Introduction to Academic Practice for doctoral researchers (IAPDR): accredited module

This module will not be running in 2016/17, if you would like to be added to the waiting list for 2017/18 please email:  with your name and department. 

For doctoral researchers who teach

This module is designed to be as flexible as possible, allowing participants to tailor their studies to their own teaching responsibilities and interests.

The emphasis is therefore on self-directed study, which is supported by peer- and tutor-led workshops, optional workshops and one-to-one tutorials. Participants are also required to undertake relevant courses from the ILTHE programme in order to establish a common foundation.

This is a free standing module, but is also available as an option within the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Methods and Skills;


Module structure

You must attend the following compulsory sessions from the open programme:

  • ILT001 Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • ILT004 Introduction to Assessment and Feedback

One of:

>   ILT002 Laboratory-Based Demonstrating

>   ILT003 Small Group Teaching

One of:

>       ILT005 One to One Academic tutoring (currently not available)

>       ILT006 Supporting Diversity

>       ILT008 Supporting Academic Writing Skills Development (CAL only)

>       ILT009 Cultural Differences in the Classroom


In addition, there are three compulsory module seminars you must attend.

You can also attend any other relevant ILT open programme sessions.

How long it takes

The module must normally be completed within six months of part-time study and consists of compulsory and optional sessions.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be current University postgraduate students with confirmed teaching responsibilities concurrent with the module. Applicants must be in their normal period of registration, i.e. not in writing up status. 

These duties should comprise a sufficient range of teaching experience to support completion of the module – this will typically include active involvement in at least two of the following types of teaching activity: seminars, practicals, lectures, supervision, assessment, or other student support activities (e.g. mentoring, study skills). 

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the module confers professional recognition against Descriptor 1 of the UK Professional Standards Framework as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Find out more

To sign up for the waiting list, please email the CLAD/LS Administrative Team.

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7564 / 414 5344 

Related Links

Introduction to learning and 
teaching in higher education for postgraduates (ILT): open programme

ILTHE for postgraduates flyer 
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