Medical Education MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Medical Education MSc/PGDip/PGCert

School of Medicine


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year; Part-time; 2-3 years. The course can be studied by distance learning or blended delivery, part or full time.

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  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    September and January

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Why study this programme?

Many of our courses will start in January and September and online/virtual delivery may be available. Please speak to our team to find out more on

Will you inspire and train the medics and healthcare professionals of the future? This series of postgraduate courses will provide an introduction to teaching, learning and assessing for those new to educating others and will allow experienced tutors to refine and enhance their skills by reviewing current practice. 

Suitable for doctors and other healthcare professionals who are responsible for teaching, assessing and supporting students and trainees, both in educational institutions and in the workplace, who wish to enhance their confidence and skills in medical education. 

Studying alongside peers within the healthcare sector who also have an educational role, you will explore ways of developing and delivering effective medical education, addressing challenges and investigating different approaches. 

Students can exit with the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma which will develop a host of new skills and knowledge with a practical application in the workplace or choose to progress to the Master’s degree to design and conduct educational research in the field. 

Students may be clinicians with responsibility for education in their role, those new to medical education looking to develop and enhance their portfolio career, or more experienced educators looking to update their skills with the latest practice. 

The distance-learning and blended delivery of this programme allows professionals to study whilst working. 

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Entry Requirements

  • Must hold medical or dental degree (e.g., MB ChB, MB BS, B.D.S), or degree-level qualification within another healthcare discipline 
  • Be actively engaged in medical, dental or healthcare practice 
  • Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent)

Programme at a Glance

PG Certificate in Medical Education

MB4105 Professionalism in Healthcare Settings 

This module will develop your understanding of the principles of defining, teaching and assessing professional attributes in a healthcare setting. Not only will it help you to implement high quality professionalism measures but also to develop strategies for dealing effectively with poor professionalism in practice. 

MB4102 Educational Theory to Educational Practice 

This module will help you to develop the fundamental principles and practical skills needed to teach in healthcare settings in both clinical and formal educational contexts. It will focus on teaching methods for a variety of purposes and settings. 

MB4104 Assessment in Healthcare Settings  

Assessment in Healthcare settings introduces you the purposes and role of assessment. It will help you to develop valid and reliable assessment strategies and to design and deliver assessment for a variety of purposes and settings. 

PG Diploma in Medical Education

You are required to have been successful at the PG Certificate level before undertaking the PG Diploma. There are six option modules, from which you must choose three: 

MB4100 Assessment Design and Delivery

Here we consider the principles and practical skills required in order to deliver clinical assessment within clinical and non-clinical setting. The focus of this module will be the suitability and adaption of assessment methods for different teaching environments. 

MB4101 Evidence-based Medical Education 

This module explores ways in which evidence can be reviewed and appraised to support its translation into teaching practice. It will develop your skills in finding and reviewing questions in evidence based medical education. 

MB4124 Professional Development through CPD 

This module will enable students to effectively appraise their achievement of medical education related CPD activities and critically evaluate the impact of this CPD on their professional development.   

MB4048 Work Based Learning 

This module is student led. You, as a postgraduate healthcare professional, will identify a specific area for innovation within your sphere of practice. Your design and implementation of this service / practice innovation will be the focus of this module. 

MB4123 Curriculum Design 

The aim of this module is to develop students’ critical understanding of the principles and practice of curriculum design in medical education. Drawing on educational theory, and research within medical education and other subject areas, the module aims to support medical educators in the design of curricula in their own area of the health care profession. 

MB4122 Coaching and Mentoring in Medical Education 

This module aims to integrate the theory and practice of coaching and mentoring of learners within medical education and health care settings. The module will explore coaching and mentoring strategies that can be used when working with healthcare professionals, students and patients. 

MSc Medical Education

You are required to have been successful at the PG Diploma level before undertaking the MSc Medical Education  

MB4066 Research Methods for Medical and Clinical Practice, Education and Management  

This module will explore the different methodologies used in medical education research. A key focus will be consideration of purpose and how this impacts methods, as well as the role of theoretical perspectives. Finally, methods of appraisal will be considered to support the medical educator in considering quality and strength of evidence. 


MB4022 Professional Project 

Students will have the opportunity to develop and apply research, change management and service re-design methods in a specific area of interest within their field of professional practice. It also will foster greater confidence in your ability to conduct independent research activity, deliver a change in practice or re-design a service within your organisation. 


MB4003 Dissertation

Students are expected to take responsibility for designing, conducting, analysing and interpreting the results of a substantial investigation, which will make a contribution to your particular professional discipline. 

Further Information


This is a largely online programme (and wholly online if distance learning option is chosen) that can be studied at your own pace, part or full time, ensuring success alongside your own professional practice.  

As a student on this course, you will have access to all University facilities. 

A variety of assessment methods will be used and much of the assessment will be closely linked to your own practice. Assessment strategies can include online presentations, written exercises and the designing of materials that you have created specifically for your own context. All assignments can be submitted online in order to maximise flexibility. 

The learning environment utilises a range of technologies from video and audio to interactive exercises that check your understanding. Communication will be both asynchronous and synchronous (depending on whether blended or distance learning is chosen) and you will have the opportunity to collaborate both with your fellow students and with course tutors. 

The programme is led by Helen Hooper and Rosemary Smith, with other staff from the PG Medical Education team contributing. In addition, Professor of Medical Education, John McLachlan, is a significant contributor to the programme.


  • High quality teaching from experts in medical education
  • Blended delivery which allows learning alongside other commitments
  • Range of pedagogically sound technologies to support interactive learning
  • Varied assessment strategy with online submission
  • Supports teaching career progression in clinical and academic settings
  • Delivered in an innovative School of Medicine by experts in the field

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,000 per 20 credit module (UK/EU)

International Students

Full-time: £14,000
Part time (distance learning): £1555 per 20 credit module

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

The programme has been developed in close liaison with GPs, NHS Trusts, CCGs and clinicians to ensure it meets the needs of the health economy. 

Professional Accreditation

Royal College of Surgeons
Centre accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons

Progression routes

The MSc Medical Education provides an ideal base from which to progress onto our DProf Clinical Studies.

Utilising your CPD training as Clinical Professionals