PgCert Knowledge Exchange

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: accredited by the Higher Education Academy to lead to professional recognition at Associate Fellow of the HEA (AFHEA) & Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA) categories
  • Application deadline: accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis
  • Study mode and duration: part-time blended learning (combination of face-to-face and online learning with some independent study)

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  • a flexible, academic development degree
  • ideal for university knowledge exchange professionals, academics and researchers looking to enhance their academic and professional understanding of knowledge exchange
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Why this course?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Knowledge Exchange (PGCKE) is a flexible, academic development degree, which normally takes one to two years' part-time study.

It's aimed at two principal audiences:

  • knowledge exchange professionals whose primary function is knowledge exchange and wishing to develop their professional understanding and practice
  • university academics and researchers interested in exploring options and opportunities that knowledge exchange can provide them to expand their impact and generate knowledge exchange ventures that benefit themselves, their role, and the university

The course looks at the issues facing knowledge exchange in higher education and offers a range of intellectual and practical methods to inform, explore, and structure knowledge exchange ventures.

You'll be encouraged to draw from your own area or discipline and to explore the development of knowledge exchange in these areas throughout the course. Ultimately, should you so choose, you'll complete a dissertation researching a specific knowledge exchange venture in your chosen area.

All classes are delivered in our in-house teaching facilities and use a diverse number of technologies to enhance learning.

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Course content

Registration: applicants can register to attend classes upon acceptance into the programme of study.

To obtain a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) you require to complete three classes:

  • Core class – Understanding and Exploring Knowledge Exchange
  • Recommended class
  • Recommended or optional class

You'll have access to a range of recommended knowledge exchange classes, including:

  • Engaging and Managing Stakeholder Relationships
  • Enterprise, Commecialisation and Intellectual Property
  • Management & Leadership in Higher Education
  • Academic Writing

As optional classes, you'll be able to take any module delivered through Strathclyde’s Programme for Academic practice, Researcher development, and Knowledge exchange (SPARK), including those from either the Learning & Teaching or Researcher Development pathways.

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Learning & Teaching

All modules 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, the University's online learning environment.

Classes are flexible, allowing you to make choices based on your personal interests. The fully online version of the course is in development.

Guest lectures

Individual classes make use of a selection of guest lecturers who can provide the best training on specialist topics.


Assessment types differ from class-to-class and align constructively with teaching and learning aims. Essays, presentations, individual projects, and other methods are commonly used.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

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

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

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Fees & funding


University of Strathcyde applicants

Staff with contracts totalling 12 months or longer: free of charge
Staff employed for less than 12 months at Strathclyde: £600 per module


External applicants

Bespoke training can be designed for external clients on request, for an additional fee. Please contact

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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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Knowledge Exchange

Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Sep 2019
Mode of Delivery: part-time

Knowledge Exchange

Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time