Taught course

Teaching, Learning and Scholarship

University of Limerick · Faculty of Education and Health Sciences
Specialist Diploma

Entry requirements

Students must hold an undergraduate degree (&usually a masters degree) in any discipline& ideally be engaged in PhD level research or above. This is an evidence& practice based programme, so all students should have a minimum teaching commitment of at least 20 hours for the second semester within a higher education context. All students should also be engaged in research within their own discipline& have specific research related targets to achieve within the year of the programmeand each should be prepared to apply up to 50 hours of their own ongoing research activity to analysis and development via this programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme comprises 30 credits offered as a level 9 PG certificate (15 credits per semester). Single modules will also be offered to doctoral candidates, researchers and early academics who will have the option of 'building' their accreditation over a longer time frame.

The programme is structured to allow a level of flexibility but at the same time provides coherence for all participants to apply the learning to their work (for example - selecting and focusing on a key piece of writing for supported development and completion (semester 1) or the application of new insights to a particular teaching context (semester 2).

Semester 1: Supporting Scholarship and Professional Development: : Research Planning and Preparation, Scholarly Presentation and Dialogue in Research and Academic Writing, Feedback and Revision in Research and Academic Writing, Professional Development and Publication Strategy OR Research career management skills, Scholarly Innovation and Creativity

Semester 2: Teaching and Learning: Teaching Planning and Preparation, Teaching and Learning Observation, Assessing Student Learning and Giving Feedback to Students, Reflective Practice and Learning Theory, Teaching Innovation and Enhancement

Qualification and course duration

Specialist Diploma

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Mary Fitzpatrick/Maura Murphy
+353 61 234651/202034