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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.

Core 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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Medical Education MSc

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.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Consultant Gastroenterologist, The Great Western Hospital (NHS)
  • Medical Consultant, Addenbrooke's Hospital (NHS)

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: UCL Medical School

80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


Visit the Medical Education (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University College London website for more details!

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