skip to content

Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


This 12-month course is open to Cambridge teaching staff with a minimum of three years' experience of teaching in higher education. Current and recent participants teach / support the learning of Cambridge students across the full range of disciplines; they include readers, senior lecturers, college teaching officers, librarians, educational technologists and research fellows.

You will develop enquiry-based approaches to engaging with educational challenges and contributing to improvements in the education of students at Cambridge and at tertiary level more broadly. In particular, you will:

  • develop your understanding of how students learn;
  • extend your repertoire of teaching, learning and assessment methods;
  • develop a cogent personal philosophy of education drawing on understanding, use and critical awareness of educational research methods and reflective practice.


Recent participants said:

"The opportunity for group discussion has been invaluable and greatly widened my appreciation for different viewpoints and the challenges of teaching in different contexts."

"I think I have learned as much from the way that you have delivered the programme as I have from the breadth of authors and frameworks that you've shared with us."

"Overall this has been a brilliant course and an excellent opportunity to explore the educational literature and how this impacts our own teaching. The course has been excellently structured and planned to cater for teachers with a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience."

Read more here about Taking the PGCTLHE.


Participating fully in the PGCTLHE involves preparing for and participating in five day schools, developmental exercises organised with peers taking the programme, and preparing a 10-15,000-word portfolio. You are likely to dedicate between 30 and 40 days over the course of the year; the schedule is structured flexibly to accommodate the commitments of participants.

The PGCTLHE is offered by the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning. This Master's-level course is equivalent to 60 credits at FHEQ Level 7. Up to 20 places are available for 2020-21; please note that the course is not open to PhD students. There is no course fee.


Applications for 2021-22

Applications for the PGCTLHE 2021-22 will be opening shortly.

More information about the programme is available on the Institute for Continuing Education's course page.


Teaching & Learning Newsletter

Stay informed of upcoming events and hear about innovative practices across the University by subscribing to our newsletter.

Check out the latest issue.


Latest News

Registration is open for the Cambridge Teaching Forum 2021

22 February 2021

Registration is now open for the Cambridge Teaching Forum 2021, which will be held online on Monday 19 April . The annual Cambridge Teaching Forum provides a stimulating environment for staff to learn about innovative approaches to higher education in Cambridge, meet colleagues and share ideas about current national an...

Nominations are open for the Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Awards 2021!

19 February 2021

We are delighted to be once again offering the Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Awards . These awards are intended to recognise the significant contributions that our students make towards enhancing the Cambridge educational experience. The last year has involved considerable and ongoing disruption for all and...