Continuous Professional Development

The School of Health in Social Science offers a variety of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses across our subject areas for people working in heathcare and associated settings.

Courses that form the basis of PgCert or MSc programmes may be taken as stand-alone courses. Participants can accumulate credits towards a postgraduate degree, such as the MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches or the PgCert in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). This is an excellent option if you are not sure if you are ready for a whole programme of postgraduate study. Alternatively, a single course may be accessed which is relevant to your career. Students applying for CPD courses must meet the entrance requirements for the associated PgCert or Masters programme.

CPD courses can be campus-based or online, and can be taken 'for academic credit' or 'not for academic credit'.

‘for academic credit’ route

CPD students who take the course for academic credit attend course sessions and, in addition, need to complete and pass the course assessment/s.

CPD students who gain academic credit receive a Certificate of Completion, as well as an official University of Edinburgh transcript stating the credits gained.

Students may use this credit towards the award of a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or an MSc (180 credits) as per the Universities Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy.

‘not for academic credit’ route

CPD students who take the ‘not for credit’ route, attend course session but do not complete any course assignments.

CPD students will receive a Certificate of Completion.

As no credits are awarded, this route cannot be used towards any future awards.

Available CPD courses:

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Context, Contributors & Clinical Presentation

Advanced Practice in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (Online)

The Assessment and Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

This five-day course provides introductory training for practitioners in IPT and reflects the IPT competency framework (see link below). It covers the theory and application of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) including principles of assessment, diagnosis and treatment. This course is accredited with IPTUK and IPT Scotland. This course qualifies participants for Level A (Basic) training in IPT.

This course provides a supervised practice placement supported by teaching days.

This course will support nurses and other health care practitioners in developing their advanced level practice in the area of neurological rehabilitation. It will have a specific focus on the needs of young adults with stroke or other Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), their family and carers, but be relevant to a wider range of conditions and age groups.

This postgraduate course aims to understand extreme health inequities in a global context, with a focus on homelessness and displacement as well as the connection between housing markets and the health and wellbeing of individuals. Drawing on interdisciplinary expertise and expert-by-experience input, it will be of interest to domestic and international students from a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, public health, nursing, social sciences, social care, and human geography, amongst others. The course places particular emphasis on making input from empirical and theoretical research practically applicable to health and social care professionals.

This postgraduate course aims to understand the global context of homelessness and to apply it to the health and wellbeing experience of the individual at local level. It is anticipated that this course will be of interest to students from a wide range of different disciplines, including medicine, nursing, social sciences, allied health professions and geography, amongst others. A strength of this course is the interdisciplinary nature of the course and the opportunity to learn from each other.

The course will be taught fully online over 10 weeks and will consist of synchronous and asynchronous online activities including 'study circle' group journal workshops. These 'study circles' consist of 5-6 students and are student led.