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Our Postgraduate Teaching Assistant roles are listed below.

For other opportunities, please check the UCL Jobs portal.

Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (PGTA)

Applications are now open for Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (PGTA) in the 2023/24 academic year. Our PGTAs have the opportunity to teach on a wide range of modules and are given training to help support their role.

PGTAs work under the guidance and supervision of the relevant module convenor.

You can find more information in the module list.

This includes which terms and weeks each module is taught in, indicative hours of work available, module overviews, and essential and desirable skills needed for the role.

Find more information on the undergraduate and postgraduate module pages.


Indicative hours of work

This is the number of hours anticipated for the module. These are a fair estimation of the actual number of hours but are subject to change depending on final student and group numbers.

Additional training hours are not included in the indicative hours of work but will be included in your contract. The exact final number of hours will depend on any previous training you have completed at UCL.

Marking and payment

All marking is formative. You may be required to provide feedback to students either one-to-one or in small groups where appropriate. Marking and feedback will be paid as an additional payment upon completion as it is difficult to predict how many students will submit their work. This ensures PGTAs are paid correctly for the work they have done.


In addition to the training and support mentioned, all new PGTAs must attend the introductory Arena One Gateway Workshop. You will be responsible for signing up for the workshop yourself at the appropriate time.

Additionally, you are strongly encouraged to attend the Teaching Associate Programme (TAP) offered by Arena One. Please note: The Arena One Gateway Workshops fill up quickly so be sure to book early.

Other UCL Departments advertise via the UCL Programme Teaching Assistant Hub which you may also find of interest.


Before starting your application, please read through the module list to learn about the specific knowledge and experience required.

If you are already working for the Department of Geography as a PGTA or due to start later this academic year, you simply need to:

  • Select which module(s) you are applying to work on
  • Upload a covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification and are familiar with the subject and content of the assessed module

If you are not currently working for the Department of Geography as a PGTA, you will be asked to:

  • Provide your contact details
  • Select which module(s) you are interested in teaching
  • Upload a brief CV
  • Upload a cover letter detailing how you meet the Person Specification and are familiar with the subject and content of the assessed module
  • Upload evidence of your right to work in the UK (the Right to Work Checklist includes a list of suitable documents)


Please contact Claire Betts with any informal questions about the post or the Department. We aim to contact successful applicants before the end of August.

Please note: If you have not heard from us by mid-September then we have unfortunately been unable to progress your application on this occasion.


  1. Job Description (.pdf)
  2. Module list