2020 start
PG Certificate

Medical Education

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Become part of the next generation of exceptional medical and healthcare educators. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver exceptional teaching and learning that meets modern healthcare challenges and delivers effective care for future generations.
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Course description

This course is now closed for 2020 applications. You can apply for 2021 entry.

Accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators.

This course is delivered through a highly experienced, multi-disciplinary team of expert tutors. Whether you are new to teaching or want to enhance existing skills, you'll gain expertise in effective medical education and develop a scholarly approach to implementing educational practices and strategies. Throughout your studies, we encourage you to make critical links between your own practice, theory and policy.

The course is open to participants from a range of healthcare professions and related roles, including academics. Studying alongside peers in the healthcare sector, you’ll explore ways of developing and delivering effective medical education, address the associated challenges and investigate the different approaches. It is designed specifically for healthcare professionals wishing to develop their role and skills. The course is particularly suited to professionals who want to gain a postgraduate qualification while working and will provide you with the skills, knowledge and recognition to enhance your career prospects.

Join our Virtual Open Day

Meet tutors and find out more about the programme on our Virtual Open Day.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.


Explore core modules and study dates


Seminars, workshops, practical activities and online activity.


Each of the modules is assessed independently via a combination of portfolio submissions and practical teaching sessions. Participants will be required to undertake a peer review of their teaching, which will be assessed formatively and also provide a signed testimonial of an observed teaching session (summative assessment).


1 year part-time

Your career

After successfully completing your course, graduates have had the opportunity to secure roles within medical and healthcare education, training and supervision, senior management roles including NHS Training Director, as well as academic positions in Higher Education.

Our graduates now work in many healthcare settings such as the NHS or in private healthcare, as well as universities around the world.

Despite being a relatively experienced educator, this course helped me improve the way I teach our trainees. It opened my eyes up to the theory of assessment and the tools we use. It's a really enjoyable course for postgraduates from varying backgrounds and all grades of experience.

Dr Andy Webster
Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education student

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a recognised degree in a healthcare profession
  • experience in teaching or supervising learning in a healthcare or related setting
  • access to learners in a healthcare or related setting.

As part of your application process you'll be required to have visited our Virtual Open Day. Here you'll find all the information you require to help you make your application.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.

As this course is taught part-time, it is not open to applicants who require a visa to study in the UK.

This programme helps colleagues deliver world-class learning experiences within their workplace, which is vital for the development of the future workforce and to sustain and grow healthcare provision to meet future challenges. We pride ourselves on providing opportunities to work alongside colleagues across diverse disciplines and content is directly related to clinical and healthcare teaching and assessment. There is an emphasis on using current issues and real-life situations to help participants bridge the gap between theory, practice and policy.

Andrew Stork
Programme Director

This course is now closed to new applications.

If you have applied for this course and need more information about your application, please contact study@sheffield.ac.uk


Gail Hible


+44 114 222 5341

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.