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.
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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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.
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.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The MSc programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma comprising eight core modules (120 credits) is offered
A Postgraduate Certificate comprising four core modules (60 credits) is offered.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a 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.
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.
- Teaching and Learning in Medicine I
- Teaching and Learning in Medicine II
- Assessment in Medical Education
- Educational Supervision and Clinical Teaching
- Advanced Teaching Skills
- Course and Curriculum Design in Medical Education
- Advanced Clinical Education
- Dissertation Study Module in Medical Education
The Diploma modules do not need to be studied in sequence. "Advanced teaching skills" and “Research methods in Medical Education" are core. A student could elect to gain 15 credits (1 module's worth) from a different UCL program if they felt that was more suitable to their needs
A student could elect to gain 15 credits (1 module's worth) from a different UCL program if they felt that was more suitable to their needs at Diploma level.
- Further information about these modules is available on the department website.
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 stage 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.
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.
Department: UCL Medical School
Application and next steps
Applications for 2020-21 are now open and will close on 24 July 2020. 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 £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
- All applicants
- 28 August 2020
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.Apply now
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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