Why this course?
The postgraduate certificate in Researcher Development (PGCRD) is a flexible, academic development degree (normally encompassing one-year or two-year part-time study), ideal for university research staff, academics or any member of staff looking to enhance their understanding and skills relating to academic, and related, careers.
The course looks at factors influencing academic careers in higher education (HE) and offers a range of intellectual and practical methods to inform, explore, and develop research activities and career development. Students are encouraged to draw from their own area or discipline, and to explore the development of their careers and research in these areas throughout the course.
The course is aimed at two principal audiences:
- university academic professional staff interested in exploring options and opportunities that research roles can provide them to develop their careers, succeed in their current positions to benefit themselves and the university
- any member of staff interested in investigating how research and related skills could further develop their understanding of the HE sector and their role within it
What you'll study
To obtain a PGCert, you'll complete one core class, one recommended class plus one recommended or optional class (three in total).
Completion of the PGCert requires completion of the core class, Building a Successful Research Career plus students have access to a range of recommended Researcher Development classes, namely:
- Supervising Postgraduate Research
- Research Bidding and Design – Getting Started
- Management & Leadership in Higher Education
- Academic Writing
As optional classes, students can additionally take any module delivered through the Strathclyde Programme in Academic practice Researcher development and Knowledge exchange (SPARK) programme, including those from either the Teaching & Learning or Knowledge Exchange pathways.
All Organisational and Staff Development Unit courses are delivered in our in-house teaching facilities and use a diverse number of technologies to enhance learning.
Individual classes make use of a selection of guest lecturers who can provide the best training on specialist topics.