PDF version of Medical Education Certificate/Diploma/MSc

Contact details

Ms Melanie Harradine

Email: education.courses@rcplondon.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3075 1562

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

N/A (PT)*

Overseas 2013/14:

N/A (PT)*

PG Certificate: £3,500
PG Diploma: £3,750
MSc: £2,000
PG Certificate: £8,250
PG Diploma: £12,750
MSc: £5,250

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Medical Education

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Medical Education Certificate/Diploma/MSc

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 Certificate in year one, the Diploma in year two, and finally the Master's in year three.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

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.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Medical Education 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.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Part-time 3 years

Students take 60 credits in Year One, 60 credits in Year Two, and 60 credits in Year Three, to a total value of 180 credits. Certificate: Four core modules (60 credits). Diploma: Eight core modules (120 credits). MSc: Eight core modules (120 credits) and research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, part-time two years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time one year) is offered.

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


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an individual research project which culminates in a dissertation of 20,000–30,000 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 2500-word evaluative reports, investigative study proposal and report, a viva during the final course and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Entry to the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education requires a primary medical qualification. Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma requires attainment of a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education or its equivalent. Progression to Master's level is dependent on successful completion of the RCP/UCL Postgraduate Diploma.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply


Application is to the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance. Successful completion of the one-year Certificate leads to eligibility to study for a further year for the Postgraduate Diploma, and success in the Diploma leads to eligibility for a final year to study to Master's level. Application materials should be downloaded from the RCP website and must be submitted to the RCP. The closing date is 1 May.

Who can apply?

Doctors responsible for clinical teaching within the health services and universities are increasingly expected to have a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education. Participants are typically a mixture of consultants and SpRs/ StRs from a range of specialties. Doctors involved in curriculum and course development will find the Diploma particularly relevant.

What are we looking for?

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. Because the programme is usually oversubscribed, we use your personal statement as a method of ranking applicants. This ranking takes into consideration:

  • your current and prior involvement in education and training (with recognition for applicants who teach over and above the usual requirement)
  • evidence of interest in medical education (with recognition for applicants who have undergone prior training in medical education, or have published in the area)
  • your ability to write to an academic standard in English (with penalties for multiple grammatical and spelling errors)


First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:

  • Southend Hospital: Surgeon
  • Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust: Consultant Physician
  • Imperial College London: Clinical Lecturer
  • Royal Marsden Hospital: Consultant Oncologist
  • Whittington Hospital: Paediatric Registrar
  • NHS London: Cardiologist
  • Whipps Cross University NHS Trust: Consultant Paediatrician
  • UCL NHS Foundation Trust: Consultant Physician
  • NHS: Speciality Four-year Trainee
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital: Hospital Consultant

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Request content update l Request printed information l Disclaimer
Page maintained by Publications and Marketing Services