Medical Education MSc

London, Regent's Park (Royal College of Physicians)

Doctors responsible for clinical teaching within the health services and universities are increasingly expected to have a postgraduate qualification in Medical Education. This programme is designed by the Royal College of Physicians and UCL to meet the needs of doctors who are intending to have a significant role in medical education.

UK students International students
Study mode
Flexible
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£16,100
Programme only available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£29,000
Programme only available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
Not applicable
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Jul 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

Entry to the Postgraduate Certificate of the MSc 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.

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: Level 2. If your existing score is below this, please consider retaking the exam, as applicants with lower scores will not be accepted on the programme.

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This is a flexible, part-time, modular master's programme specifically designed for doctors wishing to develop their roles as educators. The programme is taken sequentially, starting with the Postgraduate Certificate in year one, the Postgraduate Diploma in year two, and finally the Master's in year three.

Participants develop the ability to adopt a learner-centred teaching approach, structure teaching, and set objectives that enhance their students' learning. You will apply educational theory and research to your own teaching practice, recognise how assessment theory should inform practice in assessment of medical competence, and appraise both medical trainees and peers.

Who this course is for

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.

What this course will give you

  • The UCL Medical School is a world-leader in medical education.
  • We address curriculum development, academic standards, the assessment process, clinical and generic skills acquisition, and research in medical education.
  • Our programmes are taught with the Royal College of Physicians, which attracts teaching input from experts across the UK.
  • Participants gain 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.

The foundation of your career

This programme has helped many of our graduates obtain high-quality posts as NHS consultants or academics in a university setting.

Employability

While many clinical practitioners will continue to practise as doctors, this award presents an opportunity to develop a formal role in either undergraduate or postgraduate education.

Our graduates include consultant geriatricians, consultant paediatricians, senior lecturers, and registrars in clinical pharmacology and acute medicine.

Teaching and learning

Assessment is through evaluative reports, an investigative study proposal and report, and the final dissertation.

You have roughly 72 hours of contact time during the Postgraduate Certificate year (one) and the Postgraduate Diploma year (two), and 36 hours during the master's year (three). 

Each year of the programme is expected to take about 600 hours in total, to include teaching, tutorials, independent study and drafting and writing assignments.

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising eight core modules (120 credits) is offered A Postgraduate Certificate comprising four core modules (60 credits) is offered.

Modules

This flexible, modular master’s programme can be completed in 3-5 years. This is a cumulative programme. You can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after completing year one, or a Postgraduate Diploma after completing the first two years.

By attending face-to-face teaching days at the RCP, you will receive expert teaching, tailored support through one-to-one tutorials, networking opportunities with a variety of like-minded professionals, and access to unique medical education resources.

Year 1

You take four three-day modules, studied face-to-face. What you will learn:

  • To adopt a learner-centred teaching approach, structure teaching, and set objectives that enhance their students' learning.
  • To apply educational theory and educational research to their own teaching practice including small group, large group, bedside and opportunistic clinical teaching setting.
  • How to use educational innovations within medical education.
  • Recognising how assessment theory should inform practice in assessment of medical competence.
  • To select and use a range of assessment methods with confidence.
  • To appraise both medical trainees and peers within evidence-based structures.
  • To maximise your effectiveness as educational supervisors and gain confidence in your management of trainees in difficulty.

Year 2

You take four day-to-day modules, studied face-to-face. You may study a module from another programme in place of one of the Royal College of Physicians/University College London (RCPUCL) modules. What you will learn:

  • Further knowledge and understanding of the research evidence, theory, and practicalities of course and curriculum design.
  • Practical experience of course design and evaluation.
  • To critically select, develop and evaluate written, electronic, clinical skills and patient-related resources to support learning in medical education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • The foundational knowledge and skills to conduct research in medical education.
  • To apply your educational research knowledge through a small research project.
  • To identify and gain the skills and attributes of effective educational leadership in medicine.

Year 3

You complete a research thesis or report in medical education with regular face-to-face meetings with a designated tutor. What you will learn:

  • To conduct a comprehensive, critical review of research evidence and educational theory in a chosen area of medical education practice.
  • To developing and employ your research skills in medical education.
  • An in-depth knowledge of the controversies, evidence and theory relating to the area of study.
  • Further knowledge and understanding of the research evidence, theory, and practicalities of course and curriculum design.
  • Practical experience of programme design and evaluation.
  • To critically select, develop and evaluate written, electronic, clinical skills and patient-related resources to support learning in medical education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • The knowledge and skills to conduct research in medical education.
  • To apply your educational research knowledge through a small research project.
  • To identify and gain the skills and attributes of effective educational leadership in medicine.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Medical Education. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Medical Education. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Medical Education.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £16,100
Tuition fees (2023/24) £29,000

Programme only available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with the first application review on 1 June and offers will be made shortly after. We advise you to apply early as applications may close before the closing date if all places are offered. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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).

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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