UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences


Medical Education degrees

Both our master's programmes, MSc Health Professions Education and MSc Medical Education (the latter offered with the Royal College of Physicians), equip clinicians to delivery the highest standards of education. On our PhD programme, you will have access to high levels of pedagogical expertise for your development as a successful independent researcher.

Deeper insight into medical education

Dr Anjali Gondhalekar studied the MSc Health Professions Education at UCL. She was interested in making medical education as part of her career whilst working as a GP. Anjali and other students give their feedback on the programme and why they would recommend the course.

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Our programmes

Join UCL's world-leading academic community working on education, leadership, research, primary care and assessment. Our courses meet the needs of doctors who are intending to have a significant role in medical education. Benefit from an extensive range of scientific, clinical, and educational expertise and access to world-class training, facilities, and equipment.

Health Professions Education, MSc 

Our Health Professions Education programme provides the training you need to develop your career as an educator and leader in your field. You can choose from five pathways: a flexible route, or specialise in Leadership, Research, Primary Care, or Assessment.

  • Full-time, 1 year. Flexible 5 years.
  • Subjects: Medical Education; Medicine

Medical Education, MSc

This is a flexible, part-time, modular master's programme specifically designed for doctors wishing to develop their roles as educators. Designed by the Royal College of Physicians and UCL for doctors who intend to have a significant role in medical education.

  • Flexible, 5 years.
  • Subjects: Medical Education; Medicine

Division of Medical Education, MPhil / PhD

On this full or part-time PhD programme, you will have access to high levels of pedagogical expertise for your development as a successful independent researcher.

  • Full-time, 3 years. Part-time, 5-years.
  • Subjects: Medical Education; Medicine

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Why study Medical Education at UCL?

Medical Education and Health Professions Education are fundamental for improving medical and health professionals' practice. Our academic and research staff are from a variety of backgrounds, including education, sociology, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, and medical ethics, as well as clinical specialities.

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Medical leadership accreditation

The MSc Health Professions Education is accredited by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and the Academy of Medical Educators.

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Pathways to meet your needs

The flexible MSc Health Professions Education offers specialist routes (Assessment, Leadership, Primary Care, and Research) to suit your needs.

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Global leader for medicine

UCL is a global leader for medicine, ranked 6th in the world for Medicine (and first in London) in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.

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UCL Scholarships

UCL offers a Master's Bursary and Master's Scholarships worth up to £15,000 for those from lower income backgrounds to study a taught master's.

"It's a great place to start"

Zack studied the MSc Medical Education to develop his interest in teaching and training doctors and medical students. He studied part-time over three years and undertook a research project in-depth in his final year, which has led to a journal publication.

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Whether you are looking for teaching, leadership and management or research-based roles, our medical education and health professions education programmes help you to navigate educational career routes in diverse settings.

These awards allow you to diversify your career and provide an excellent adjunct to clinical work. Our graduates are equipped to deliver excellent education in diverse contexts from university settings to clinical workplaces.

Our alumni work across a broad range of areas; for example, working as Clinical Supervisors and Preceptors or taking up education leadership roles within NHS Trusts. 

Others work as teaching clinicians in a range of disciplines and professional roles or have taken jobs as lecturers and researchers in clinical and non-clinical areas. Graduates can also be found working as clinical education policymakers and managers.

I'm really interested in medical education and making this part of my future career, and I'd like to do this beside doing my general practice work.

Getting a deeper insight into the underpinning knowledge associated with medical education and pedagogical theories would help me to achieve this in the longer term.

The flexibility is excellent. It means that I can choose modules that complement my timetable, and this allows me to fit it around my schedule and other commitments.

Dr Anjali Gondhalekar, MSc Health Professions Education

Dr Anjali Gondhalekar

Did you know?

  • The UCL Medical School is a world-leader in medical education and has educated doctors since 1834.
  • UCL Medical School has emerged from the unification of several prestigious medical schools over the years: Middlesex Hospital, University College Hospital, and the Royal Free Hospital.
  • In 1877 The Royal Free Hospital agreed to allow students from The London School of Medicine for Women to complete their clinical studies there and by 1896 was renamed The London Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine for Women.
  • Many UCL Medical School alumni have gone on to become high-profile figures and leaders of the global medical profession.
  • UCL is ranked 7th for Clinical and Health in the 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject.

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Our research in Medical Education

As a global leader in medicine and education, UCL's ethos and research strategy is to ensure our research makes a difference. Our work on selection, postgraduate clinical assessments, mental health and well-being, and social justice broadly has had significant impact outside of academia. UCL's Research Department for Medical Education (RDME) is one of the UK's top medical education research departments.

Partnership milestone with Kingdom University of Health Sciences

UCL Medical School is supporting with the establishment of the new university and undergraduate medicine programme in Jordan during a 10-year project.

Research clinician awarded major medical education fellowship

Professor Ahmed Rashid (UCL Medical School) has been awarded the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education (KIPRIME) Fellowship.

Our teaching leads

Dr Kerry Calvo

Dr Kerry Calvo

Professor Ann Griffin

Prof. Ann Griffin

Dr Miranda Kronfli

Dr Miranda Kronfli

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