Course Overview

Those who have sucessfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (MAP3) - modules CEL260, CEL261 & CEL262 (30 ECTS total)  may then progress to the Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice which is a part time, 30 ECTS programme, aimed to help you develop your practice in your academic roles.

The programme offers a professional qualification in academic practice for staff at the University of Galway, and is designed to be flexibile, research-informed and practice-based. Successful participants with a total of 60 ECTS (Pg Cert and Pg Dip) will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice.  You can find more information on the individual modules .

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A further 30 ECTS (ie a total of 90 ECTS) to lead to a Masters in Academic Practice.





Applications and Selections

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Please contact should you wish to progress to the Diploma in Academic Practice from the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, or if you are interested in registering/completing a Diploma module in AY 2023/24

Who Teaches this Course

Please refer to module descriptors.

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice is open to those who have successfully completed the requirements for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (30 ECTS).   Applicants with equivalent qualifications obtained from other institutions may also be considered by the Course Committee, but such candidates will be required to provide a detailed Teaching Portfolio matching the format and standards of the current NUI Galway course.  It is possible to take individual modules without necessarilly undertaking the full Diploma.  Please contact the Programme Co-ordinator to discuss this.

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


Minimum 1 year, part-time

Next start date

January 2024 Sem. 2 modules

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

[Numbers are determined by each module]

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date
NFQ level


Mode of study

ECTS weighting

30 ECTS - plus previous 30 ECTS upon completion of the Pg Certificate = 60 ECTS Pg Diploma


Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice


Course code

Course Outline

The modules below are available for credit as part of the Postgraduate Diploma, or can be taken on a standalone basis (i.e. you do not have to be taking the complete PgDip and can simply take one or more of these for interest). Each module is rated at 10 ECTS, and has it's own assessment requirements.

  • CEL263 Learning Technologies‌ (available in Semester 1)
  • CEL277 Independent Study (over the course of the academic year)
  • CEL6102 Teaching Online‌ (Semester 2)
  • CEL6103 Research Supervision & Development‌ (Semester 1)
  • CEL264 Module Supporting Student Learning (Semester 2)

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice is particularly suited to those with a number of years teaching in higher education.  The programme provides an opportunity to enhance existing practice through critical and scholarly reflection, and skill development.  However, it is also of value to early career university teachers seeking a more advanced introduction to various areas of academic practice.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Fees Informatiion

University of Galway staff do not pay fees for this programme.

 External candidates will normally be required to pay fees.  For more information please contact

Find out More

Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching
AMB1012, Arts Millennium Building
University of Galway
Tel. 091 492 2924