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Our part-time MSc Medical Education course is aimed at clinicians who come into contact with medical students in their roles, and want to Our part-time MSc Medical Education course is aimed at clinicians who come into contact with medical students in their roles, and want to further develop their teaching skills through a course with a strong emphasis on professional practice.

Most clinicians engage in some form of teaching, whether this is on wards, in clinics or through other teaching opportunities with undergraduate students and/or trainees. However, few have had the opportunity for professional development in teaching.

Our MSc is suitable for those doctors new to medical education and training, as well as those with experience. Students who enrol on our course include consultants from hospitals and NHS trusts.

The course is also suited to doctors in training in hospitals, general practices and community settings. We also attract doctors with leadership roles in teaching and learning, and GP trainers.


The course will enable you to:

  • develop practical, generic skills in teaching and assessment, underpinned by an understanding of educational theory;
  • enhance your knowledge, skills and attitudes as medical teachers, in relation to teaching and assessment;
  • plan and deliver effective educational experiences;
  • develop sound academic skills applicable to the field of medical education, including literature review and research.

Special features

HEA and AoME membership opportunities

You will have the opportunity to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which provides national recognition of your commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education. You can also become a full member of the AoME (Academy of Medical Educators) without going through the individual assessment process.

Targeted teaching

The units on this course are directly related to clinicians' teaching and assessment responsibilities. Your teaching skills will be observed to assess and reflect on good practice.

Collaborative learning

There are opportunities to interact face-to-face, learn collaboratively and share good practices with clinicians who are mutually interested in medical education.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a combination of study days, workplace-based assessments, research skills training and teaching practice.

Study day attendance is compulsory. However, periodically meeting fellow clinicians to discuss common educational issues can help you to develop your medical education skills. There are also a number of presentations from course tutors.

You will be required to attend one or two study days per course unit:

  • PGCert: 4 two-day sessions, plus a half-day introductory and half-day final session (total = 9 days in Year 1);
  • PGDip: 2 two-day sessions, 2 one-day sessions, plus a half-day introductory and half-day final session (total = 7 days in Year 2);
  • MSc: Attendance at Research Methods sessions and meetings with Supervisor.

Teaching staff

The course team are experienced in education, medicine and healthcare, and Manchester has a national and international reputation for high quality research in these fields. The course directors are Dr Don Bradley and Professor Leena Patel.

Coursework and assessment


We assess you using two observations of teaching practice (for those participants not in the Manchester area, video recordings of teaching sessions, followed by a meeting with the assessor, are permitted) and four written assessments. Please note that it will be the responsibility of the student to arrange their own teaching.


We assess you using four written assessments.


We assess you via the submission of your dissertation.

Some units have online provision, where some of the assessment will take place.


The University of Manchester is one of the largest providers of medicine courses in the country. Four teaching hospitals, together with affiliated hospitals and community practices spread across the north-west, provide excellent facilities for clinical education.

You will also have access to extensive library and online services across the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability and Advisory Support Service 

Accrediting organisations

The PGCert is accredited through the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Students will therefore be eligible to apply for 'Fellow' (FHEA) status from the HEA.

The HEA is an independent organisation in the UK that supports higher education institutions with strategies for the development of research and evaluation, to improve the learning experience for students.

The PGCert is also accredited through the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME). This means that those completing the course will be eligible to apply for full membership of the AoME without going through the individual assessment process.

The PGCert is accredited by the AoME (Academy of Medical Educators).

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




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