Academic Practice

University of Strathclyde

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This Academic Practice course at University of Strathclyde is a flexible, academic development degree. You'll study part-time, across one or two years. It's ideal for university knowledge exchange professionals, academics, and researchers. If you're looking to enhance your academic and professional understanding of knowledge exchange, this is the course for you.

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The Academic Practice course at University of Strathclyde takes a broad view of the role of academics in higher education. You'll delve into the themes, policies, opportunities and challenges that drive teachingh and learning, research, and knowledge exchange activity. You're also encouraged to draw from your own area or discipline, and explore your personal development across teaching, research and knowledge exchange in higher education.


All SPARK classes are designed and delivered to help you enhance your current and future practice, providing opportunities for both career and personal development.


Higher Education Academy to lead to professional recognition at Associate Fellow of the HEA and Fellowship of the HEA categories

Programme Structure

Learning & teaching
  • Classes are taught using experiential and reflective techniques. This ensures learning outcomes are applicable, useful, and based on authentic activity. 
  • All classes involve a face-to-face element comprising roughly 16 hours in addition to blended learning elements and individual study. Online elements are conducted through MyPlace. We're currently working on a fully-online version of the course.


  • Assessment differs from class-to-class. We aim to provide students with a variation in assessment approaches that align constructively with teaching and learning aims. Essays, presentations, individual projects, and other methods are commonly used.

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • SPARK classes and programmes are designed for University of Strathclyde staff and external academics.
  • You’ll need an Honours degree qualification or another equivalent qualification. 

Tuition Fee

  • staff with contracts totalling 12 months of longer - free of charge
  • staff employed for less than 12 months at Strathclyde - £600 per class
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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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