Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Learning Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education

**Closing Date June 14, 2024**

The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Teaching, Learning & Assessment in Higher Education is a 30 ECTS one-year, part-time programme.

It is recognised at UL as a continuing professional development (CPD) activity enabling participants to evidence teaching excellence.

See Appendices I & II of the Academic Role Profiles.

It aims to enhance the professional practice of those who teach in higher education by providing high-level, scholarly, and practice-based professional development to develop expertise in teaching, learning and assessment. It will equip participants with a range of skills, competencies, insights and capacities to bring the highest quality teaching, learning and assessment experiences to their students, while also managing and progressing their own scholarly careers.

The programme has a focus on engagement in best practice in teaching, learning and assessment and application of theory. It includes exploration of teaching identity, teaching philosophy, learning theories and their application to inclusive curriculum design in online, blended and in-person learning environments. It also supports critical reflection on practice as part of a community of scholars to encourage a lifelong commitment to continuing professional development.

The PGCert is taught over two semesters (Autumn to Spring).

On completion, participants can progress towards:

  • A PGDip* in Learning Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education qualification (an additional 30 ECTs in Year 2 for 60 ECTS total) and a

  • MA* in Learning Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education qualification (an additional 30 ECTs in Year 3 for 90 ECTS total).

NB The latter two courses are currently under development (Spring 2024) and are subject to approval by APRC and Academic Council.

Schedule for 2024/25 [link to follow] 


Apply to the program

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Programme fees AY2043/25

1. UL employees

Employees at UL have the opportunity to avail of a fee waiver provided that they are employed for the duration of the programme. To apply for a fee waiver, please complete the Further Study Application form and forward to the Human Resources Division (Alison O’Regan:

2. Applicants not employed in UL

External applicants and UL PhD Students are liable for full tuition fees (registration fees still apply).  Further information can be found on Finance Documents | University of Limerick (


Course Director

Dr. Michael Wride 
Transformative Pedagogies Lead
Centre for Transformative Learning (CTL)
University of Limerick

Limerick, Ireland

Email: with any queries


“The programme was of immense value to me. In addition to greatly enhancing my knowledge relating to teaching, learning and scholarship, it also provided me with a wealth of practical tips that I apply regularly to each of these elements of my work.”

“I found all the modules beneficial in some way. I really enjoyed the experience, the learning, the friendships and the sense that I have a network of support for the future in UL.”

“Many of the things I learnt in the Diploma about online teaching and ensuring that students aren't overwhelmed with too many online activities and assessments (especially at this stressful time for them) has been very helpful to me.

“I'm sure I'm not the first person to say this to you, but who would have thought that all our work on blended learning would come into play so suddenly? I know I'd be finding the current situation much more difficult without having spent so much time thinking about my teaching practice over the last six months, so thanks to you and all the other module leaders for that!”