Course Overview

** PLEASE NOTE:  The Diploma in Academic Practice and associated modules will not be running in the academic year 2018/19.  For queries or expressions of interest for 2019/20 please contact  

Those who have sucessfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice - 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 NUI 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 .

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





Applications and Selections

We are not currently (2018/19) accepting applications for these modules.

Please note that if you have already registered an interest previously in any of these courses or modules, we would still appreciate it if you could complete this new registration form so that we can finalise numbers and arrangements as soon as possible. Where modules or programmes are oversubscribed we will select applicants on the basis of a number of criteria and so it is important to answer the various short questions on the form.

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


Minimum 1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

[Numbers are determined by each module]

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

** These modules will sadly not be running in 2018/19.

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). These include:

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


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Fees Information

NUI Galway staff do not pay fees for this programme.

 External candidates will normally be required to pay fees.  For more information please contact the CELT Administrator Karen O'Kennedy:

Find out More

Karen O'Kennedy
Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching
Room 213, Arts/Millennium Building
NUI Galway
Tel. 091 492 2924