PGCert (Supervision)

Key Facts


Programme Overview


PG Cert in Supervision. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.

Programme Leader: Maddy Sclater


Course TutorsNicky Bird, Michael Mersinis

Programme Overview

N.B. This programme is currently undergoing a major programme amendment process. It is anticipated that the revised programme will be launched in academic session 2017-18. Information will be published on this page in due course. Should you have any questions in relation to the programme amendment please contact  

This exciting opportunity will enable you to develop skills to supervise projects of research at postgraduate taught (PGT) and postgraduate research (PGR) levels. It will enable participants to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of current research contexts and pedagogies of supervision at postgraduate level.

Surveys of UK programmes highlight a lack of provision for supervisory practice, especially in creative disciplines. Focusing on the specific problems raised by creative disciplines and the issue of practice-led and/or practice-oriented research, this PgCert in Supervision will offer a comprehensive, tailored experience in supervisor development, and is intended as a stand alone award that prepares its students for professional competencies in research supervision at a level appropriate to postgraduate study.

The PGCert in Supervision (Creative Practices) aims to offer the opportunity to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the pedagogies and contexts for research in and into supervisory practices, through focusing on research principles, practices and processes
  • Acquire supervisory and critical judgement skills, necessary to provide confident research supervision at postgraduate level
  • Understand the histories and contexts of research, the development of creative practice research cultures in the UK and internationally, and current debates around research and research degrees policy
  • Promote reflective educational practice

Application deadline for this programme is the 30th of November 2017.