Personal and Professional Development and Employability (714N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module aims to develop your mastery in personal and interpersonal effectiveness in order to support career entry and development, thereby enabling positive and professional organisational impacts.

From your point of view, the module facilitates acclimatisation to your local learning environment as a basis for contributing to contemporary working environments at local, national and international/global levels (the workplace).

From employers' point of view, the module develops rounded graduates who have not only a subject/technical capacity but also a personal and professional capability. This capability, which is readily transferable to the workplace, distinguishes students who successfully complete the module from other graduates.

The module comprises study of, and development in, the individual and interactive organisational behaviours that underpin professional performance and mindful practices in the workplace.

You examine: 

  • elements of effective self-management in the workplace
  • elements of effective inter-personal relationships in the workplace
  • individual strategies and techniques for self-development
  • qualities of personal leadership approaches and the impact on others
  • development of continuing professionalism in engaging with others in the workplace.


33%: Lecture
67%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Observation)
80%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.