Applying and Registering for a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course – What to expect

The information provided below has been created to guide you through the process of applying, and registering, for a CPD course. Examples of these types of course include:

• Language modules for members of the public
• Certificate in Learning and Teaching
• Sociological Studies CPD
• CPD Nursing programmes
• English Language Teaching Centre short courses

Step 1 – Making an Application/ Expressing an interest

This is the first part of the process to becoming registered on your course.

The application process for each CPD course can vary by Department, however, it is likely that you will need to complete one of the following:

  • Online Application form
  • Expression of interest/ Paper Application form sent to the Academic Department

The above applications will then be processed, and approved, by the Department and Admissions Service at The University.

Once your application has been processed, an applicant record will be created.

Step 2 – Accessing the Applicant Portal

Applicants will receive an email from containing your University username and inviting you to activate your MUSE account (

As part of this process you will be asked to create a Password. The University will only issue your username.

When you’ve activated your account you can access MUSE at any time by clicking ‘Log in to MUSE’ at the top of any webpage.

NOTE: Members of staff at The University, studying on a CPD course, please activate your username and follow the instructions to forward your student email to your staff address here

Step 3 – Completing your Registration

Once your Academic Department and the Admissions Service have all the information they need, and your application has been approved, your applicant record will be updated to a student record.

You can only complete your registration for your course once you have a student record.
Students are required to register at the start of their programme of study, and thereafter at the start of each session or new module.

To complete your registration, log in to the Applicant Portal and look for your list of Pre-registration tasks. The key tasks to complete are:

  • Activate your Student Account (this will be your email address, username and password to access all your University on-line services)
  • Upload your Sponsor Letter (if you are a sponsored student)
  • Upload a passport photo to obtain a University UCard (identity card)
  • Update personal details (including financial information) Updating all the sections in this task will complete your Online Registration process.

Your UCard

Once you have completed your Registration you will be able to collect a student UCard. The UCard officially identifies the holder as a University of Sheffield student. Even if you do not intend to use your UCard on campus, the card number also acts as your Library number and you will need this to access online Library services.

You should contact your Academic Department to confirm arrangements for your UCard as they may issue this to you. Alternatively, you can collect your UCard from the Student Services Information Desk (SSiD) on Level 3 of the Students’ Union.

International Students only

For purposes connected to UK immigration law, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has made it compulsory that universities retain copies of passports and visas for all international students. It is essential that you provide this information to the Student Administration Service, Level 6, Students ’ Union before you attend teaching.

Although you may be studying in Sheffield with immigration permission that permits study but is not a Tier 4 student visa, you must provide us with evidence of your entitlement to study in the UK. This will help us comply with UKVI regulations and ensure that your records with the University are fully up to date.