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Probationary academic staff

All new academic staff who do not have three years’ full time teaching experience in UK Higher Education are required to meet the requirements of HEA Fellowship through engagement with the Queen Mary Academy’s taught programmes or teaching recognition scheme within their probation period.


If someone has more than three years’ teaching experience, they may be exempted from the requirement by the interview panel, or on appointment with the agreement of the Faculty VP and Head of School. 

If a staff member is appointed with a UK qualification accredited under the UKPSF at D2 (Fellowship) they are usually exempt from the requirement to do PGCAP. If they have a qualification accredited at D1 (Associate Fellowship) they can be exempt from half the programme of PGCAP.

There is currently no framework to judge the level of European and other qualifications against the UKPSF so we will advise on an individual basis.

PhD Students who teach

PhD students who teach may enrol on the CILT programme, subject to supervisory approval and meeting eligibility requirements.  We run a PhD stream of CILT where PhD students who are teaching study in a group together.

NHS staff

NHS staff who teach Queen Mary students for a minimum of 10 hours during the academic year in which they take the course are eligible to take CILT. 

Queen Mary also offers a PGCert and MA in Education for Clinical Contexts which may be more directly suited to NHS staff needs.


You can apply online for our taught programmes, we are now accepting applications for a September 2023 start.

To apply, please select the appropriate application link below and ensure that you read our guidance before completing the form.  Priority will be given to colleagues who need to complete PGCAP for probation or for whom CILT is an element of their contract. 

The closing date for applications is 30th June 2023

Please contact with any queries.

Programme Code Programme Apply now link

CILT (September start) to start in September 2023

Closing Date 30th June 2023


PGCAP (September start) to start in September 2023

Closing Date 30th June 2023

Completing the Application Form

We use Queen Mary’s standard postgraduate taught course application, so there are some fields which are not relevant to colleagues and NHS staff applying for CILT and PGCAP.

  • Personal details – please complete
  • Contact details – please complete
  • Agent – select ‘no’
  • Qualification – please enter details of your highest qualification only.  QMUL staff do not need to supply qualifications certificates.  
  • Professional experience – ignore this section
  • Personal statement – please upload a brief document confirming:

Whether you are QMUL staff, a QMUL PhD student who teaches, or NHS staff

If you are QMUL staff please confirm if you are taking the programme for your probation

If you wish to join PGCAP with accredited prior learning (APL) (e.g. you have already completed CILT or an equivalent award), please also note this in the personal statement box.

  • Other information – for funding please select ‘I will be funded by my employer’ (CILT and PGCAP are offered free of charge).
  • Please note QMUL staff do not need to supply certificates as evidence of their qualifications, and do not need to provide evidence of language proficiency.
  • NHS staff and QMUL colleagues not taking PGCAP for probation will be asked to supply a statement from a referee (normally your line manager / supervisor) confirming their support for you taking the programme and that you meet the eligibility requirements (teaching QMUL students at least 10 hours and responsibility for curriculum design for PGCAP only).
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