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PG Cert in Medical Education

Course Description

The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education has been designed collaboratively by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine’s Clinical Deanery. The Postgraduate Certificate is a one-year, part-time Master’s-level programme resulting in 60 FHEQ Level-7 credits and the University of Cambridge award.

Visit the website: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/component/courses/?view=course&cid=19782

Who is the course designed for?

The Postgraduate Certificate is aimed at doctors and other professionals allied to medicine who have a teaching role and/or a role in training and appraising healthcare professionals. This includes doctors working in: primary care; secondary care at all levels from foundation year 2 to consultant grades; and other professionals allied to medicine that have a role in teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates. Hear what our current students have to say.

Course detail

The programme is designed to provide practical solutions to teaching undergraduates or postgraduates as individuals, small groups and larger groups. It will look at the theory behind teaching in medical settings and how these apply in real life situations. It is also designed to provide help in developing skills in giving feedback, appraisal and assessment. Where possible the teaching will be adaptable so that it can help specific groups of teachers in their particular environment.

The programme is designed to meet recommendations of the GMC and Academy of Medical Educators, and aims to contribute to continuing professional development of doctors and allied professionals in an integrated clinical and teaching environment to stimulate more inter-professional education; and to develop a cohort of professionals who will pursue and develop their roles as teachers in the field of medical education. Students successfully completing the programme will have gained skills and knowledge to:

- Ensure safe and effective patient care through training
- Establish and maintain an environment for learning
- Teach and assess learning and apply core theoretical principles to their own educational contexts
- Support and monitor educational progress
- Guide personal and professional development

Upon successful completion of the programme you may apply for membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME); you may also apply for Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


The Postgraduate Certificate comprises three modules providing a total of approximately 90 contact hours with additional between-module reflection, study and assignment work. The three modules are:

Core skills in medical education (confirmed teaching dates):

13 October 2016
14 October 2016
11 November 2016
2 December 2016

Applying teaching skills (confirmed teaching dates):

20 January 2017
3 March 2017
7 April 2017

The role of assessment (confirmed teaching dates):

5 May 2017
6 May 2017
2 June 2017

The postgraduate certificate is not a distance learning course and attendance in Cambridge for the teaching sessions is compulsory. It is therefore essential that all applicants are available to attend all the teaching events.

All teaching will take place at Madingley Hall from 9am to 6pm and accommodation can be booked subject to availability.

A virtual learning environment will support students’ learning throughout the programme.


You will be assessed throughout the three modules using a variety of techniques including evidence of regular reflection in reflective diaries. There will also be a requirement for you to take part in peer review of other students both as the observer and as the learner and then to provide a written reflection on that process. There are two summative assessments in the form of a written assignment of between 4,500 and 5,500 words or the equivalent plus one formative assessment.

- 9 January 2017
- 30 June 2017

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying


Bursaries may be available for qualifications in medical education, some deaneries, for example the Health Education East of England, may offer bursaries for qualifications in medical education, and enquiries should be directed to the relevant Postgraduate Centre in your region. It is also worth investigating what funding is available from your employer if you teach regularly.

Health Education East of England: https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/Educator_Applications

Find your Postgraduate Centre: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/institute-media/ctms/pdfs/east_of_england_postgraduate_centre_addresses_1342.pdf

Visit the PG Cert in Medical Education page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

If you wish to apply to join the programme you must:Hold a qualification in one of the healthcare professions or another relevant qualification. Be a post-foundation-year doctor in primary, secondary or tertiary care or a professional allied to medicine who is involved in teaching students at undergraduate or postgraduate levels.Have had at least one year of experience as a teacher prior to starting the programme.Be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language; students whose first language is not English must be able to satisfy the requirement below.

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