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Health Professionals and Sports Scientists CPD Framework

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Health Professionals and Sports Scientists CPD Framework

The flexible framework is designed to broaden knowledge and understanding in the general field of health sciences to meet the demands of a changing population demographic. Cherry-pick from a portfolio of modules to create a tailored programme, specific to your own role within the health service, your career ambitions, or area of interest.

If you can’t commit the time or cost to a full MSc programme, this framework offers up to six years to complete the desired award; whether this is just standalone modules or Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Studying modules on this route is perfect for you if you are a busy health professional who wants to gain recognition for your CPD efforts as you develop your knowledge and understanding to make an impact in your field.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance

  • Blended

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

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Course Length


Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

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Course Length


Many of the key policy drivers across the UK health and social care sector attempt to address the public health challenges which include lifestyle related diseases, population growth and an ageing demographic, mental health problems, addictions and health inequalities. There is also a recognition that good health is not solely down to the NHS and that local authorities and the voluntary sector have a pivotal role to play. To address these issues, you can choose to undertake a wide variety of modules suited to those working, but not exclusively, in health care and sports science fields.

Each module can be completed individually as a personal development opportunity, or may contribute to qualifications in Health, Wellbeing and Physical Activity either at; Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc level.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

For this course you can choose what modules you take, therefore, the start month will vary depending on the modules chosen and when those modules are set to be delivered. Depending on the route you choose you could complete an MSc in 1 – 6 years.

This framework allows you to organise your study to fit with your work commitments and home life, and most modules are delivered online and part time via our Virtual Learning Environment. You will engage with tutors and your peers using our virtual classroom allowing you to discuss and share learning. All your learning material is available online 24/7 providing flexibility and ease of access. The activity summary detailed is based on completing the full MSc programme.

Activity Summary
  • Tutorial - 20 students per group, 88 hrs Stage 1
  • Tutorial - 20 students per group, 88 hrs Stage 2
  • Tutorial - 20 students per group, 19 hrs Stage 3
  • Project Supervision - 4-6 students with 8 hours across the module Stage 3
  • Independent Study - 512 hrs Stage 1
  • Independent Study - 512 hrs Stage 2
  • Independent Study - 565 hrs Stage 3
Independent Study

A significant portion of this course is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.


As this is a flexible course comprising modules which you choose to study, assessment methods vary depending on the modules chosen.


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Academic Support

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre

Staff Delivering on This Course

All of the teaching team members involved with the modules in this framework are Associates or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning. Where relevant, contributing to modules are visiting lecturers who are experts in their field and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the course.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Study Skills Support


Organisations are widely consulted in module development and employers identify benefits in having a motivated and engaged workforce. This is a career-enhancing course where you can select modules that will provide you with updated capabilities suited to changing and emerging professional roles. You will develop your capacity as a reflective practitioner, building and applying practical knowledge and skills, as you further your understanding of research and the evidence base.


  • Those with experience/interest in health, local authority, education, social care, sport & leisure and the voluntary sector.
  • Typically you will have a degree and experience in a relevant discipline. Applicants who do not have a degree but have a professional. qualification and a minimum of two year’s work experience will also be considered.
English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact (undergraduate courses) or (postgraduate courses) for further information.

For Academic Year 2020/2021

Module fees differ. Please download our guide:

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Printing

Other Fees and Charges

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Alumni Discount

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses. There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Health and Exercise Science CPD team and we'll do our best to help.

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