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PG Diploma Frequently Asked Questions


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. We are currently accepting applications via this page, or you can contact us with any queries you might have.

Where is the programme located?

All face-to-face classes currently 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.

2019 Update: Following the 2018 amendment of the DIT's requirement that staff take the Diploma to Certificate level only, the Diploma programme is being revised and reconfigured. 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 outgoing Postgraduate Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching consisted of two modules:

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

The revised programme will consist of a first module at 30 ECTS forming a Postgraduate Certificate. The remaining 30 ECTS can be gained through a series of shorter modules.

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?

We are currently accepting applications via this page, or you can contact us with any queries you might have.