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

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Part-time: 3 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£2,175 (PT)
£5,725 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 18 January 2015
Close: 1 May 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: This programme may be studied on a part-time basis only; the fee shown here is the part-time fee. Please note that the PG Cert and PG Dip must be completed before entry onto the MSc will be allowed. 2016 fees for the PG Cert (first year of study) are: Home/EU: £4,085*; Overseas: £13,950*; 2016 fees for the PG Dip (second year of study) are Home/EU: £4,085*; Overseas: £13,955*; 2016 fees for the MSc (third year of study are Home/EU: £2,385*; Overseas: £5,945*.

*Fees are subject to confirmation

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.

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: Good level. If your existing score is below this, please consider retaking the exam, as applicants with lower scores will not be accepted on the programme.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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.

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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.

A Postgraduate Certificate comprising four core modules (60 credits, part-time one year) is offered in year one.

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

Students undertaking the full MSc take modules up to the value of 180 credits, comprising eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising of eight core modules (120 credits, part-time two years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate comprising of four core modules (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 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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Medical Education MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.


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.

Student / staff ratios › 14 staff › 120 taught students › 2 research students

Department: UCL Medical School

Degree reviews

Student review

"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."

Orhan Orhan

Medical Education MSc

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?

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 specialists and speciality registrars. Doctors involved in curriculum and course development will find the Diploma particularly relevant.

Application deadlines

All applicants
1 May 2016
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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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)


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