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Professional Development

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. 

Course Credits Start date Duration
Eco-system health and species conservation 20 January 200 hours
Wildlife disease management 10 October 100 hours
Veterinary techniques and interventions for Conservation Medicine 10 September 100 hours
An introduction to Conservation Medicine 20 September 200 hours
Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance for Conservation Medicine 20 May 200 hours
Interventions in Wild Animal Health 20 January 200 hours
Managing and Leading Conservation Projects 10 August 100 hours

How to apply

Applications must be made through the University's online postgraduate prospectus


In order for you to have access to the PPD of your choice you need to be enrolled as student. After we have accepted you onto the PPD, Academic Registry will send an email to your new University of Edinburgh Student email account asking you to fill in, sign and return a form for matriculation.