The Research Department for Medical Education (RDME) is the research arm of UCL Medical School. Drawing together experienced doctors, nurses, psychologists and educationalists, we ensure that the work of the medical school is based on strong pedagogical research foundations.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, plus Master's-level study in either education or medical education. A primary medical qualification is required for a clinically-orientated doctorate.
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.
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UCL Medical School has a significant and vigorous educational research profile. Academics and research staff from a variety of backgrounds (education, social science, psychology, philosophy and medical ethics, as well as clinical specialties) contribute to our cross-disciplinary and wide-ranging educational research activities.
Educational research is fundamental to improving medical and health-related professional practice, from medical school to postgraduate training, and continuing professional development. At UCL Medical School, our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is informed by our research, and our research is informed by our teaching. We are also dedicated to contributing to the wider education community by sharing our research findings and involving key stakeholders in our educational research. Our research outputs and reputation are growing in both national and international importance, particularly in the key area of assessment.
- Assessment in medical education
- Clinical communication
- E-learning in medical education
- Equality and diversity in medical education
- Fitness to practise of doctors
- Interprofessional education
- Peer-assisted learning
- Professional identity
- Selection in medicine
- Medical revalidation
- Transitions in medical careers
- Work-based learning.
About this degree
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Many former students and clinical practitioners have continued to practise in healthcare whilst playing a significant role in local education. UCL Medical School graduates have gone on to senior positions in other medical schools and in the postgraduate sector.
A PhD in Medical Education prepares graduates for a substantive career as an educational researcher. Whilst many clinical practitioners will continue to practise in healthcare, this award carries with it the opportunity to develop an academic role either in undergraduate or postgraduate education. The research qualifications have helped our graduates obtain high-quality posts either as NHS consultants or academics in university settings, with complementary roles in medical education with local/national and international influence.
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. Researchers are often involved in the teaching of taught undergraduate and graduate programmes at UCL.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Medical School is home to an internationally renowned group of medical education researchers, who have expertise in a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
Studying at UCL Medical School will provide you with first-class education and supervision and support your development as a medical education researcher.
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What our students and staff say
"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 UnwinDivision 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.
You should read the guidance on the process for applying to UCL Medical School for a research degree:
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