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

The focus of this module is unusually on you as an individual.  We examine where you currently feel you are in the context of your professional, personal, and academic journey.   As professionals working within health and social care environments, much of our daily focus is on others, this module provides students with an opportunity to pause, to reflect, assess and evaluate what you need to develop within your career. 

This is a great first module for students returning to study, or for anyone wanting to refocus, as the journey of discovery leads to deep learning and enhanced confidence in your professional, personal and academic needs, so provides a direction for future development. 

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically reflect and self-evaluate experiences, past learning, and professional achievements
  • Critically evaluate the causes of personal comfort and fear and examine these against available evidence-based knowledge.
  • Critically explore the challenges that prevent personal and/or professional growth and development.
  • Systematically apply evidence to support a plan for growth and development, personally and/or professionally.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Best practice in reflection and how reflection can be used to develop skills in self-evaluation.
  • Tools that support self-evaluation.
  • Causes of comfort and fear.
  • Theories and philosophies that support personal growth, and how this deeper understanding can support life-long development.
  • Theories explored will be individual but include direction towards:
    • Intelligence and knowledge, confidence and vulnerability, motivation, self-affirmation, coaching.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures 
  • Online – learning materials/ discussion board 
  • Classroom discussions 
  • Student-led seminars
  • Self-directed focused exercises.


A 3000 word reflective exploration of self, critically analyse the experiences that have shaped your personal and professional self. Supported through discussion of seminal and contemporary literature which examines personal and/or professional growth and development. 

Course leader

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Hayley Ward

Director of Studies for Healthcare Practice Programme and Leadership in Healthcare Programme

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • 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