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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

Accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators

This is a highly flexible course, designed to fit around your needs and commitments. The course provides the opportunity for healthcare professionals with a developing interest in medical education to explore the theoretical principles underpinning medical education and consider how this relates to their practice.

The course aims to develop medical educators who are informed and understand the core principles and issues in medical education. Participants on this course come from a range of healthcare professions such as doctors, dentists, psychiatrists, nurses, physician associates and paramedics.

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.

We are a leading centre for medical education. Our curriculum is innovative and highly regarded, developing our students to achieve their potential. The Academic Unit of Medical Education includes the Clinical Skills Centre, Medical Teaching Unit (Anatomy) and the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care.

Virtual Open Day

Please see our Virtual Open Day before applying.

Meet tutors and find out more about the programme.


This course has limited capacity, and we review applications on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that we may have filled all our places before the advertised application deadline. If you apply after the course is full and we would still like to offer you a place, we will put you on a waiting list for the current year, then guarantee you an offer for the next year.

Apply by Friday 30 July 2021


Explore core modules and study dates


  • Taught study days (two per module)
  • Practical activities
  • Online discussion, activities and tasks
  • Essential and optional reading


Each of the modules is assessed independently via a combination of written and portfolio submissions.


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

Apply now

This course has limited capacity, and we review applications on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that we may have filled all our places before the advertised application deadline. Information about applying

Apply by 30 July 2021


Gail Hible


+44 114 222 5341

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from. Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.