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Durham University

Research and Innovation Services

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We provide professional training that challenges boundaries, is research-led, transformative and takes advantage of the latest digital technologies.

Whether you’re looking to undertake post-graduate study, bespoke training tailored to your needs, or to access free online courses, we offer a range of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities here at Durham.

CPD at Durham gives you access to some of the best researchers in their field who can help meet your training and development needs.

Take a look at our CPD offer:

Bespoke training

We provide bespoke courses for organisations looking for a tailored training solution, and are happy to discuss the content, format and location of delivery.

If you’re interested in a topic that’s not listed here, or you’re looking for bespoke training for your organisation, please get in touch:

Executive Education

Executive Education from Durham University Business School is shaped from over 50 years’ experience working with leading private and public sector clients. Our progressive executive education courses deliver immediate results for the individual and the organisation. Flexible in delivery, yet consistent in quality, you’ll find a programme to suit your needs, whatever your sector or location.

Free online courses

In partnership with FutureLearn, we offer free online courses on:

  • Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Leading and Managing People-Centered Change
  • Open Innovation
  • Archaeology and the Battle of Dunbar 1650: From the Scottish Battlefield to the New World

Short courses

Our short courses enable you to access Durham University’s world-leading knowledge to enhance and update the professional skills of yourself or your organisation, in a flexible way.

Languages courses for Business and Work

We offer business language training courses face-to-face or online in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish among others, from Beginners level upwards.

Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre (DISC)

DISC offers training sessions for NHS trusts, organisations, and individuals in private practice on SIDS and infant sleep safety; and normal infant sleep and parent support.

Durham Global Security Institute

Drawing on its inter-disciplinary network of experts, DGSI offers training in the areas of conflict prevention, humanitarian intervention and post-conflict stabilisation and peacebuilding.

IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

IBRU runs regular training workshops on practical aspects of boundary-making and dispute resolution, including maritime boundary delimitation, negotiating international boundaries, and geographic information in boundary-making.

Specialist Equipment/Methods Training

Many of our specialist scientific facilities offer hands-on training on the equipment they use, or techniques in which they have expertise.

Student Wellbeing and Support:

Workshops on sexual violence and misconduct in a higher education setting focus on the initial response and subsequent investigations.

Postgraduate study

We also offer a range of part-time and full-time postgraduate credit-bearing courses for professionals looking for a Durham University qualification. Find out more here.