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30 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Teaching / Training In Higher Education

Course type


Course Summary

Program Description

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 UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), 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.

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.

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.


Pedagogic Research Design (15 Credits) - Core
Foundational Approaches to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (15 Credits)
Contemporary Approaches to Learning and Teaching (15 Credits)
Alternative Approaches to Supporting Learning (15 Credits)
Enhancing Teaching and Learning (15 Credits)
Extending your HE Career in a Global Context (15 Credits)
Developing Academic Leadership (15 Credits)
Developing Scholarship (15 Credits)
Evidencing Academic Leadership (15 Credits)
Academic Practice Project (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

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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 us now via LiveChat. 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 that enables them to demonstrate Descriptor level 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

Department profile

The University of Liverpool are recognised as European leaders in 100% online postgraduate education, drawing on more than two decades experience of delivering high quality online learning for a global community of students. More than 10,000 students from over 160 countries have completed the University’s online programmes.  You will receive a highly regarded qualification from the University of Liverpool, a founding member of the UK Russell...more