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Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE)

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE)

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1 year part time
Part Time
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Fees (Total)
Annual Breakdown
Year 1 - 26,900

Middlesex University Dubai is pleased to offer higher education professionals the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised teaching qualification via its Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE). Increasingly universities are requiring their teaching staff to have formal teaching qualifications in addition to their academic qualifications. The Middlesex PGCHE is a UK teaching qualification specifically designed for those working in higher education. The UK Higher Education Authority (HEA) Professional Standards Framework (PSF) has been embedded into the programme design, and those who complete the programme are able to become Fellows of the HEA. 

Throughout the programme, you will be provided with opportunities to consider, along with your peers, the efficacy of different approaches to supporting students’ learning, assessment practices, course design and the links between teaching and research. Additionally, the programme will enable you to engage in debates about current and relevant issues in higher education practice while critically reflecting upon your own practices.

Why choose the Middlesex University Dubai PGCert HE?

The central aim of this programme is to promote the professional development of teaching and learning in a predominantly higher education environment. Participants will be assisted to reflect and think critically and constructively about their practice as facilitators of learning in order to develop as confident, effective, professional higher education practitioners who can employ a wide range of contemporary educational practices to promote and enhance the learning of their students.

The programme will encourage and assist participants by:

  • Enhancing their ability to understand how people learn in order to create effective learning environments.
  • Supporting their development of critical enquiry into the professional and ethical practices of teaching and learning.
  • Promoting the development of effective, student centred communities of learning and practice.
  • Fostering an inclusive approach to working with diversity within the student body.
  • Engaging them in the practice of continuing reflection on and evaluation of their own professional practice.
  • Guiding participants in the development of an informed scholarly approach to the continuing professional development of their practice.

Course Highlights

  • The course is designed to enhance your existing teaching through reflective pedagogy
  • Following the completion of the PGCert HE, students will earn 60 credits at Masters level and eligible to progress onto the MA Higher Education Programme
  • The UK Higher Education Authority (HEA) Professional Standards Framework (PSF) has been embedded into the programme design, and those who complete the programme are able to become Fellows of the HEA.

This is a 60-credit postgraduate programme which is run part-time over 1 year. There are 4 modules which involve a mix of compulsory face to-face and online teaching sessions.

Completion of the 60 credits will allow entry to year 2 of the MA Higher Education 

Module breakdown

The programme consists of four 15 credit modules and the list of modules that make up our programme will be found in the appendices within the programme specification.

    • LED4011 - Pedagogy in Higher Education (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on you and your development as a teacher. It offers a range of practical techniques and methods, underpinned by scholarship, which support you work with students and allow you to grow in confidence.

    • LED4012 - Psychology of Learning in Higher Education (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on the development of your ability to promote student engagement and learning through the study of various psychological theories and practical applications relevant to enhancing the experience of higher education.

    • LED4013 - Pedagogy and Practice in Higher Education (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on the key aspects of module and programme design, including the importance of classroom methodologies and assessment systems in promoting and supporting learning. Throughout this module you will build on themes from the previous modules in order to undertake an action research project that will enable you to develop particular important areas of your practice.

    • LED4010 - Philosophy and Policy of Higher Education (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on the study of higher education from different philosophical perspectives and explores key debates in national and international higher education policy.

Class timings and attendance

Taught sessions are held in an intensive block format with a number of full day teaching sessions (usually 9:30am to 4pm) for each module during the term time.  The taught sessions are usually held on a Saturday, and attendance is compulsory at all sessions.  The timetables will be issued with specific dates before the start of each term. 

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information:

The candidate will normally be expected to possess a UK honours or equivalent international degree qualification (normally classified 2:2 or above) in, or related to, the candidate’s area of higher education practice. Applicants, who are not graduates, that can demonstrate significant professional practice experience and expertise within a subject discipline or other appropriate qualifications, and who have been employed to work with students because of that expertise, may also be admitted to the programme.

All participants must be actively working with students in a higher education context, in either a learning support or teaching role at the minimum equivalent of 0.1 FTE.  This includes academic teaching staff, but also other members of staff, such as technicians, librarians and other professionals actively supporting learning and teaching in HE.

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic


TOEFL-IBT home-based test


Accepted for September 2020 only and in territories where standard version of the test is not available due to test centre closure  
PG: 87


Accepted for September 2020 only
PG: Overall 110 

IELTS Indicator 

Accepted for September 2020 only and test certificate must be dated after 20 May 2020.

Note: this test is accepted only in territories where IELTS test centre is closed.  

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