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Short courses

Modules from many of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses can be studied individually, as short courses.

These are ideal for continuing professional development, refreshing your knowledge, or simply exploring a personal interest.

We offer a wide variety of modules in areas ranging from data science to human rights, all taught by world-leading experts from our federation members. If you later decide to continue your studies, you may be able to use any completed modules as credit towards a full qualification. 

Short courses

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Accounting and finance

This module introduces a toolkit that enables a better understanding of the performance of businesses and the decisions and problems they face (credit bearing).
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Accounting for managers

This module endeavours to cover fundamental concepts and techniques of management accounting (credit bearing).
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Administrative Law

Administrative law's core purpose is to ensure that any decisions or actions taken by government are lawful and, when they are not, to provide redress for grievances.
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Admiralty law

Admiralty Law provides the framework for international trade, looking at trade from an integrated perspective (credit bearing).
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Advanced contract law

This course aim to give you a detailed understanding of contract law (credit bearing).
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Advanced Creative and Life Writing

This course is designed as a progression of the concepts and practices introduced in Level 4 ‘Introduction to Creative and Life Writing’ and Level 5 ‘Creative and Life Writing’.
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Advanced management accounting

This module provides insights into advanced aspects of planning, decision-making, performance evaluation and control (credit bearing).
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Advanced torts

This course covers an introduction to torts and trespass to the person, the defamation action and tort theory (credit bearing).
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Animal welfare

Issues addressed in this module range from the methods used by farmers and producers to individual cases brought to veterinarians (credit bearing). 240-hours.
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Applied communicable disease control

Explore the knowledge and skills necessary for the application of communicable disease control activities in varied settings and populations (credit bearing).
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Applied cryptography

This module introduces how cryptography provides digital security for everyday applications such as the internet, mobile phones and wireless networks.
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Applied Machine Learning

This module focuses more on the practical techniques and methods with Python and Scikit-Learn than on the theories or statistics behind these methods.
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Approaches to Text

This course introduces essential concepts in modern literary study, enabling you to become a more observant, perceptive and analytical reader (credit bearing).
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Artificial Intelligence

This module aims to introduce symbolic and agent-based approaches to artificial intelligence (credit bearing).
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Bacterial infections

This module aims to give students an understanding of the biology of bacteria as pathogens (credit bearing).
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Basic epidemiology

Improve your understanding of essential epidemiological methods and their use in public health (credit bearing).
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Basic statistics for clinical trials

Learn how to select and apply appropriate statistical methods to analyse data from clinical trials plus present the analyses clearly (credit bearing).
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Big Data Analysis

This module covers the topic of Big Data which is a key element of contemporary applications of data science (credit bearing).
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Blockchain Programming

This module will provide a practical and theoretical knowledge of how blockchains work (credit bearing).
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Carriage of goods by sea

Contract of carriage can come in various shapes and in this course you will study the two main forms of contract and carriage and their uses (credit bearing).
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Clinical trials in practice

The key steps in the logistical and practical implementation of a clinical trial are investigated in this module (credit bearing).
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Cluster randomised trials

Learn to understand the key features in the design, analysis and reporting of cluster randomised trials (credit bearing).
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Commercial law

Commercial law is a dynamic area and this module will develop a critical understanding of key aspects of commercial law including in the international context.
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Commercial trusts law

This course considers how the trusts law is used by commercial entities, banks and other financial institutions and large corporations (credit bearing).
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Company law

A vital module for anyone intending to operate in a commercial field (credit bearing).
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Comparative criminal justice policy

This course considers criminal justice systems from a range of jurisdictions, highlighting the merits and drawbacks of these systems (credit bearing).
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Conflict of laws

Also known as private international law, this is the body of rules applied by the English courts to cases with a foreign element (credit bearing).
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Consumer and buyer behaviour

This module examines research and theory about issues relating to consumer/buyer behaviour, and its application to marketing management.
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Control of infectious diseases

An introduction to public health, methods for the control of infectious diseases, surveillance methods, and the design of control programmes (credit bearing).
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Corporate finance law

A critical view of current global legal developments and trends, identifying the most salient legal issues involved in corporate finance (credit bearing).
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Corporate governance and compliance

This course will help you understand the driving force behind the development and importance of corporate governance (credit bearing).
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Corporate governance and ethics

This module covers issues affecting both the business community and the wider societal effects of the debate on corporate governance (credit bearing).
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Creative and Life Writing

This course is designed as a progression of the concepts and practices introduced in Level 4 ‘Introduction to Creative and Life Writing’.
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Criminology

With a focus on criminological theory as a discipline and challenges you to confront the presuppositions you have about crime and offenders (credit bearing).
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Cyber security foundations

This module introduces cyber security, why it is important, and the techniques and technologies that are used to achieve cyber security.
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Data management

Understand the principles and practices required to collect high quality clinical trial data and to review data for regulatory compliance (credit bearing).
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Data Programming in Python

This module provides you with the programming skills you will need to carry out the programming tasks you will encounter in the other modules (credit bearing).
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Data Visualisation

This module aims to equip you with a data visualisation skillset (credit bearing).
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Derivatives Law

This course raises theoretical questions about the way derivatives markets function and how the law and regulations should interact with them (credit bearing).
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Economics for managers

This module aims to introduce students without economic background to basic concepts and models in economics (credit bearing).
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Employment Law

This module introduces students to theory and methods in the comparative analysis of employment relations (credit bearing).
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Entrepreneurial marketing

Explore marketing from an entrepreneurial perspective, focusing on the different approaches required for established firms and new ventures (credit bearing).
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Environmental health policy

This module aims to introduce you to a range of key methodological tools for assessing and controlling environmental risks to health (credit bearing).
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Epidemiology and animal health economics

This module provides an overview of analytical methods relevant in the context of animal disease control and livestock production (credit bearing). 240-hours.
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Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Gain an in-depth knowledge of important concepts in communicable disease epidemiology, and many of the skills to apply these concepts (credit bearing).
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Equity and Trusts

Equity and Trusts deals with the rules and principles governing the creation and operation of trusts – a particular method of holding property (credit bearing).
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EU law

Will appeal to students who enjoy public law or who have an interest in public affairs, politics, economics or international relations (credit bearing).
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European convention on Human Rights

This course aims to provide you with a detailed knowledge of how the European human rights legal process has evolved (credit bearing).
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European internal market

This course provides you with advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the rules and principles underpinning the EU internal markets (credit bearing).
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European union competition law

This course deals with the general and specific issues surrounding EU Competition rules and the enforcement of those rules (credit bearing).
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Evidence

Gain knowledge on how evidence is used in the courtroom and the roles of lawyers, jury and judge in an adversarial system (credit bearing)
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Explorations in Literature

This course introduces a wide range of works from the literary canon, from ancient Greek texts in translation to the contemporary (credit bearing).
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Family law

This law examines modern legal regulation of family relationships and its complex interaction between the family and the state (credit bearing).
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Financial accounting frameworks

This module provides an introduction to core accounting principles and their applications, both internal and external, to a business organisation.
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Financial Data Modelling

This module aims to provide you with the ability to analyse financial, time series data using machine learning techniques (credit bearing).
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Financial management in sport

Learn the ability to apply the various concepts of the broad discipline of financial management in any modern sports organisation (credit bearing).
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Financial markets

This module gives you the mathematical tools to analyse modern financial markets, helping you develop strategies for market participants (credit bearing).
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Financial reporting and analysis

This module examines the financial reporting of companies, and how such reporting can be analysed to evaluate performance (credit bearing).
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FinTech: Law and regulation

This module will help you understand what FinTech is and also introduce you to blockchain (credit bearing).
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Franchising law

In franchising law you will study how and why the rules governing franchise agreements work (credit bearing).
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Global food systems and health

This module offers students approaches to examine food systems and health and how these can be managed sustainably.
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Global mental health

This module aims to introduce you to key issues in Global Mental Health and to provide a critical understanding of this emerging field (credit bearing).
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Globalisation and health

Gain a conceptual and practical understanding of the multiple and complex links between various forms of global change and human health (credit bearing).
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Health care evaluation

Introduction to the principles, concepts and methods of health care evaluation from a multi-disciplinary perspective (credit bearing).
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Health Decision Science

Develop your understanding of the roles, pros and cons of different analytical models to support health care management decision-making (credit bearing).
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Health services

Provide students with a range of ways of thinking about health services and health systems (credit bearing).
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Health systems

Understand the function of health systems and undertake analysis of health systems in developed and developing countries (credit bearing).
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Healthcare-associated infections

Gain the necessary knowledge to be able to develop a strategy to prevent healthcare associated and hospital infections (credit bearing).
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History and health

This modules will enable you to employ historical perspectives in the fields of public health and health services (credit bearing).
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HIV

Gain a broad understanding of the HIV epidemic and learn to analyse alternative therapeutic and preventive intervention strategies (credit bearing).
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Human rights of women

Many of the issues and examples you will explore on this course are contemporary human rights issues (credit bearing).
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Information privacy

In this module you’ll study the challenge of maintaining personal data privacy, an issue which is of great importance to society.
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Innovation and change

This module equips the participants with the knowledge and skills to manage innovation in today’s rapidly evolving global marketplace (credit bearing).
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Intellectual property

This law seeks a difficult balance between rewarding the right owner of a piece of intellectual property, and the needs of society (credit bearing).
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International accounting

This module provides an opportunity to gain real world accounting expertise within an international context (credit bearing).
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International criminal law

In this course you will become familiar with both the most important primary sources of the law and leading scholarly commentaries on it (credit bearing).
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International economic law

This course covers the law regulating international economic relations and the role of international organisations such as the United Nations (credit bearing).
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International investment law

This course is designed to give you exposure to the world of law concerned with the regulation of foreign investment (credit bearing).
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International law of the sea

This course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive picture from evolution to the current application of the law of the sea (credit bearing).
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International merger control

This course is rather unique as it deals with a particular business phenomenon: mergers between firms (credit bearing).
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International natural resources law

This course will provide you with the skills to analyse the theory of international natural resources law and its practical application (credit bearing).
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International protection of human rights

This module examines the protection afforded to individuals, the concepts and principles which underpin the law of international human rights (credit bearing).
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International refugee law

In this course we will initially look at the historical move towards affording protection to persons who may be deemed to be a refugee (credit bearing).
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International rights of the child

This is a highly analytical course and we will also identify problem areas in regard to the rights of the child (credit bearing).
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International sport development

This module provides you with knowledge of the ‘ever changing’ social and political contexts in which international sport development operates (credit bearing).
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International trade law

In this course you will see how trade transactions relate to each other and how they operate in a commercial context (credit bearing).
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Introduction to health economics

Aims to introduce you to the economic approaches used in public health and the scope and contribution of health economics (credit bearing).
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Introduction to Islamic law

Gain an overview of Islamic law, the religious and historical foundations of Islamic law and its application in contemporary jurisdictions (credit bearing).
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Introduction to philosophy

This course introduces the methods and content of philosophy by considering some of the central problems that arise within the subject (credit bearing).
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Issues in global health policy

Gain an understanding of global health policy through the application of concepts, theories and methods to key global health issues (credit bearing).
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Jurisprudence and legal theory

Jurisprudence examines the nature of law, its place in society and how a legal system operates as a system of rules.
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Law and global health policy

Introduces you to the key concepts and practices in public health law at both domestic and international level (credit bearing).
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Law of financial crime

This course studies how the law works in the UK and also how criminal law, the financial market practice and financial regulation all interact (credit bearing).
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Law of international project finance

The structuring and finance of projects is a specialised discipline and one that will be explored in detail in this course (credit bearing).
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Law of international taxation

This course examines the rules and principles that form how countries assert and limit their jurisdiction to tax cross-border flows of income (credit bearing).
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Law of treaties

This course will provide you with knowledge of both theoretical and practical issues of the law of treaties (credit bearing).
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Law on investment entities

This course explores law on investment: substantive laws relating to investment and the regulation of investment and how we protect consumers (credit bearing).
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Leadership

This module is concerned with different approaches to managing and leading people at work (credit bearing).
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Leading and developing people

This module enables students to develop a critical understanding of the strategic concept of human resource development (credit bearing).
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Learning and development

On this module, we aim to explore the meaning of training and development (credit bearing).
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Life career development

This module reflects how significant careers have become as the world has become more complex (credit bearing).
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Machine Learning

This module provides a broad view of machine learning and statistical pattern recognition (credit bearing).
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Malaria

An introduction to parasites and their vectors, malaria as a disease, and how it can be controlled (credit bearing).
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Management accounting frameworks

This module provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to establish an understanding of cost and management and insights into their applications.  
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Managing health services

Develop your understanding of the concepts and approaches of management, managerial leadership and governance (credit bearing).
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Marine insurance law

Over the duration of this course you will come to understand the intricacies of marine insurance law (credit bearing).
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Maritime dispute settlement

Maritime dispute settlement deals with both general and specific issues of the settlement of maritime disputes. (credit bearing).
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Marketing for managers

This module teaches students the core marketing functions that will assist them in decision-making and enhanced outcomes in the marketplace (credit bearing).
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Marketing research and analytics

Presenting a dynamic analysis of the fundamental methods, developments and debates in the wider field of marketing research and approaches to analytics.
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Mathematics for Data Science

This module aims to provide you with the key mathematical concepts and techniques you will need to interpret results generated through data analysis.
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Medical anthropology in public health

An introduction to concepts, perspectives, theories and methods in medical anthropology, and their relevance to public health issues (credit bearing).
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Medical law and ethics

This course requires students to use sophisticated analytical skills in evaluating complex legal and ethical dilemmas (credit bearing).
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Modern copyright law

This module aims to provide you with both a general understanding of copyright law from a comparative perspective and to familiarise you with more contemporary debates.
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Module 2: Learning in Teaching

This module focuses on assessment for learning and inclusion, you will gain an insight into the diverse needs of students.
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Natural Language Processing

This module provides you with a grounding in both rule-based and statistical approaches to Natural Language Processing (credit bearing).
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Negotiation and conflict management

This module applies practical skills complemented with substantive knowledge to help participants become highly effective leaders and managers (credit bearing).
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Nutrition and infection

This module aims to provide you with a basic understanding of the interactions between nutrition and infections (credit bearing).
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Operations and quality management

This module introduces you to the key components of driving successful projects forward, including operations, strategy, process and quality management.
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Organisational management

Develop your knowledge and understanding of organisational structures and theoretical underpinnings of public health organisations (credit bearing).
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Parasitology

Gain an understanding of the biology of parasites, vectors and the ways in which they can cause disease (credit bearing).
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Portfolio management

This module focuses on investment decision-making and improved portfolio management from an applied perspective (credit bearing).
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Practical epidemiology

Aims to provide you with a step-by-step guide to the practical stages involved in the planning and conduct of an epidemiological study (credit bearing).
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Principles of biology

Will introduce you to the fundamental biological principles which are necessary for the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Infectious Diseases (credit bearing).
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Principles of social research

This module aims to introduce the basic principles of social research practice and theory as applied to health (credit bearing).
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Professional development and learning

This module​ allows you to examine your own self-development and learning while critically analysing key conceptual frameworks (credit bearing).
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Property law

This module centres on various interests that can exist in land, principles governing the creation, transfer and extinction of these interests (credit bearing).
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Protocol Development

The aim of this module is to be able to produce the protocol for a trial (credit bearing).
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Public international law

This module concerns legal relations between states and also deals with the role of international organisations connected to human rights (credit bearing).
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R for Data Science

This module provides you with a wide range of applied data analysis techniques in R (credit bearing).
Individual Module

Reading the New Testament

Introduction to key books of the New Testament, a knowledge of which is essential for those wishing to gain an understanding of Christianity and its influence.
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Religion and science

Explore the multiple relationships between religion and science in the light of the cutting-edge developments in science and technology (credit bearing).
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Reporting and reviewing clinical trials

Covers writing up completed trials, guidelines for authors, and guidelines for readers to aid their critical appraisal of trial reports (credit bearing).
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Research design and methods

In this module students will undertake a research project, including the presentation of results and writing a grant application (credit bearing). 240-hours.
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Risk management and decision-making

The module takes an applied perspective, focussing on decision-making in risky environments, which is of importance to the finance industry (credit bearing).
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Russian law and legal institutions

The course is intended to provide a basic grounding in Russian law and institutions and also extend your intellectual horizons and abilities (credit bearing).
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RVC 240-hour modules

The full range of 240-hour modules available for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
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RVC 35-hour modules

The full range of 35-hour modules available for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
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RVC 50-hour modules

The full range of 50-hour modules available for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
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Securing human rights

Critically examine the strategies employed by inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations to secure human rights (credit bearing).
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Securities law

This course aims to provide you with a strong grasp of the dense regulation within securities law (credit bearing).
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Selection and assessment

The module is designed to provide an introduction to key techniques for selection and assessment at work (credit bearing).
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Sexual health

Aims to acquaint you with the theoretical and empirical aspects of the study of sexual health, and their application to public health practice (credit bearing).
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Sports entrepreneurship

This module aims to develop, evaluate and critique entrepreneurial skills related to launching new products or services in the sport industry (credit bearing).
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Sports event management

This module will focus on the creation of sustainable events and on designing the legacies to maximise the contribution made by the event (credit bearing).
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Statistical methods in epidemiology

Gain key statistical knowledge and skills needed to analyse and interpret data from the common forms of epidemiological studies (credit bearing).
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Statistics and Statistical Data Mining

This module covers the key statistical concepts and techniques you will need to interpret the results you might generate through data analysis (credit bearing).
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Statistics for Epidemiology

Aig to provide students with the key statistical principles that are essential for anyone studying epidemiology (credit bearing).
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Strategic Management

This module focuses on models based on businesses in developed countries and applies to all sizes of firm including global corporations (credit bearing).
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Strategic marketing management

This module is designed to advance knowledge and enhance skills in strategic marketing decision making and the development of marketing plans.
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Successful leadership

This module prepares students for strategic leadership and transformational roles in organisations (credit bearing).