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This suite of three year-long part-time programmes is for all health professionals involved in the education and training of undergraduates and postgraduates. Each year is self-contained and a qualification is obtained after each year: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PG Cert) in year one, Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in year two; and, Masters (MEd) in year three.

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Course details

This part-time programme is designed for health professionals involved in teaching at all levels, the PGCert allows you to develop your knowledge of theory and practice in teaching and learning. The PGDip and MEd focus on your skills as a researcher in education. 

PGCert (Year 1)

This course is for health professionals who are involved in education and training. It provides opportunities to explore the theory underpinning current practice and enables you to apply this to your own education and training context. It is structured round the UK Professional Standards Framework https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/recognition-accreditation/uk-professional-standards-framework-ukpsf and is accredited by the Higher Education Academy at least until 2017/18. 

There are two parallel one year part-time Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) courses that cover very similar materials in slightly different ways. The multi-professional course is for doctors, dentists, nurses and other health professionals; teaching on each module is led by a clinician and an educational expert. The other course is a partnership between the Health Professional Education and Research Unit (HPERU) and the Medical School with team teaching from both; it is specifically for Education Fellows involved in the education of undergraduates from the University of Birmingham.  

There are 5 teaching days on each of the 3 modules below:

  • Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals
  • Assessment for Health Professionals
  • Developing and Sustaining a Curriculum for Health Professionals

PGDip (Year 2)

Successful completion of an additional three modules part-time over one year, leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Education for Health Professionals.Your research skills and theoretical understanding will develop through engaging with literature, then designing and undertaking a small project focused on an educational topic of your choice.

There are 5 days of teaching on each of the 2 modules below

  • Reviewing Education for Health Professionals – What’s out there?
  • Researching Education for Health Professionals

In addition, there is a third module which is research based

  • Project in Education for Health Professionals 

MEd (Year 3) 

The PGDip can be extended to a Masters (MEd) qualification by completing a 15,000 word dissertation based on an educational research project of your choice.

  • Dissertation

Learning and teaching

In the PG Certificate, you will experience numerous approaches including presentations, plenaries and small group discussions. Your active engagement is strongly encouraged e.g. teaching someone a practical skill and presenting a poster at the Birmingham Conference. As is usual at Masters level, considerable self-study time is required outside the teaching days. The first two modules of the Diploma are similar with active participation from students. The third Diploma module and Masters are based on self-study to undertake your own research. Tutorial support is largely one-to-one meetings and emails, although group seminars are also included in the programmes.


Students are usually already employed in the NHS or other Health organisations such as universities and the military. The PG Certificate is HEA accredited, so on successful completion of the course, students are able to apply for professional recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Currently the HEA are charging for this widely recognised teaching qualification: see http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/professional-recognition. However, please note that the HEA is under review so that this might change. The Diploma and Masters are research-based so suitable for those who would like to develop an academic component to their work.

Visit the Education for Health Professionals - MEd/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!




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