The Postgraduate Diploma Academic Practice (PGDip AP) and the Master of Arts Academic Practice (MA AP)

COVID-19 update

You will be aware that the University has suspended all face-to-face teaching for the remainder of the academic year and in the new academic year a hybrid active learning model will be adopted. 

Please see the related FAQs from The Academy.  

Please read the information below and complete the application for the next cohort.

Should you require any further information or have any questions, please contact Dr Sue Bolt, Programme Lead,

From September 2020, the PGDip and MA Learning and Teaching in Higher Education are replaced by the PGDip and MA Academic Practice. The following information and FAQs provide a brief overview of the PGDip/MA Academic Practice.

We will be following the Hybrid Active Learning model. The dates for the synchronous sessions are as follows. They will not be full days; they will be half days online (quite likely not all in one hit – in keeping with effective pedagogical practices). If it is possible and beneficial to run a session f2f we will advise participants closer to the dates, but we will not be able to provide catering for these events if they are run f2f.


Monday 16 November 2020

Monday 7 December 2020

Monday 18 January 2021

Monday 15 February 2021


Monday 29 March 2021

Monday 26 April 2021

Monday 24 May 2021

Monday 21 June 2021

The PGDip Academic Practice builds on prior learning from the PGCAP and leads on to the MA. This is a fee-free internal development programme for University of Liverpool staff. The overall aim of the PGDip/MA Academic Practice is to develop academic practice, leadership, and scholarship to enhance learning and teaching in higher education.

The 120 credits of the PG Dip and 180 credits for the MA Academic Practice are as follows.

PG Certificate
PGDip: ADEV720 Developing Academic Leadership
PGDip: ADEV730 Developing Scholarship
MA: ADEV770 Dissertation in Academic Practice
(60 credits) (Prior learning)
(30 credits) Semester 1, 2020-21
(30 credits) Semester 2, 2020-21
(60 credits) by supervision

Overview of modules:

ADEV 720 Developing Academic Leadership enables participants to explore their practice in relation to developing academic leadership, with a focus on the University of Liverpool’s Leadership Commitment Framework.

ADEV730 Developing Scholarship enables participants to critically evaluate innovative practice by considering the problematic nature of theory, policy and practice and explore the scholarship of learning and teaching and its relationship to disciplinary contexts. ADEV730 prepares participants for and leads onto the MA Academic Practice.

ADEV770 Dissertation in Academic Practice is the capstone module that enables participants to undertake research in a field of higher education employing a range of techniques in collecting and analysing data and present their findings as a dissertation.


Postgraduate Diploma Academic Practice (PGDAP)

Applications for next year are now open, please use this link to apply: 

Master of Arts Academic Practice (MAAP)

Applications are now closed.


Should you require any further information or have any questions, please contact Dr Sue Bolt, Programme Lead,