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Medical Education - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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. There are no optional modules for this programme.

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

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 course 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.


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.

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

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Orhan Orhan

"The MSc in Medical Education has been a great experience and invaluable in planning my career. The programme itself is a good mix of theory and practice and the projects we undertake have a lot of flexibility combined with good support format he tutors. I have met some great educationalists along the way with bounding enthusiasm, and made some friends as well. I highly recommend this programme for those with a similar interest."


Entry Requirements

Entry to the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education requires a primary medical qualification. Eligibility for the Postgraduate Diploma requires successful completion of the RCP/UCL Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education. Eligibility for Master's level is dependent on successful completion of the RCP/UCL Postgraduate Diploma.

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