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Designed by the Royal College of Physicians and UCL to meet the requirements of doctors who are intending to have a significant role in medical education, these programmes are taken sequentially starting with the Postgraduate Certificate in year one, the Postgraduate Diploma in year two, and finally the Master's in year three.

About this degree

Participants develop the ability to: adopt a learner-centred teaching approach, structure teaching, and set objectives that enhance their students' learning; apply educational theory and research to their own teaching practice; recognise how assessment theory should inform practice in assessment of medical competence; and appraise both medical trainees and peers.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The MSc programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising eight core modules (120 credits, part-time two years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate comprising four core modules (60 credits, part-time one year) is offered.

Compulsory modules

  • Teaching and Learning in Medicine I
  • Teaching and Learning in Medicine II
  • Assessment in Medical Education
  • Educational Supervision and Clinical Teaching
  • Advanced Teaching Skills
  • Research Methods in Medical Education
  • Course and Curriculum Design in Medical Education
  • Advanced Clinical Education

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an individual research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programmes are part-time, requiring onsite attendance only during the contact days of teaching sessions and tutorials, which include workshop style discussion and practical application 'simulation' sessions. Assessment is through evaluative reports, investigative study proposal and report, a viva during the final stage and the dissertation. 

UCL regulations require attendance for 70% or more of the module's face-to-face teaching before a student is eligible to submit the assessment for that module.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Whilst many clinical practitioners will continue to practise as doctors, this award carries with it the opportunity to develop a formal role in either undergraduate or postgraduate education. This programme has helped our graduates obtain high-quality posts as NHS consultants or academics in a university setting.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Medical School co-ordinates developments in medical teaching and education and addresses curriculum development, academic standards, the assessment process, clinical and generic skills acquisition and research in medical education.

Our programmes, taught with the Royal College of Physicians, enable participants to gain greater knowledge of teaching and learning processes, develop practical skills and techniques, and gain a deeper understanding of the evidence and theory underpinning current thinking in medical education.

Students benefit from the Jerwood Resource Centre, a world-class medical education library. Collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians attracts teaching input from experts from across the UK.

Department: UCL Medical School

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

Doctors responsible for clinical teaching within the health services and universities are increasingly expected to have a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education. Participants are typically a mixture of consultants and specialists and speciality registrars. Doctors involved in curriculum and course development will find the Diploma particularly relevant.

Application deadlines

29 June 2019

Application is to the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance. Successful completion of the one-year certificate leads to eligibility to study for a further year for the Postgraduate Diploma and success in the diploma leads to eligibility for a final year to study to Master's level.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. Because the programme is usually oversubscribed, we use your personal statement as a method of ranking applicants. This ranking takes into consideration:

  • your current and prior involvement in education and training (with recognition for applicants who teach over and above the usual requirement)
  • evidence of interest in medical education (with recognition for applicants who have undergone prior training in medical education, or have published in the area)
  • your ability to write to an academic standard in English (with penalties for multiple grammatical and spelling errors).

Visit the Medical Education MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the University College London website for more details!

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