• For Entry: October
  • Duration: 19-36 months
  • School: Academic Skills Centre
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

Engage with current thinking and practice in HE. We provide individual tutor support and access to a wide community of practice for all career stages.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Learn more about current thinking and practice in HE, and reflect upon your findings. Our tailored Master's level course is suitable for working professionals at any career stage.

At the University of Dundee, we are committed to excellence in teaching. The PG Cert is underpinned by the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF, 2011) and reflects our expertise in the field.

The course is also accredited by Advance HE. If you are a member of staff at the University of Dundee this means that you will gain professional recognition as an Associate Fellow or Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, accredited by Advance HE. If you are taking this course as an external participant, you will able to use your learning on the course to apply directly to Advance HE for professional recognition.

The course is delivered primarily online, with an Orientation Day at the start of each module. We will provide you with individual tutor support, access to a community of practice and discipline-based mentoring. You will also be able to draw upon your everyday practice and experiences to aid your learning.

This course has a strong student-centred focus. You will see this in the curriculum content but also in the tailored approach to your studies. You will develop a personal learning journey, with the support of your tutor, suited to your career stage and practice context. This means that in completing the full Certificate you can select the topics you would like to study that meet your own professional development needs.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

What you will study

The course consists of two modules which you will complete consecutively. Each one is based on the standards required by the UKPSF (2011).

  • The Associate Module - 40 credits at SCQF level 11 (if you leave the course at this point, you will be awarded credit for this module).
  • The Fellowship – 20 credits at SCQF level 11 (if you leave the course at this point, you will be awarded the PG Certificate).

You will start the course by taking the Associate Module. Once you have completed this, you can progress to the Certificate level to complete the Fellowship module. You can also choose to exit at this point and receive module credit.

The content for this module includes:

  • Learning and learners: environment and individuals
  • Teaching and teachers: development and delivery
  • Assessment and feeding back/feeding forward
  • Evaluation and reflection: looking back and moving on

At the certificate level, the Fellowship Module offers a choice of topic units from a range of options. You can select those which are the most suitable for your own career stage and practice context. You will work with a tutor to develop your personal learning journey through the course.

Currently available options are:

  • Collaborative working in higher education
  • Postgraduate supervision
  • Internationalising the curriculum
  • Student transitions
  • Leadership in higher education
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Threshold concepts in the curriculum (new for 2020- 21)
  • Mentoring (new for 2020-21)
  • Negotiated study (a topic of your choice). This unit can take the form of:
    • a project on an agreed topic.
    • a reflective commentary based on experiential learning, drawing upon your engagement with continuing professional development activities.
    • a paper prepared for submission to a teaching and learning journal.

How you will be taught

If you are a local student, you will be taught through an Orientation Day, online instruction, tutor support and optional lunchtime face to face meetings. For learners at a distance, the course will be completely online. Both face to face and distance learners will be supported in engaging with three peer reviews of practice.

We will help you to identify and learn from opportunities appropriate to you. You will be able to access course materials and resources through the University’s virtual learning environment, My Dundee.

There will be opportunities for discussion, sharing and learning with your peers.

Your time commitment

The Associate Module begins with an Orientation Day. This is a full day commitment and an important starting point for study. After this, we don’t hold any formal workshops but there are informal lunch time meetings to encourage student communication. You are also encouraged to arrange your own personal groups through Microsoft Teams.

The Associate Module will normally be completed within 8 months and the Fellowship Module in 6 months. Modules are only available during the semester period, therefore the minimum period of study possible for the full certificate is 19 months.

We estimate that you will spend 400 notional student effort (NSE) hours on the Associate Module and 200 NSE hours on the Fellowship Module. This will involve using the module materials online, reading and reflecting on practice, experiential learning, engaging with your tutor and peer review, working on your assessments and providing evidence of your attainments for the UK Professional Standards framework.


Associate Module

Total 400 hours NSE

  • 8 hours: scheduled contact time
  • 42 hours: working through the material on the VLE plus related activities
  • 50 hours: independent reading and research
  • 300 hours: activities and associated learning related to assessment

Fellowship Module

Total 200 hours NSE

  • 200 hours: time in guided independent study including completion of the assessment tasks

How you will be assessed

Associate module

  • 100% coursework
  • Development of a VLE module which is used as a vehicle for your learning (55%)
  • Action research project (40%)
  • Completion of 3 peer reviews of practice (5%)

As the assessment for the Associate Module includes 3 peer reviews of practice, you must ensure you have sufficient teaching opportunities in place whilst undertaking the module.

Fellowship module

  • 100% coursework
  • Your choice of Topic Unit (2000 words)
  • Your choice of Topic Unit (2000 words)
  • Final reflexive commentary considering the ways in which you have empowered your practice through study, learning and assessment on the module (500 words)

This Master's level qualification is increasingly viewed as an essential requirement for university staff who teach.

Participants who are members of staff or PG tutors, where appropriate, of the University of Dundee will gain professional recognition with Advance HE. This is increasingly seen as a requirement in the higher education sector both in the UK and internationally. Successful completion leads to professional recognition with Advance HE as follows:

  • Associate Fellow (AFHEA) – on completion of the Associate Module, or
  • Fellow (FHEA) – on completion of the full Certificate.

Guidance for external participants

You can use your experiential learning on the course to apply directly to the Advance HE for professional recognition.

You must be actively teaching in higher education. Your teaching activity can include lectures, practicals, studios, labs, one-to-ones, seminars etc. but must be at tertiary level and enable you to:

  • reflect on your practice
  • implement in your practice what you are learning in your studies
  • engage with the peer review of teaching requirements of the Associate Module
  • demonstrate your ability to work at Master's level
  • have appropriate teaching in place for the duration of your studies which will normally be a minimum of 60 hours while you engage with the Associate Module and a minimum of 30 hours while you engage with the Fellowship module Where appropriate, we may request confirmation of your teaching activity within your work context.

In addition to working with a personal tutor from the PGCAPHE course team you will also be allocated a discipline-based mentor.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Members of staff including postgraduate tutors at the University of Dundee who are actively involved in teaching or supporting learning are entitled to the University’s staff fee waiver.   If you are unsure of your status, please contact us for clarification.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,920 per year of study
Rest of UK students £1,920 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £4,200 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £2,020 per year of study
Rest of UK students £2,020 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £4,410 per year of study

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

Application form

If applying for entry to the course with recognised prior certified learning (RPCL) or recognised prior informal learning (RPIL), please ensure that you provide evidence of the relevant qualification or learning with your application.

If you are a PG Tutor

  • you must complete the University’s Learning to Teach in Higher Education (LTHE) course prior to formal application. Find out more and enroll for the LTHE course
  • provide with your application confirmation from your School that you will be actively teaching within the University over your intended period of study.
  • we also advise that you discuss your study plans with your PhD supervisor.

For new members of staff at the University of Dundee:

  • If you have a mandatory requirement as part of your probation, this is fulfilled by successful completion of the Associate Module. If you are unsure of your status with the University please contact your HR Officer for further guidance. Find out more about University probation.

Course Contact

Fiona Paterson
The Centre for Academic Skills (ASC)
+44 (0)1382 381510