University of Nottingham Malaysia UNM

University of Nottingham Malaysia UNM

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Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (International)

  Study Mode FULL TIME
  Duration 1-2 years full-time, 2-4 years part-time
Intake Deadline
June / November N/A

Overview of Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (International) in University of Nottingham Malaysia UNM Malaysia

The School of Education at the University of Nottingham is one of the largest and most established education departments. The school was ranked 22 globally in the 2017 QS rankings which ensures that you will benefit from innovative teaching methods which are informed by our high quality research in education. As part of a truly international University, we provide a cross-cultural perspective within a global context and attract students from all over the world.

This course aims to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills required to teach and support student learning in the higher education sector. It is also for those undertaking or planning to undertake teaching in higher education (HE), as well as leaders and managers in HE. It develops innovative ways of learning and teaching in contemporary higher education environments, and contributes to a professional culture of scholarship through the use of research to inform practice. The course comprises three modules that connect important concepts and theories of teaching and learning to curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment. 

Programme Structure

Programme Structure of Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (International) in University of Nottingham Malaysia UNM Malaysia

Typical core modules

  • Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

  • Introduction to Educational Inquiry

  • Understanding Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Programme aims

  • develop critical understanding of teaching and learning theories, concepts and processes in the context of global higher education

  • develop evidence-based knowledge about contemporary curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment and their application for teaching and learning in higher education

  • encourage the habit of reflective teaching and in evaluating and improving teaching

  • develop scholarly and research-based approaches to teaching and learning in higher education

  • facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary solutions to authentic problems of practice in higher education

  • apply ethical and professional standards to engage with key challenges in teaching and learning globally, within diverse socioeconomic, cultural and religious context.


The modules are assessed by written assignments, reflection reports, presentations and portfolio. Students will be required to achieve a pass mark (50%) in each of these modules. To address the learning outcomes of the programme, students must complete all three modules and so they are non-compensable.  

Assignments will be assessed by an Internal Examiner. Appropriate double marking will take place in line with the Quality Manual and School practices.
The main responsibilities of external examiners are:

  • to provide informative comment and recommendations on whether the programme(s) and/or module(s) in the remit of the external examiner meet the threshold academic standards set for its awards in accordance with the frameworks for higher education qualifications and applicable subject benchmark statements;

  • to provide informative comment and recommendations upon whether the assessment process measures student achievement rigorously and fairly against the intended outcomes of the programme(s) and is conducted in line with the relevant policies and regulations;

  • to check whether the academic standards and achievements of students are comparable with those in other higher education institutions of which the external examiners have experience.  In addition, examiners are asked to provide a judgement on the comparability of standards of provision and performance across the Nottingham UK, Malaysia and Ningbo campuses, where they are appointed for courses which are offered at more than one of the University’s campuses. 

In addition, the External Examiner is appointed for assuring the University on the suitability of the type and content of assessments, to assures assessment procedures being followed, endorsing assessment outcomes as well as providing the University with an annual written report in compliance with the standard requirements. 

Course structure

The course is a 60 credit qualification and is made up of 20-credit modules. It is compulsory for the candidate to complete all three modules. Modules are taught within a block of either a three-day extended weekend or four days over two consecutive weekends.

Entry Requirement

Entry Requirement of Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (International) in University of Nottingham Malaysia UNM Malaysia

Entry requirements

A relevant second class honours degree (or international equivalent) or an approved professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to a second class honours degree. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard. Candidates are also required to have classroom teaching or teaching-related experience and must have an access to an educational setting.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)

TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic): 62 (with no less than 55 in each element)

MUET: Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

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