Masters Degrees in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are vocational qualifications designed for postgraduate applicants with existing work experience. These courses will allow you to acquire new skills for your current professional role, prepare for management responsibilities or re-train in order to enter a related job.
Popular areas for postgraduate CPD courses include Education, Medicine, Management and Accounting. Programs may award full MA or MSc Masters degrees, but shorter Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates are also very popular. Some MBA programs also function as Continuing Professional Development, allowing candidates to boost their careers in business.
To a great extent, the effect of a CPD qualification on your career options will depend on your existing role and experience. You may use one of these courses to 'convert' to a new profession (such as teaching, or law). Or you may seek additional training to help you advance in your existing role.
For example, you might be a marketing professional seeking CPD in Social Media Marketing or Digital Copywriting. Or you might look to enhance your teaching skills by taking a course in foreign language training. In some areas, such as Medicine and Law, Continuing Professional Development is fairly common as employees look to stay up to date with new developments in their fields.
Popular specialisms for Masters Degrees in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) include: