Teaching Learning & Scholarship

This programme, resulting from an extensive programme review of the Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship, has been developed in response to the proposed framework for mapping professional development in higher education from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning's commitment in 2.1.2 of Engaged Learning: Strategy for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. In order to meet this strategic aim, an exit point is offered at 21 credits with the award of Certificate in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship.

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Assessment Info


Subjects taught

Autumn Semester:
•Teaching Planning and Preparation: Theory and Practice (6 credits)*
•Effective Assessment and Feedback (3 credits)*
•Preparing an Effective Research, Writing and Publication Strategy (6 credits)
•Blended Learning (3 credits)
•Contemporary Learning Theory, Reflective Practice &
Peer Observation in Higher Education 1 (3 credits)

Exit at this point with Certificate (21 credits)

Spring Semester
•Contemporary Learning Theory, Reflective Practice &
Peer Observation in Higher Education 2 (6 credits )
•Technology Enhanced Learning: Theory and Practice (6 credits)
•Writing for publication: Scholarly Dialogue and Presentation (6 credits)
•Feedback and Revision in Scholarly Writing (9 credits)

Summer Semester
•Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (12 credits)

Can graduate with award at this point or if achieving 2.1 hons can progress to MA below

Masters of Arts in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Higher Education (90 credits)

•Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Higher Education Dissertation (30 credits)

•Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Higher Education Dissertation (30 credits)


1 year part-time.

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  • Qualification letters

    Grad Dip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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