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PGCAPAcademic Practice

Why this course?

This course is a flexible, academic development degree. You'll study part-time, across one or two years. It's ideal for university knowledge exchange professionals, academics, and researchers. If you're looking to enhance your academic and professional understanding of knowledge exchange, this is the course for you.

The course takes a broad view of the role of academics in higher education. You'll delve into the themes, policies, opportunities and challenges that drive teachingh and learning, research, and knowledge exchange activity. You're also encouraged to draw from your own area or discipline, and explore your personal development across teaching, research and knowledge exchange in higher education.

Who's the course for?

This course is particularly aimed at members of staff seeking a route to a traditional academic post, that combines teaching, research, and knowledge exchange activity: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, etc.

Mode of learning

All classes involve a face-to-face element comprising of roughly 16 hours in addition to blended learning elements and individual study. Online elements are conducted through MyPlace, the University's online learning environment.

Classes are interactive and make great use of reflection as a tool. This helps with understanding and improving engagement with researcher development.

Course content

Learning & teaching

Classes are taught using experiential and reflective techniques. This ensures learning outcomes are applicable, useful, and based on authentic activity. 

All classes involve a face-to-face element comprising roughly 16 hours in addition to blended learning elements and individual study. Online elements are conducted through MyPlace. We're currently working on a fully-online version of the course.


Assessment differs from class-to-class. We aim to provide students with a variation in assessment approaches that align constructively with teaching and learning aims. Essays, presentations, individual projects, and other methods are commonly used.

Entry requirements

SPARK classes and programmes are designed for University of Strathclyde staff and external academics.

You’ll need an Honours degree qualification or another equivalent qualification. 

Fees & funding

Internal applicants

  • staff with contracts totalling 12 months of longer - free of charge
  • staff employed for less than 12 months at Strathclyde - £600 per class

External applicants

  • bespoke training can be designed for external clients upon request for an additional fee. Please contact

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


All SPARK classes are designed and delivered to help you enhance your current and future practice, providing opportunities for both career and personal development.

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Academic Practice

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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