• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • School: Education & Social Work

This course allows you to specialise in your field and develop the skills needed to respond effectively to the changing demands of your professional workplace.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


This course will help you to develop more effective practice in your own profession. You will be required to study your own practice; to explore ways in which you can test new ideas and to explore modules of continuing professional development, applying them to your own circumstances.

Designed for professionals across a wide range of professions and occupations mainly in the public and third sectors. It aims to allow you to develop more effective leadership and management practice within your own role and organisation.

I thought long and hard about going back to studying after such a long break, however, the only regret I have is not starting sooner. The BAPD is a fantastic course which allows you to develop your professional skills while working towards a degree. I would encourage anyone thinking about returning to study to go for it. The module choice is good and the tutor support is excellent.

Richard Pool, Employer Relations Co-ordinator in the Careers Service
Studying for the BA Professional Development (Leadership & Management)

If you are employed in a professional capacity, then the question should be why wouldn't you do this course?

John Currie

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

This course is delivered through online distance learning, allowing you to continue in employment and study in your own locality. Individualised tutor support via phone and online tutorials, optional study workshops and group tutorials are key features of the course. 

The BAPD involves blended learning, with online module materials, optional workshops and individual tutor support.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is through written assignments and project reports.

What you will study

The course has 2 levels which are matched to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications framework level 8 and 9. Certificate and diploma levels each consist of six 20 credit modules and the degree level consists of four 30 credit modules. 

The course aims to:

  • Develop personal skills and leadership qualities to enhance managerial effectiveness
  • Develop further the underpinning knowledge, attitudes and transformational leadership skills required to lead and manage within the participant's respective area of practice
  • Promote a wider understanding of managing change within organisations
  • Enhance further career development opportunities and promote lifelong learning
  • Facilitate progression in higher education to degree level

The course includes core modules:

  • Leading Inquiry 
  • Professional Project 

Specialist module:

  • Management & Leadership Strategies 

and one optional module.

Returning to education as a mature learner, I was concerned I would struggle with the academic side, but I didn't. The course material and tutors help anyone to learn, and I was able to apply that learning to my workplace. I was given a better understanding of both myself and others, and I now have more clarity as to the reasons behind why I behave or feel certain ways within a given work situation. Having this understanding allows me to react to issues in a professional way and deliver better outcomes to problems encountered.

Trish Eccles, BA Professional Development (Leadership and Management) graduate

The BA Professional Development course is a work based course designed to widen access to learning from a range of professional contexts including management, administration, further education, community engagement, social work and health, in public, voluntary and private sector agencies. 

As you will be located in work-based contexts, this course will enable you to focus on and progress in your field of expertise and to develop new transferable knowledge, skills and abilities. This enhances continuing professional development, promotion prospects and career development.


Graduates from the BA Professional Development course

The course has flexible entry and exit requirements to allow you to enter at a level appropriate to your education and experience. The course has two levels, matched to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework levels 8 and 9.

  • Level 8 – The equivalent of 120 credits
  • Level 9 – The equivalent of 240 credits

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2018/19

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2018/19
Scottish and EU students £1,250 per 60 credits
Rest of UK students £1,250 per 60 credits
Overseas students (non-EU) £4,000 per 60 credits

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course code
Apply nowProfessional Development in Leadership and Management BAP060440