MA in Academic Practice

‌Academic practice in the contemporary, research-engaged university is complex and multi-dimensional. With continually changing internal and external contexts, simple induction training at the start of an academic career is no longer sufficient. As professionals engaged in teaching, research, consultancy, professional practice and making cultural and civic contributions, academic staff require a flexible, high quality provision of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities throughout their career.  In recognition of this, the National University of Ireland Galway has established an Academic Practice Framework within which modules and qualifications provided by the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT) are situated.

In practical terms this means that we offer a range of modules which can either be taken on a ‘standalone’ basis or combined to build up a series of professional, postgraduate qualifications. The qualifications and modules which we currently offer are as below.  It is possible to graduate and exit the framework at any stage and to rejoin at a later date (provided not too great a period has elapsed that course content/structure has significantly changed). Articulation into the programme using qualifications and courses completed elsewhere is also possible via RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).

Our programme of courses includes:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (Pg Cert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice (PgDip)
  • MA in Academic Practice (MA)
  • Research Masters & PhD