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Teaching, Learning and Scholarship, Specialist Diploma

Course Details


Available: Part- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr Mary Fitzpatrick
Specialist Diploma in Teaching Learning and Scholarship
+353 61 234351
+353 61 338044

Brief Description

The Centre for Teaching and Learning in the University of Limerick aims to champion and support excellence, innovation and enhancements in teaching and learning activities within UL and throughout the sector. Dedicated to heightening the profile and value of teaching activities, collaboratively engaging in evidence-based research and enabling key teaching innovations, the centre works to provide support, to advise, to recognise and to facilitate all those involved in teaching and learning at UL.

Application Process open between 9 January 2017 and  16 January 2017

The overarching objective of the Specialist Diploma in Teaching Learning and Scholarship is to align with the professional activities of early career academics and doctoral candidates in order to provide an accredited programme for developing high level, evidence-based competence in teaching, learning, scholarship and innovation in higher education settings.  The aims of the programme are:

  • To enhance key skills including, communication, presenting research, interacting effectively with novice learners, confidence and competence in academic writing and publishing, establishing rapport among students, peers and supervisors, exercising effective pedagogical and supervision skills, receiving and acting on feedback both in research and teaching settings, enhancing and developing academic competence and engaging actively in own career development.
  • To provide a structured platform for the development and acceleration of complex academic skills at the early stages of an academic career.
  • The creation of a supportive, challenging, high trust network of colleagues to provide longer term peer support beyond the duration of the programme

On successful completion of this programme of study, students will be able to:

  • Apply the theory of learning, pedagogy, scholarship and innovation directly to teaching, research and scholarly practice in higher education settings.
  • Deliver high level teaching, communication, reflection, articulation and feedback skills to own research development and to the learning and development of students within a specific discipline
  • Be competent in a teaching/research role within a specific discipline in any higher education setting, and have the capacity to adjust competencies to different kinds of higher education audiences from the newest students to advanced research practitioners within a specific field.
  • Generate a continued commitment to professional development as a teacher and researcher in a higher education context. Identify areas where further learning and practice is needed. Generate an awareness of own learning preferences and those of students within particular setting.

This programme comprises 30 credits offered as a level 9 PG certificate (15 credits per semester). Single modules will also be offered to doctoral candidates, researchers and early academics who will have the option of 'building' their accreditation over a longer time frame.

The programme is structured to allow a level of flexibility but at the same time provides coherence for all participants to apply the learning to their work (for example - selecting and focusing on a key piece of writing for supported development and completion (Spring Semester ) or the application of new insights to a particular teaching context (Autumn Semester) .

Spring Semester:   Autumn Semester:  
  • TL5002 Teaching Planning and Preparation (6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16 March 2017
  • TL5022 Assessing Student Learning & Giving Feedback to Students (3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13 April) 2017
  • TL5082 Problem Based Learning (2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 May)
  • TL5012 Teaching & Learning Observation (11, 12, 14, 15 September 2017)
  • TL5092 Research Led Teaching (8, 9, 10, 11 August 2017)
  • LT5101 Blended Learning (31 Oct, 1, 2, 3, 9, 10 November 2017)

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Students must hold an undergraduate degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland), (and usually a masters degree) in any discipline and ideally be engaged in PhD level research or above.  This is an evidence and practice based programme, so ideally all students should have some teaching for the second semester within a higher education context.  All students should also be engaged in research within their own discipline and have specific research related targets to achieve within the year of the programme (either as a graduate student or as a new academic) and each should be prepared to apply up to 50 hours of their own ongoing research activity to analysis and development via this programme.
Note: Subject to the discretion of the course directors an interview may form part of this selection process.

What to include with your application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification(s) if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translation of your transcripts/certificates where the original transcripts are in a language other than English
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.