nationally and internationally in designing and delivering high-quality, cost-effective training solutions tailored to your exact requirements. We can create customised online, in-person and/or hybrid courses, or you can choose one or more courses from our existing portfolio to be delivered where and when you want it. You can also select aspects of our existing course content and combine them with personalised course elements.

If you’d like to discuss a customised course or training package, please contact us at:

Subject specialisms

Our wide range of career development programmes are grouped by subject below.

Contact details for the relevant team can be found on each course page.

  • Business and management: Short and intensive practical courses for managers and entrepreneurs, created and delivered with leading academic and industry experts. 
  • Data science, computing and mathematics: Short courses and Oxford qualifications in programming, systems analysis and statistics, including the online Advanced Diploma in IT Systems Analysis and Design.
  • Diplomatic studies: Our full time Master's in Diplomatic Studies is distinctive in the close relationship it enjoys with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and senior diplomatic practitioners. ​
  • Education: Plan and design your own online courses or improve your online teaching delivery with our 'Effective Online' courses.
  • English Language Teaching: Join fellow teachers from across the globe to share best practices and acquire a wealth of ideas to use in your own classrooms with our career development courses.
  • Environment and sustainability: World-leading programmes with an international perspective and scope in sustainability, urbanism, wildlife conservation and ecology. From short intensive courses in Oxford and online to postgraduate degrees. 
  • Historic environment: Professional development workshops providing expert tuition for those whose work involves fieldwork, planning, management, curation and research. Those with a keen interest in archaeology and historic buildings are also welcome to join.
  • Medical and health sciences: Postgraduate courses and CPD training programmes delivered through specialist departments of the University's Medical Sciences Division. Specialisms include paediatric infectious diseases, vaccinology, nanotechnology, experimental therapeutics, surgical science, translational medicine, and evidence-based health care.
  • Philosophy and ethics: The flexible and part-time MSt in Practical Ethics focuses on the application of rigorous philosophical analysis to real-life ethical problems and provides a grounding in ethical concepts and methods.
  • Psychology and counselling: Short courses and postgraduate programmes in psychology, psychodynamic practice, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapy.
  • Technology and AI: High-quality short training courses for professionals in electronic systems and signal processing; mobile networks and satcoms; high-speed digital, analogue and EMC engineering; AI, robotics, data science, IoT, cyber security and information engineering.

Upcoming courses

Short intensive • Professional development
  • Mon 04 Mar 2024 – 08 Mar 2024
Short intensive • Short courses • Professional development
  • Mon 04 Mar 2024 – 08 Mar 2024
Short intensive • Professional development
  • Mon 11 Mar 2024 – 15 Mar 2024
Online - live • Short courses • Professional development • Hybrid - in person or online
  • Mon 11 Mar 2024 – 13 Mar 2024
  • 3 meetings
  • 08:30 Monday - 17:00 Wednesday
Online - live • Short courses • Professional development
  • Mon 18 Mar 2024 – 22 Mar 2024
  • 14:30 - 16:00