The University of Northampton offers a number of professional courses in areas such as:

  • business
  • health
  • education
  • science and technology
  • social sciences
  • the arts
  • land based courses (Moulton College)
  • animal care (Moulton College)
  • management (Moulton College)
  • construction (Moulton College)

We can also provide flexible learning for students who need to tailor their studies around other commitments. If you have been out of education for a while, the University provides study support to help improve any skills you may require for your studies, such as essay writing, referencing, various workshops, tutorials and more.

View our professional courses for further information.

Business and management

The University of Northampton offers a range of professional development opportunities which are designed to be studied alongside employment and corporate training programmes. Many of our courses come with professional and industry related accreditations including:

  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Institute of Corporate Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)


The University has been a provider of post-registration education to healthcare professionals for many years. During this time we have developed extensive expertise in the development and delivery of such provision, which has grown from one award in the MSc Health Studies to an extensive portfolio of awards. Our staff have developed a wide range of contemporary interdisciplinary modules which respond to both the local and national health care agenda.

The Faulty of Health and Social Care also offers a range of professional short courses, which are suitable for people wishing to develop their knowledge of a specialised area. Subjects include brain injury and rehabilitation, orthopaedic development and challenging behaviour. We also offer courses for those who wish to return to nursing, midwifery or health visiting.

Doctorate of Professional Practice

The Doctorate of Professional Practice offers advanced practitioners the opportunity to develop their academic and research skills through a programme of study which is both grounded in and applied to professional health and social care practice. This award offers the platform, opportunity and context to make change happen in health and social care.

This programme is aimed at developing the skills of the future leaders in health and social care and will attract people who are currently working as senior advisers and managers, advanced practitioners, independent specialists and consultants.

For further information email Mary Dobson and for application information visit the How to apply page.


The University offers a wide range of CPD and professional development programmes at postgraduate level to support teachers and schools from ITT (Initial Teacher Training) to NQT (Newly Qualified teacher) to Leadership.

Masters’ Level Programmes

Programmes we run at Masters’ level for practising teachers include the following:

  • MA Education
  • MA Education (Early Years)
  • MA Education (Mathematics)
  • MA Education Leadership and Management
  • MA Education SEN and Inclusion
  • PG Cert Primary Mathematics (MaST)
  • PG Cert Primary English
  • The SENCO award

Most of these can be taken full or part time. This is not an exhaustive list, with new awards regularly being designed and rolled out

Bespoke masters courses

The University of Northampton can also run bespoke masters modules and bespoke masters (MA) courses at individual schools or at a cluster of schools. These are designed for practitioners working in education or associated professions and provide participants with opportunities to enhance their practice by reflecting on their own personal and professional experiences and developing further skills, knowledge and understanding in aspects of specific interest. Discounts are available for ten or more participants.

For more information please email James Underwood.

Programmes in Specialist Subjects: Mathematics, English and Computing (Primary)

Our programmes in specialist subject leadership at primary level are all two year professional development programmes for primary school teachers. They provide participants with deep subject and pedagogical knowledge that informs and is informed by their own practice through study, analysis and research. The courses also allow participants to develop the collaborative, practice-transfer skills needed to work with colleagues across the school to develop their subject and pedagogical knowledge and to implement improvements in teaching and learning.

A significant opportunity for professional development, the programme includes Higher face-to-face training and local network meetings. On completion of the course, an award of 60 masters level credits from the University of Northampton will be granted.

Any qualified teacher working within a primary school setting is eligible to apply – you will require the recommendation and support of your head teacher. For more information please email Julie Bedster (mathematics), Jo Palmer (English), Helen Caldwell (Computing) or phone 01604 892845.

Individual CPD Days and Twilight Sessions

We also run a wide range of full day and twilight sessions. Topics that we have led sessions on recently for local schools include the following:

  • Forest Schools
  • Behaviour for learning
  • Creative teaching within the new NC
  • Teaching algebra and geometry
  • English across the curriculum
  • PSHE in the new curriculum
  • Leading change from the middle
  • Computing and coding
  • Using iPADs

If you would be interested in the University delivering CPD for your school please email James Underwood.