Developing Yourself Personally and Professionally

Key information

Start date:
28 October 2024
Attendance dates:

28 October 2024

09 December 2024

27 January 2025

Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Contact details:
  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module overview

This module has been designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals from a broad range of practice settings and disciplines through the development of an individualised journey of learning.

It will help you develop the skills you need to thrive in the fast-moving healthcare sector. You will be able to develop yourself professionally and academically in areas relevant to your field of practice making links between your practice and the theories and frameworks supporting it. You will be able to study modules relevant to your area of practice and gain recognition of your prior learning, academically and experientially.


Module aims

This module aims to create a culture of professional and personal development where you will develop a personal journal of development to evidence your understanding of your professional role within contemporary healthcare practice.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on your experiences, past learning and achievements to construct an outline plan for a structured programme of learning/ development addressing your individual learning and development needs.
  • Critically explore the relevance of your proposed scheme of study for both your personal and professional development drawing on the contemporary literature on professional development.
  • Critically explore current health and social care policy and implications for service users/patients within the context of your own practice and personal development.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of lifelong learning and how it relates to the maintenance of personal and professional skills and proficiency through critical reflection and information fluency.
  • Critically evaluate the relative success of this strategy post-placement and relate your work practice to a discrete body of academic literature.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Reflective practice
  • Individual planning
  • Lifelong learning for health and social care professions
  • Policy development
  • Legal and ethical issues.

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2023/24 curriculum, our PGT/CPD modules will continue to be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face to face and online delivery (both live and asynchronous), as this has worked really well for our practice-based colleagues. It is important to recognise the majority of modules contain face to face contact time and attendance at the University will be required.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures (including e-lectures)
  • Seminars
  • Guided study
  • E-learning.


Reflective portfolio of professional development including:

  • A reflective synopsis critically analysing your role in health and social care and your current learning needs (2,500 words)
  • A personal development plan outlining your future scheme of study
  • An extended curriculum vitae.

Course leader

Amy Dopson profile image

Amy Dopson

Associate Professor & Head of Department: Continuing Professional Development and Post Graduate Education

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • Professional registration as a healthcare professional:
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Working in health and social care.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications close on 2 September 2024 or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

Send your completed application to

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read the full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.

Post-registration Administration team

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH