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Academic Practice MA AP | PGDAP | PGCAP

University of Liverpool, Online · Online Programmes

Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you want to discuss your previous qualifications and experience before applying, please contact our admissions team.

For both PGCAP pathways, applicants must have: 

  • A degree equivalent to an upper-second class UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

For pathway two leading to Fellowship (FHEA), applicants must also:

  • Hold a teaching position in a higher education institution with sufficient depth and breadth of practice with learners that enables them to demonstrate all Dimensions of the Professional Standards Framework (PSF 2023).

If you are unsure about which pathway is best suited to you, please contact our admissions team to discuss the options open to you.

All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 and no less than in each of the sub-tests (reading, writing, speaking and listening) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take our free online English test to assess your proficiency. You do not need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Months of entry


Course content

This online academic practice programme has been designed for students from both teaching and non-teaching backgrounds in higher education (HE) to provide an opportunity to enhance their academic practice, academic leadership and ability to support learning and teaching in a global context.

There are three study awards for the programme: the Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice (PGCAP), the Postgraduate Diploma Academic Practice (PGDAP) and full Master of Arts Academic Practice (MA AP). Depending on a student's background, the online PGCAP award offers two pathways.

Standard Pathway

If you do not hold a teaching position in a higher education institution you can take the route of gaining a PGCAP that will provide you with the theory and practice of teaching and supporting learning in higher education in a global context.

FHEA Pathway

If you do hold a teaching position that enables you to demonstrate Descriptor Level 2 of the Professional Standards Framework (PSF 2023), you can obtain a PGCAP and through our partnership with Advance HE, gain recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), the UK’s agency for driving excellence in higher education.


The Postgraduate Diploma Academic Practice builds on learning from both pathways of the PGCAP to further develop academic leadership, scholarship, and pedagogic research in preparation for progression to the MA AP which gives participants the opportunity to complete a supervised academic practice project. Throughout the programme you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of academic teaching concepts, such as utilising international educational frameworks to design lessons and assignments as well as applying learning outcomes to your own context. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge by articulating pedagogical theories in the classroom. The extensively diverse cohort of international peers will provide you with a global outlook on higher education practices and allow you to interchange experiences across a variety of educational contexts.

This programme is for those who are interested in transactional education and in developing a toolkit to work with international students and faculty. Beyond the curriculum-specific knowledge, you will also become more proficient in communication, digital literacy, teaching and research, ultimately opening doors to many new professional opportunities.

Programme structure

Students are required to complete 60 credits to achieve the PGCAP (both pathways), 120 credits to achieve the PGDAP and 180 credits to complete the MA AP.  


  • Foundational Approaches to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (15 credits) - PGCAP (Standard Pathway)
  • Contemporary Approaches to Learning and Teaching (15 credits) - PGCAP (Standard and FHEA Pathway)
  • Designing ,Learning and Assessment in a Global HE Context (15 credits) - PGCAP (Standard and FHEA Pathway)
  • Enhancing Academic Practice in a Global HE Context (15 credits) - PGCAP (Standard and FHEA Pathway)
  • Developing your Career in a Global Context (15 credits) – PGCAP (FHEA Pathway)  

PGDAP and MA AP Awards

  • Developing Academic Leadership (15 credits) – PGDAP and MA AP
  • Developing Scholarship (15 credits) – PGDAP and MA AP   
  • Evidencing Academic Leadership (15 credits) – PGDAP and MA AP  
  • Pedagogic Research Design (15 credits) – PGDAP and MA AP
  • Academic Practice Project (60 credits) – MA AP

Teaching methods and style 

This programme is designed to be studied online and part-time. Teaching is delivered through our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which provides students with access to all resources required for interactive study online. On this platform, you will be encouraged to work collaboratively with classmates and actively read around your topic through our comprehensive library of eBooks and journals.  

Programme modules, apart from the academic practice project, are delivered over an eight-week period with one module studied at a time. The student’s learning journey is facilitated by the use of written materials, lecturecasts (video presentations), interactive individual activities, case studies, and discussion boards.

Methods of assessment 

Assessment is exclusively through online assignments rather than examinations. You will be assessed through a range of activities, including written assignments, presentations, discussion forum participation and journal entries. 

Career destinations

Upon completion of the programme, you will gain initial training qualifications that are transferable to other HE institutions. You will have the opportunity to dive into learning, providing case studies and perspectives from their local contexts while creating a strong global active learning experience and a global network of contacts for all students. The expertise you will acquire by studying this online programme is directly applicable to a workplace. The second FHEA pathway offers the postgraduate certificate and automatic professional recognition (FHEA) to successful graduates, which can fast-track your career in higher education.

Full tuition fee – £16,868 (2024/2025 academic year)

Information for international students

International students may be eligible for Regional Scholarships of up to 20%. To find out more, please contact our admissions team.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

To find out more about the funding available for online programmes with the University of Liverpool click here.


Regional Scholarship - A Regional Scholarship of up to 20% is available for international students based overseas from the United Kingdom in eligible countries.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    30 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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