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, with particular specialisms in:


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.

The PGCE has helped me to increase my confidence, not to over-analyse what I do and to keep a positive outlook in everything that happens. The programme prepares you in all ways for the start of your teaching career.

To date, I’ve been involved in running the after school Science club where students can gain a nationally accredited award; I’ve developed and co-ordinated an alternative learning day based on the Science behind the 2012 Olympic Games; and I’m hoping to continue my professional development by completing my Masters in Education (MEd).

Katie Aimable, PGCE Chemistry Secondary


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:

• Graduate Law LLB
• LLM Master of Laws
• MRes Socio-Legal Research

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. 


Studying in the UK, especially at Exeter, opened the door to many career opportunities in London and internationally. I noticed that the university has an excellent reputation among the major international law firms based in the UK as well as with the local firms in Devon.

Since I left Exeter I have been studying for my Canadian equivalency exams to be completed in May. I will begin my articling (training contract) in August as in-house legal counsel at an international infrastructure company based out of Spain. I am hoping to be called to the Ontario bar in Canada the following year.

Allison Davies, LLB Graduate Law

Strategy and Security

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

On leaving the Army I wanted to build on my experience and expand my understanding of the ‘levers’ that policy makers can bring to bear outside my narrow military experience.

The Strategy and Security Institute’s programme promised the combination of theoretical understanding and practical application I was looking for – not to mention introducing us to some ‘heavy hitters’ in policy and strategy. So far the course has provided the fast paced, forward looking, intellectual environment I had been hoping for.

Gavin Saunders, MA Applied Security Strategy

Public Administration

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.

The MPA is a programme about how to do your job in the public sector in the best way and it is crucial for people who want to work in that sector. Studying the MPA helps me to understand the role of public officials, and the process of creating and delivering public goods and services. It gives an understanding of the reforms carried out in different countries to achieve results sought by respective governments.

Zhanbolat Meldeshov, Master of Public Administration (MPA)


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.

I'm two years into the MA Anthrozoology and can honestly say it's been life changing in very unexpected ways. I began it for personal interest and to expand my research skills; I've ended up hoping for a complete career change with a focus I wouldn't have even dreamt of two years ago. The freedom to explore personal interests for the assessments is a very welcome educational experience being both challenging and liberating. The course has been engaging, fun, challenging, educational and inspirational.

Amanda Newell, MA Anthrozoology

You can also find out about our general postgraduate courses on our dedicated postgraduate study pages.