PGCert

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Research and Publication

What is the PGCert in Academic Research and Publication?

The PGCert in Academic Research and Publication offers a comprehensive training of academic research methods and writing skills. The final goal is the publication and presentation of a peer-reviewed scientific article at an academic conference.

Who will benefit of it?

The PGCert in Academic Research and Publication is an accredited Higher Education Programme, which is designed for those executives and professionals in academic and non-academic research institutions who want to take their career in academic research and publication to a new level by enhancing their professional and academic knowledge, skills and competences based on their relevant and responsible research agenda.

What are my career perspectives?

After successful completion of the PGCert in Academic Research and Publication and the PGCert in Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, we will recognize you as an Lecturer in Higher Education. This will allow you to teach and to do research at Higher Education Institutions.

Fact sheet Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Research and Publication

Item Description
European Credits: 30
Program structure:3 Modules of 10 ECTS
European Qualification Framework level: All modules are EQF level 7
Malta Qualification Framework level: All modules are MQF level 7
Language of instruction:English
Where can I apply? admission@eim.education
How can I apply?Online via admission@eim.education
When can I start?Each year in October
Requirement / HeadlineContent
Name of the Educational ProgrammePostgraduate Certificate in Academic Research and Publication
Exit Qualifications
  • Award in Advanced Research Methods (if module 1 is successfully completed)
  • Award in Development of Academic Studies (if module 2 is successfully completed)
  • Award in Academic Writing and Publication (if module 3 is successfully completed)
Accredited Status of the ProgrammeApproved Higher Education Programme by MFHEA
MQF / EQF level7
Type of ProgrammeQualification
Mode of DeliveryOnline Learning
 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Research and Publication
Hours of Total Learning for the whole PGCert in Academic Research and Publication programme
• Total Contact Hours: 150
• Supervised Placement and Practice Hours: 60
• Self-Study Hours: 510
• Assessment Hours: 30
• Total Learning Hours of this Module: 750
Hours of total learning for
Module 1-12
• Total Contact Hours: 25
• Supervised Placement and Practice Hours: 10
• Self-Study Hours: 86
• Assessment Hours: 4
• Total Learning Hours of this Module: 125
Hours of total learning for
Module 13.1.-13.9.
• Total Contact Hours: 50
• Supervised Placement and Practice Hours: 20
• Self-Study Hours: 176
• Assessment Hours: 4
• Total Learning Hours of this Module: 250

 

QualificationECTS
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Research and Publication30
Award in Advanced Research Methods10
Award in Development of Academic Studies10
Award in Academic Writing and Publication10

Full-Time and Part-Time

9 months (Full-Time) and 36 months (Part-Time)

  • Award in Advanced Research Methods
  • Award in Development of Academic Studies
  • Award in Academic Writing and Publication

The EIM online Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Academic Research and Publication is designed for those executives and professionals in academic and non-academic research institutions who want to take their career in academic research and publication to a new level by enhancing their professional and academic knowledge, skills and competences based on their relevant and responsible research agenda.

  • An MQF/EQF 6 Level 6 degree, or
  • A relevant MQF/EQF Level 5 award of at least 30 ECTS plus a portfolio evidencing at least two years of relevant work experience on a part-time or full-time basis
  • English language skills: IELTS score of 7 with no element below 6.5 or a demonstrably equivalent qualification

Full-Time:

Term 1Advanced Research Methods
Term 2Development of Academic Studies
Term 3Academic Writing and Publication

Part-Time:

Term 1-3Advanced Research Methods
Term 4-6Development of Academic Studies
Term 7-9Academic Writing and Publication
QualificationPostgraduate Certificate in Academic Research and Publication
Knowledge1. Has comprehensive knowledge and understanding about academic research and publication that is founded upon and/or enhances that knowledge typically associated with Bachelor’s level;

2. Critical awareness of knowledge issues in academic research and publication and at the interface between different fields and academic research and publication;

3. Apply appropriate, effective and efficient academic research and publication strategies, informed by learning and research from a range of sources, including student feedback and outcomes;

4. Uses specialised and/or multi-disciplinary theoretical and practical knowledge some of which is at the forefront of academic research and publication, in order to produce relevant research. This research and knowledge generated from it forms the basis of originality and relevance in developing and applying ideas to address grand societal issues and/or organisational challenges/problems.
Skills1. Demonstrates specialised or multi-disciplinary knowledge that include reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of one’s knowledge and judgements;

2. Performs critical evaluations and analysis with incomplete or limited information to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments related to academic research and publication, and produces original and relevant research addressing organisational and/or societal challenges in a diverse range of contexts;

3. Critical reflection on own learning experience and then development of own teaching, learning support and assessment practice, using theory, feedback and other evidence;

4. Develops an individual relevant and responsible research agenda in their field of expertise.
Competences1. Creates a research-based diagnosis to problems by integrating knowledge from new or interdisciplinary fields and makes judgements with incomplete or limited information;

2. Manages people and projects and demonstrates the ability to respond to the fast changing environment;

3. Manage and transform work or study contexts about academic research and publication that are complex, unpredictable and require new strategic approaches;

4. Take responsibility for contributing to professional knowledge and practice and/or for reviewing the strategic performance of teams;

5. Undertake appropriate professional development, work collaboratively, support collaborative learning, and respect and value individual learners and members of diverse learning communities;

6. Use and review a range of technologies to support learning;

7. Demonstrates autonomy in the direction of learning and a high level of understanding of learning processes.

QualificationAward in Advanced Research Methods (Module 1)
Knowledge1. doctoral-level research skills and training;

2. analytical and critical skills/ abilities to reviewing synthesizing and critiquing scholarly and industry literature relevant to the learner’s research interest;

3. purpose and development of applied research projects designed to solve complex practical problems

4. articulation in a comprehensive and succinct style of the components and alignment among the parts of a research proposal suitable for one of the following: quantitative, qualitative, and constructive research;

5. practical, legal, and ethical issues associated with conducting research with different methodologies.
Skills1. synthesize scholarly and industry literature as a framework for conducting doctoral level research;

2. analysis of scholarly and industry literature to support quantitative, qualitative and constructive research designs;

3. formulate alignment between a problem statement, purpose statement and research question suitable for one of the following: quantitative, qualitative and constructive research;

4. synthesize practical, legal, and ethical issues associated with conducting research into a research proposal;

5. develop planning skills to conduct doctoral research using quantitative, qualitative, or constructive research methodologies;

6. apply management research approaches to solve complex practical problems pertaining to their chosen research approach and interest.
Competences1. introduce the learner to advanced quantitative, qualitative, and constructive research methods;

2. analyze quantitative, qualitative, and constructive research methodologies and their appropriateness to different research questions;

3. determine the methodology and quality of existing research;

4. evaluate practical, legal, and ethical issues associated with conducting research with different methodologies and in different situations;

5. develop research strategies to support different research methods and data collection activities;

6. develop research skills which can be applied to solve complex practical problems pertaining to the learner’s chosen area of interest.

QualificationAward in Development of Academic Studies (Module 2)
Knowledge1. development of specialized knowledge of writing a premise;

2. development of critical knowledge of researching, reading, and analysing academic literature;

3. critical understanding of the current researchers, topics, and research streams in their field of interest and expertise;

4. critical assessment of the relevance of theories, concepts, models, and frameworks to solve research problems in their field of interest and expertise.
Skills1. autonomously collect, analyze, and summarize academic literature in their field of expertise;

2. autonomously identify a meaningful gap in the literature pertaining to their field of interest and expertise;

3. creatively apply the knowledge learned in the module to identify a research problem for doctoral research in their field of interest and expertise;

4. autonomously write a premise as an academic paper in publishable quality about a specific topic in their field of interest and expertise;

5. autonomously present and defend the premise in front of the committee;

6. responds to technological, social and cultural issues and addresses the needs of a knowledge-based society in business administration in the selection of their dissertation topic.
Competences1. identify a meaningful gap in the literature;

2. articulate the research problem within the context of a theoretical and conceptual framework;

3. frame the research problem in a way that will enable the learner to either build upon or counter the previously published findings on the topic;

4. provide evidence that the research problem is significant to the field;

5. show that a scholarly, systematic method of inquiry can be applied to address the research problem.

QualificationAward in Academic Writing and Publication (Module 3)
Knowledge1. Development of specialized knowledge of writing a draft journal or conference article about the results of their dissertation;

2. Lead and manage a number of specialized research projects in the field of business administration and become an authority in their dissertation topic;

3. Has a systematic understanding of a highly specialized field of study in their thesis topic which builds upon specialized or multi- disciplinary knowledge and understanding;

4. Extends or redefines existing knowledge and/or professional practice in business administration and disseminates it through publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and presentations at academic conferences about their dissertation topic.

5. Overview of the academic publishing process and structure of an academic journal and conference paper based on the submission guidelines.
Skills1. autonomously write a draft conference or journal article about their thesis topic and with the type of style journals or conferences expect;

2. autonomously identify, evaluate, and select a peer-reviewed academic journal or conference to publish their research findings;

3. autonomously prepare and present a journal or conference article to the editors based on the submission requirements;

4. autonomously avoid common mistakes like misuse of sources or plagiarism and respond to journal editors;

5. autonomously create an oral presentation about their draft journal or conference paper and defend them communicating expertise in their thesis topic.

6. autonomously communicate expertise to a wide audience including peers and the general public using different methods, including national and international publications, and participates as a specialist in a panel or a conference.
Competences1. Write a draft conference or journal article about their dissertation topic based on the journal or conference submission guidelines;

2. Manage the publication process of a journal and a conference article;

3. Identify, evaluate, and select a peer-reviewed academic journal or conference to publish their research findings;

4. Demonstrate expertise and authority in the field of their thesis topic and make judgements involving a multitude of interacting factors and sources emanating from different stakeholder groups;

5. Promote social, scientific and ethical advancement through actions in the field of their thesis topic;

6. Show a sustained commitment in the development of new ideas and original contributions to the body of knowledge in the field of their dissertation topic.

The teaching, learning, and assessment procedures are the same for all modules. A core feature of this course will be a varied mix of teaching and learning methods that allow learners with different learning styles, backgrounds, and abilities to successfully complete this course. Teaching and learning methods used in this course are among others: Andragogy, Understanding by Design, Oxbridge-Style Tutorials, Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle. All activities embedded within the content for each module are designed to provide feedback to learners on their progress towards the module and course learning outcomes. Summative assessment methods will be designed to facilitate critical engagement with participant’s own professional development. Summative assessment methods offer an appropriate mix of assessment procedures that are fit for purpose and allow learners with different learning styles, backgrounds, and abilities to successful completion of the course.

The grading system used in this course is “met” and “not met”.

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The program fees below refer to the 2022/23 academic year unless otherwise stated. Program fees are calculated per credit taught. Program fees are subject to annual inflation so the total cost are shown here as a guide. EIM will apply the program fees at the time of the payment.

Number of Credits (ECTS): 30
Program Fees per Credit (ECTS): EUR 66
Total Program Fees: EUR 1’980
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