Course Overview

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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 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

Please contact should you wish to progress to the Diploma in Academic Practice from the Postgraduate Certificate in Teachinga and Learning in Higher Education, or are interested in registering/completing a Diploma module in AY 2022/23

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 2022

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). These include:

  • CEL263 Learning Technologies‌
  • CEL266 Teaching & Learning in Context (Independent study module over the course of the academic year)
  • CEL6102 Teaching Online‌
  • CEL6103 Research Supervision & Development‌
  • CEL264 Supporting Student Learning

Please contact if you are interested in registering for a place on any of the above modules. 

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