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 archaeology to business and management, medicine to technology, urban studies to zoology, we have a programme for you.

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Subject specialisms

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

We also offer a bespoke courses service for industry, professional organisations and government officials — programmes designed together with you, specifically for your needs.

Business and management

Short and intensive practical courses for managers and entrepreneurs, created and delivered with leading academic and industry experts. 

Computing and mathematics

Short courses and Oxford qualifications in programming, systems analysis and statistics, including the Advanced Diploma in IT Systems Analysis and Design — a one-year part-time course taught entirely online which covers many of the basic modelling techniques used in contemporary software and data analysis. 

Diplomatic studies

For early-to-mid career diplomats, as well as those who are new to the field of diplomacy and international relations. Our Master's in Diplomatic Studies is distinctive in the close relationship it enjoys with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and senior diplomatic practitioners. 


Plan and design your own online courses or improve your online teaching delivery with our 'Effective Online' courses.

Are you an English language teacher? Then 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 range of career development courses - including online and in Oxford.

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. Members of the public 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 • Short courses • Professional development
  • Wed 14 Jun 2023 – 16 Jun 2023
  • 09:00-17:00
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  • Mon 26 Jun 2023 – 30 Jun 2023
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