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PG Diploma Frequently Asked Questions

UPDATE FEBRUARY 2019

Please note: this information relates to the current Postgraduate Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching. The programme is currently being revised and a revalidated version will be offered from September 2019. Please use this form to log an expression of interest in the programme, and we will contact you when applications are due to re-open. Thank you!

Where is the programme located?

All face-to-face classes take place in DIT, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

Who is the programme aimed at?

This programme is aimed at teaching practitioners in all subject disciplines from across the higher and further education sector.

Do I need to have teaching hours to participate in the programme?

Yes, it is a requirement of the programme that participants should be actively engaged in teaching at the appropriate level whilst on the programme. Please contact the programme coordinator to discuss the specific requirements.

What is the duration of the Postgraduate Diploma?

If commencing in September, the programme will take two semesters to complete (September to May). If commencing in January, the programme will take a calendar year (part-time) to complete - the second semester of one year and the first semester of the following year. Class contact hours will only be scheduled for term time and vacation periods will be used for independent research.

2018 Update: Following the 2018 amendment of the DIT's requirement that staff take the Diploma to Certificate level only, the Diploma programme will shortly be revised and reconfigured. We would advise those participants registering in 2018-19 to complete the full Diploma as the programme has not yet been revised. The new Certificate and Diploma programmes will be available from September 2019.

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants will normally satisfy the following criteria:

  • Hold a 2.2 honours degree or its equivalent
  • Have sufficient hours of teaching to meet the assessment requirements of the programme.
  • Prospective applicants should contact the programme coordinator to discuss entry requirements.

What modules will be offered?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching consists of two modules:

  • Module 1: Professional Practice in Third Level Learning and Teaching  [30 ECTS]
  • Module 2:  Curriculum Development & Practitioner Research [30 ECTS]

What are the assessment requirements? 

The principle assessment strategy is the completion of a reflective Portfolio at the conclusion of both Module 1 and Module 2. These are supplemented by reflective blogs, group presentations, journal article review, personal development planning and a specific piece of practitioner-based research.

What are the fees?

Click here to go to fees information. You will need to scroll towards the very bottom of the page.

How do I apply?

Applications are currently suspended to allow for revision and revalidation of this programme. Applications will re-open in spring 2019.