Who is the Programme for? 

The PGCert Programme is open to University of Aberdeen staff who are currently employed in a significant role in supporting learning and teaching or who have tertiary level teaching or leadership responsibilities, and have been for a minimum of two year. You need to be actively engaged in delivering academic courses to be able to undertake the Programme assessments which involve reflective practice and peer observation.


The University of Aberdeen though the School of Education offers the PGCert in Higher Education Learning & Teaching. The Programme is composed of two 30 credit courses. The first course, Components of the Learning Environment in Higher Education is normally delivered in the first-half session (September-December). The second course, Contemporary Issues in Higher Education, is taught in the second-half session (January-April). Courses are assessed in a variety of ways, which provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on and develop different aspects of their higher education teaching and/or academic practice. Normally, participants complete the PG Certificate Programme over one academic year. A pre-requisite for participants to undertake the Programme is that they must actively be engaged in teaching or the management of teaching.

The Programme is aligned explicitly with the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching & Supporting Learning in Higher Education.  Successful completion of the Programme described above can be used to contribute towards professional recognition under the University of Aberdeen Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Framework.

Holding your data: our duties under GDPR 

The University of Aberdeen is mindful we have a legal obligation to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 ("GDPR").  Our position with regard to GDPR is set out here.

Further Details

Further details on any aspect of the Postgraduate Certificate Programme are available from the Programme Co-ordinator Dr Joy Perkins at the Centre for Academic Development. Email: cad@abdn.ac.uk, tel: +44(0)1224 27 3030.

CAD is based in the Regent Building, Old Aberdeen.