Innovation & Enterprise


Develop a short course

Deliver an effective and engaging short course with help from our online templates, workshops and one-to-one advice.

The Short Course Support team has put together a set of best practice techniques to make sure your research and ideas reach a wider audience.

You can use them to develop non-credit bearing short courses and continuing professional development (CPD), as well as summer school classes and executive education. 

Why run a short course?

A successful short course can help you and your department: 

  • reach a wider audience
  • promote a new topic or practice
  • raise your academic profile
  • build deeper relationships with external organisations
  • generate income

Types of support available

You’ll need to take a business-led approach to designing a course for an external audience. That means identifying demand, working out costs, developing a marketing plan and making sure your course meets legal requirements.

The short courses toolkit is comprehensive resource takes you step by step through designing a course and writing a marketing plan to evaluating its impact, with advice, examples and downloadable templates.

Deciding between a bespoke or open short course

The route you initially choose for your idea will depend on your audience.

  • If an organisation is keen to partner with you, our Consultancy team can help price your project, negotiate your agreement and keep your interests protected.
  • If you’ve identified a broader group of learners for your topic, our Short Course Support team can help progress your idea.

Once you’ve successfully run this course, you can then adapt it to different audiences.

Talk to the team

For insights into learning technologies, new opportunities, legal compliance and more, contact the Short Course Support team at shortcourses@ucl.ac.uk

For support delivering a bespoke short course contact the Consultancy team at info@uclconsultants.com or call 020 7679 9796.

Case studies

Environmental Laboratory at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE)
UCL helps industry tackle the scourge of damp buildings

UCL architect and scientist Dr Hector Altamirano is helping industry and government better understand moisture in buildings and the considerable economic and health consequences it can have.

Man talking on a mobile phone
UCL working together with Vodafone

A collaboration between UCL and Vodafone is giving young people in emerging economies vital training in telecoms regulation.