Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
- £21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)
A primary medical qualification and Master’s level study, preferably in the field of education or medical education, from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
- Communication skills
- Equality and diversity in medical education
- Fitness to practise of doctors
- Interprofessional education
- Peer-assisted learning
- Professional identity
- Medical revalidation
- Work-based learning.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
A PhD in medical education prepares graduates for a substantive future career as an educational researcher. Whilst many clinical practitioners will continue to practice in healthcare this award carries with it the opportunity to develop an academic role either in undergraduate or postgraduate education. The doctoral qualifications have helped our graduates attain high quality posts as NHS consultants or academics in university settings with complementary roles in medical education with local/national and international influence.
Many former students and clinical practitioners have continued to practise in healthcare whilst playing a significant role in local education programmes.
One former (non-clinical) PhD student remained in the department and was successful in securing a senior lectureship in Medical Education and now plays an important part in the curriculum design of the undergraduate MBBS programme. Graduates of UCLMS research degrees have gone on to senior positions in other medical schools and in the postgraduate sector.
Each year UCL Medical School hosts a Medical Education conference in which research students are encouraged to run workshops and take the opportunity to network with medical educationalists from the UK and internationally who come to share examples of good practice and their own research findings. Academics and research students are also encouraged to attend local, national and international medical education conferences, such as the annual Association of Medical Education in Europe Conference. Researchers are often involved in the teaching of taught undergraduate and graduate programmes at UCL.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCLMS provides the educational leadership and infrastructure for about 2,100 medical undergraduates and 120 postgraduate students. Academic staff at UCLMS have nationally and internationally recognised expertise in medical education. USLMS has a wide range of experienced staff that includes doctor, nurses, psycologists and educationalists. The intra-professional nature of the team encourages vitality and innovation in a broad variety of education research and knowledge transfer activities.
UCL Medical School has been ranked the top medical school in London, based on student satisfication data, for the past four years, and is ranked the third best in the UK according to the Guardian League tables fir 2015. The QS World University Rankings rank UCLMS seventh best in the world.
Student / staff ratios › 8 staff › 120 taught students › 2 research students
Department: Division of Medical Education
"The UCL Doctoral School provides a large selection of high-quality courses to support the graduate student. My PhD supervisors have been particularly supportive in providing me with networking opportunities and I have met some very interesting people."
Dr Emily UnwinSubject: Division of Medical Education MPhil
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now