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Course content

Course overview

  • Develop your skills as a medical educator
  • Learn new teaching methods and enhance your teaching practice and gain the skills required to design curricula, plan and implement novel teaching.
  • Have the opportunity to gain international recognition for your teaching as a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy) through our innovative `LEAP' pathway.
  • Exchange ideas and best practice with other healthcare professionals working in a range of areas thanks to our unique multidisciplinary learning environment.
  • Explore the challenges of and differences within teaching and assessment across all disciplines, supporting your continuing professional development.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCert (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800 
  • International students (per annum): £3,900

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning AP(E)L. The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a PGCert, 45 credits to a PGDip and 60 credits to an MSc.

 If your AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and the administrative charge is applied.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 7.0 overall (7.0 in each component)
  • TOEFL: 100 internet-based (with 25 in each component)

See further information about requirements for your country .

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week pre-sessional course (PS6)
  • Minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)

Please note, we must approve this before you apply for the English course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other entry requirements

A pre-requisite for entry to the course is an interest in improving your own practice in medical education.

Application and selection

How to apply

You should apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

For September 2019 entry you should apply directly for the PGCert, unless you already hold a PGCert in Medical Education from another institution in which case you may apply for direct entry onto the PGDip year of the MSc.

Where accreditation of prior learning is requested, your PGCert award must have been achieved within the previous five years. For us to consider an AP(E)L request, the required documentation must include certification.

We are currently redeveloping our suite of medical and healthcare education programmes and we will keep applicants updated about developments relating to our new PGDip and MSc programmes.

Your application form must have the following documents:

One academic reference on letter headed paper, signed and dated, or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly.

  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English).
  • Personal statement of approximately 250-500 words about the reasons for your interest in this course. 
  • Curriculum vitae including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience and visa status for overseas applicants.

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, using all information provided.

Interview requirements

We do not normally interview applicants but reserve the right to do so in certain circumstances.

Aims

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.

Teaching and learning

Each unit will use a blended learning approach, with a number of face-to-face teaching sessions, pre-sessional tasks and flipped teaching.

Online learning will take place via the Blackboard platform.

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.

Coursework and assessment

There will be formative and summative assessments for each unit including essays and a portfolio.


Visit the PGCert Medical Education page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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