Who is the Programme for? 

The PGCert Programme is now offered online and is open to University of Aberdeen staff who are currently employed in a significant role in supporting tertiary learning and teaching, or who have teaching-based leadership responsibilities. Normally, staff should have at least two years’ experience before they undertake the programme. 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 through the School of Education, offers the PGCert in Higher Education Teaching & Learning programme. The Programme is composed of two, 15-credit courses and a 30-credit course and is offered flexibly over two years. The first course, Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education is normally delivered in the first-half session (September-December). The second course, Activities, Knowledge and Values, is taught in the second-half session (January-April). The third course, Research Project in Higher Education Learning and Teaching is a yearlong course, which provides the opportunity to plan and execute a piece of independent, original educational research. A suite of development sessions underpin the research course to help participants with the approaches and methods used commonly in pedagogical research. All 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. A pre-requisite for participants to undertake the Programme is that they must actively be engaged in designing and delivering teaching, or the management of teaching.

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Further Details

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

To register your interest in undertaking this newly, validated online PGCert programme in 2022/23, please contact the Centre for Academic Development