Continuing your professional development in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Expanding your knowledge, skills and competence is essential to developing your career at any stage of your working life.

By following one of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies continued professional development programmes, you will benefit from high-quality education and research-led teaching. See our specialisms below but you can also find out about our general postgraduate courses on our dedicated postgraduate study pages.

The Graduate School of Education has more than 150 years' of experience training and developing teachers, and a reputation for excellence. Our outstanding educational research advances policy, theory and practice and contributes to the broader vision of Education, both nationally and internationally.

As well as our renowned PGCE teacher-training programmes, we offer the MA Education which is highly flexible and caters for educators with a diverse range of experience, development needs and study requirements. It aims to develop your chosen area of professional practice and, where appropriate, to help you improve outcomes for your students.

We also offer postgraduate degrees designed to enhance specialist knowledge, including Masters (MEd) and Professional Doctorates (EdD) as well as PhDs in Education. Visit our Graduate School of Education pages to learn more about our exciting and innovative programmes.

Our ambitious, dynamic and friendly Law School delivers a first-class legal education, offering some of the most sought after courses in the country. We offer a cosmopolitan teaching environment attracting students, staff, and visiting scholars from around the world. We have an outstanding reputation internationally for our research, with exciting prospects in human rights, international law, intellectual property, legal history, and European law.

Our continued professional development programmes in Law include:

Students planning a career in law will now also be able to complete both the academic stage of their training and the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Exeter thanks to an innovative collaboration with the University of Law (ULaw).

Please visit our dedicated Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) pages for full details. 

Our unique educational programmes are designed to develop the leaders of the future; those who are determined not only to understand but to shape events.

Our MA Applied Security Strategy aims to meet the needs of current and future strategic practitioners and anyone who wishes to understand strategy in action.

Alongside our Master's programme, our Strategy and Security Institute has developed a range of short courses and simulations for external partners and organisations:

  • Cyber Security: National Resilience and International Governance
  • Counter Insurgency: Conventional War of the Twenty First Century
  • Foreign Policy: Leadership, Power and Responsibility
  • International Criminal Law
  • Leadership and Change
  • Leadership Matters: Contemporary Debates
  • Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

Our Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Exeter takes an international perspective to equip you with the skills and understanding you need to operate effectively in an increasingly global and constantly changing environment. Learn more about our MPA on our dedicated pages.

Our distance-learning MA in Anthrozoology is especially relevant for professionals such as vets, veterinary nurses/technicians, animal trainers, dog wardens, zoo keepers, conservationists, and charity workers, etc. It might also be of interest to students who have completed social science undergraduate degrees or who have a science background and would like to expand their research interests into the social sciences.

The distance-learning format has the benefit of being sufficiently flexible to enable you to fit it in around your existing professional and personal commitments.