Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching (PGDTT)

Application Dates
Applications Open
14 Mar 2018
Course Overview
Postgraduate Diploma
Tuition Fees
Total tuition fee (Malaysian Ringgit) Full Time Studies Malaysian: 13,500 International: 15,000
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Full Time: ~ 1 Year Part Time: ~ 2 Years
Prior Study
Bachelor degree
Graduation Results
2.99 and lower (Pass)
Study Field

Course outline

Designed for both new and experienced educators, this Postgraduate Diploma provides a platform for you to discover the best methods to teach and assess your students. Explore being a critical, reflective practitioner and learn techniques to enhance your teaching and research. The programme also trains you to use and integrate the latest technologies into your academic practice to enliven the classroom and make your classes engaging, fascinating and fun. Explore the craftsmanship in designing curriculums appropriate to your purposes and outcomes while working with your inter-faculty colleagues in projects to attain multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives of teaching and learning. Imagine the flexibility to learn from your home, office or even a café while sipping on coffee as long as you are connected to the internet. Designed for dedicated educators with active schedules, our courses are 70% online. That’s not all. As the world gradually becomes borderless, seize opportunities to broaden your knowledge, obtain the necessary skills and experience different cultures through short study tours at the University of Melbourne and Durham University. Our versatile programme is guaranteed to make you into a better educator.

Key Features of the Programme

Linking theory with practice. The majority of the assessment tasks and exercises are based on educators’ academic practice. These work-based assessments encourage educators to reflect critically on their own situations to demonstrate an understanding and application of theoretical principles in their work settings. In addition, educators share their work experiences with colleagues from different disciplines, thus fostering cross-disciplinary sharing and understanding;
Flexibility. Educators may take a minimum of 1 course and a maximum of 3 courses per semester;
Skills which are transferable across a range of domains and settings. They include skills necessary for teaching (different teaching scenarios), transforming assessment and feedback and facilitating deep learning.

Teaching-Learning Methods

Face-to-face learning through lectures and workshops will provide the conceptual understanding for knowledge building. The practical, self-independent and other (observation of other classrooms) learning sessions will focus on the transfer of learning from theory to practice. There will be ample opportunities for inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary projects.
70% online and 30% face to face teaching and learning.

Collaborations with University of Melbourne & University of Durham, UK

  • Currently in talks with the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) on the collaboration
  • Currently in talks with Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland and Durham University on sharing of teaching resources, master-classes and on-line assessments
  • Proposal to have participants choose a 2-week study trip to the University of Melbourne or to one of our proposed collaborating partners.

Assessment Strategy
e.g. Critical Practices in Teaching and Learning

Task 1 – Practical Application 40%

  • Designing of lesson plan and demonstration of teaching methodology

Task 2 – Portfolio 30%

  • Collection of personal data and educational goal
  • Micro-teaching
  • Teaching diary
  • Teaching feedbacks by self, students, peers and mentors
  • Evaluation of feedback (whether learning outcomes are met, whether class was engaging, etc.)
  • Development, progress and outcome of action plan based on feedback
  • Current achievements
  • Reflection of critical issues in teaching and learning and impact of research on practice

Task 3 – Written critique 30%

  • Analysing, criticising and synthesising the importance of innovations in instructional strategies, teaching methodologies

Type of Assessment

Practical Application

  • 40%

Portfolio (Micro-teaching)

  • 30%

Written Critique

  • 30%


  • 100%

Career opportunities

  • Lecturer
  • Tutor
  • Trainer
  • Facilitator
  • Educational Training Consultant

Tuition fees

Tuition cost for 1 year which is minimum 2 semesters

  • Malaysian students: RM 13, 500
  • International students: RM 15, 000

Additional charges will be implemented as well,

  • Resources fee for Malaysian students (ICT, library, student activities, facilities): RM 600.00
  • Resources fee for International student (ICT, library, student activities, facilities, medical plan): RM 650.00

Special case for international students

  • First time payment after application: RM 21, 600

Entry requirements

Qualification and academic requirements

  • Master Degree

(Level 7, Recognised by MOHE) in any field

  • Master Degree

(Level 7, Recognised by MOHE) in any field

  • Bachelor Degree

(Level 6, Recognised by MOHE) in any field with CGPA 2.5 or above

  • Bachelor Degree

(Level 6, Recognised by MOHE) with CGPA below 2.5 and 5-year work experience in a related field also others equivalent qualifications recognised by Malaysian Government which is to be reviewed by the faculty on a case-to-case basis

English language requirements

As is the medium of instruction for all postgraduate programmes at UCSI University is the English Language, applicants must meet one of the following requirements to gain admission:

  • TOEFL: a minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based)
  • IELTS: a minimum score of Band 6.0
  • GCE 1119 English / O-Levels English: a minimum score of B3
  • MUET: a minimum score of Band 5

Applicants with Bachelor’s degrees that used the English Language as a medium of instruction are exempted from the above requirements but may be required to attend an interview or sit for a written test before they are accepted for admission.

Application process for Malaysian students

All students must complete the Online Registration Form.

Submit by post the Online Registration Form and the following documents to the Student Enrolment Centre:

  • A certified true copy of actual / forecast / trial examination results. For instance: SPM / 'O'- Levels, STPM / A-Levels, UEC, SAM, CPU or other equivalent qualifications.
  • For exemption purposes - Diploma students (completed or currently still studying) must provide a certified transcript and Diploma Certificate (if applicable), together with the course syllabus.
  • A photocopy of your Identification Card (IC), both sides.
  • Three (3) copies of passport-size colour photograph.
  • Other supporting documents for your application (if any), eg. TOEFL, IELTS, MUET etc.

For Postgraduate Applications, kindly include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  • A 2-3 page essay (i.e. your personal statement) in relation to your goals and objectives and how this programme will meet or enhance those objectives

A crossed cheque or bankdraft or Telegraphic Transfer (TT) for registration should be made payable to UCSI Education Sdn. Bhd. The Registration Fees are as follows:

  • RM400 (All programmes in UCSI University, Kuala Terengganu Campus)
  • RM650 (Postgraduate Programmes)

Application process for international students

Register online through the official website.

Important documents:

1. Academic Qualifications (PDF format)

For Postgraduate Applications, kindly include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  • 2-3 page essay (i.e. your personal statement) in relation to your goals and objectives and how this programme will meet or enhance those objectives

2. Passport copy (Multipage PDF format)

  • Passport validity must not be less than 18 months from the date of admission/submission to the university.
  • All pages of the passport – including the cover pages – are required (in colour).
  • Kindly make sure that the page numbers of the passport are clearly visible.

3. Passport-sized photograph 

  • Coloured, with white background
  • Photograph measurement: Height (45mm) and Width (35mm)

4. Medical Report Form (PDF format)

5. Accommodation Application Form (if required)

  • Enclosed with non-refundable booking fee of RM1,000 (USD 340)

6. Additional Documents

  • Declaration Letter: discrepancy of name on passport & academic transcripts; to be issued by home country’s Ministry of Education OR by home country's commissioner of oath.
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC - Sudan): for students with Sudanese passport. To be issued by Sudan Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malasyia.
  • Eligibility Letter (EL - Iran): for students with Iranian passport. To be issued by Iran Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

7. Telegraphic Transfer (TT) receipt of the Application Fee

  • Fee for this course: RM 2,790

Telegraphic Transfer (TT) receipt of the Application Fee (inclusive of EMGS payment) (receipt copies are to be uploaded during online registration or emailed to and

Then, Conditional Letter of Offer (CLO) is required after meeting the entry requirements and receiving the payment (Applications Fee and EMGS Visa Processing Fee), the University will email a scanned copy of the Conditional Letter of Offer (CLO). Then, UCSI University will proceed to apply for the Visa Approval Letter on behalf of the student. This process will take approximately 8-10 weeks.

When remittance of the Initial Fees and Miscellaneous Fees (as stated in the LoA including total rental and deposit for staying at the Residential Hall) have been credited into UCSI University's bank account via Telegraphic Transfer (refer to Step 1), UCSI University will courier the original LoA and the Original Visa Approval Letter (VAL) to the student upon request only.

Additonal notes

  1. Fees are subjected to change, for international student may have to refer to latest exchange rates.
  2. Additional cost my incurred depending on situation (Accommodation, laboratories equipment/materials, etc.)
  3. Encourage to study and research laws in Malaysia, as Malaysia is a majority muslim country. It is advisable for international students to understand the country's strict rules and culture. 
  4. English is used as a teaching medium and a widely spoken language in Malaysia, if the requirements are not stated in the university webpage, advisable to contact the university's authority for further information about English requirements or English Entry Requirements.
  5. For scholarship opportunities, please browse through our webpage to find out local and international opportunities. 
  6. Encourage to visit for deeper and more information.


UCSI University Kuala Lumpur Campus

  • No. 1, Jalan Menara Gading, UCSI Heights (Taman Connaught), Cheras 56000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Tel: (+603) 9101 8880
  • Fax: (+603) 9102 2614