Postgraduate Activities

The work of UCL Medical School extends far beyond the highly acclaimed MBBS programme. It covers a wide range of education activities including award bearing postgraduate courses, Masters and Research Degrees as well as Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and clinical postgraduate training (MDECs) education consultancy and research. The Medical School by enhancing the status of teaching, learning and assessment also supports the seamless high quality education of medical students from admission to graduation and will support and advise on the relevant facilities and resources that underpin excellence in medical education.

Taught degrees in Medical Education

  • Stand alone Masters-level modules
    We provide standalone 15-credit Masters-level modules. The modules can also be taken as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) though attendance only. Please visit our modules webpage for more information.
  • Joint UCL - RCP Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc Medical Education

    We provide Masters Level Medical Education programmes jointly with the Royal College of Physicians. Please visit the RCP education website for more information.

Continuing Professional Development

  • Training to Teach Course
    Training to Teach (TtT) provides high quality intensive training in teaching skills for healthcare professionals. For more information about the training and upcoming courses please visit the TtT website.
  • London Deanery: Faculty Development
    We provide Faculty Development training on behalf of the London Deanery. For further information, please email
  • Foundation Year Training
    We work collaboratively with the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust Postgraduate Centre and the Royal Free Hampstead Hospital Trust in delivering the FY1 and FY2 Generic Skills Programme
  • Registrar Grade Training

    We provide management skills training for SpR's at the Royal Free Hampstead Hospital

  • Hospital Consultant Training

    We provide consultant training to Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, Whittington Hospital and the Royal Free Hamsptead Hospital NHS Trusts.

  • GP Training

    UCLMS work with the London Deanery and with a number of local Vocational Training Programme Directors to provide teacher development activities and training for GP registrars, principals, trainers and course organisers.

  • Communication Skills Programme

    Effective Communication Skills for Senior Staff

  • Individual Assistance

    We provide assistance for those who wish to apply for membership of professional bodies such as the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and can advise on the availability and suitability of courses at UCL and beyond for those wishing to develop further their knowledge and skills as medical educators. We provide expert advice for those involved in curriculum planning, teaching delivery and assessment. 

  • Medical education seminar series and conference
    Please visit UCL Medical School Events for more information and booking.

For further information about any of the above CPD activities please contact Jeannine Attreed.

Clinical postgraduate training and MDECs

UCL Medical School brings together a range of clinicians, practitioners, researchers, academics and clinical teaching fellows many of whom are experienced educationalists. As part of the MDECS programme, UCLMS will be offering three modules in the 2013/14 academic year:

  1. Teaching and Learning in Medical Education. This module is based on the successful Teaching Improvement Project Courses and an existing M level module. It will introduce participants to the theoretical underpinnings of medical education (drawing on recent research and the wider educational community). In addition it will enable students to recognise and develop the attributes of a good medical teacher, gain a greater knowledge of teaching and learning processes and plan effective teaching. Students will also develop practical skills and techniques to become more effective educators and enable them to maximise teaching opportunities in the clinic or on the ward. 
  2. Quality Improvement in Health Care. This module is adapted from the Quality Improvement module from the award winning MSc in International Primary Health Care. Quality improvement is relevant to the development of, and improvement in, all health care systems. Drawing largely on UK/European and North American literature participants will explore the theories and methods of healthcare quality improvement. This module will enable participants to appraise these theories in the context of their own organizational setting to understand those initiatives that could improve the quality of health care delivered.
  3. Leadership Skills for the Healthcare Professional. Leadership is an imperative component of contemporary healthcare. In a changing societal and healthcare landscape, delivering progressive healthcare is a challenging process. This module has been developed to allow professionals who take responsibility for the resourceful and safe organisation of healthcare practice to develop their skills and understanding of workplace based leadership and its application. This module will suit participants from all medical specialities as well as from professional backgrounds allied to medicine, such as nursing, midwifery and paramedicine.

Drawing heavily on our experiences of delivering distance-learning MSc programmes, these modules will be delivered through a blended learning and on-line format using UCL’s VLE (Moodle 2). This approach combines educational methods that encourage self-directed learning, reflection on personal experience, critical thinking and access to extensive online resources. This will enable students to engage in collaborative learning and to be in regular contact with module tutors for a high level of academic support.