Postgraduate

Medical Education MMedEd, PGDip, PGCert

Medical Education MMedEd, PGDip, PGCert

MMedEd - full time: 12 months, part time: 12-24 months
PGDip - part time: 12-24 months
PGDip Accelerated - part time: 12 months
PGCert - part time: 12 months
PGCert - part time (e-Learning): 12 months

Profile

Our course allows medical educators to enhance their educational practice, skills and knowledge. You will gain expertise in effective medical education in the context of your practice. You will also develop a scholarly approach through evaluating established practice and educational initiatives.

The course is flexible and practice-based. It will suit health professionals and those involved or interested in medical education. Through advancing your skills and knowledge you will enhance your contribution to educational practice. You will also extend your ability to contribute to medical education as a discipline.

By the end of the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), you will be able to:

  • design and deliver educational interventions
  • select the most appropriate educational strategies or methods for specified contexts
  • relate educational issues in clinical practice to a wider educational context
  • critically appraise theory, ‘evidence’ and empirical data as well as your own practice
  • take a strategic approach to your educational needs and plan to address these
  • explain and justify the decisions made when designing methods for investigating medical education
  • use medical education theories and principles to inform educational practice

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Master of Medical Education (MMedEd) further advance your knowledge and skills. You will learn to: 

  • engage in academic debate about educational research and practice (PGDip, MMedEd)
  • show advanced knowledge in specific areas of special interest or professional relevance (PGDip, MMedEd)
  • contest and contribute to the body of knowledge about medical education (MMedEd)
  • identify practical and robust design solutions to selected research questions (MMedEd)

Delivery

The face-to-face course has been structured to meet the needs of students who are also full-time health professionals. Each module is equivalent to approximately three study days. It is delivered through a combination of:

  • study days
  • resource-based learning
  • private study
  • individual tutorials 
  • online exercises
  • work-based assignments

The e-learning Postgraduate Certificate is studied completely via distance learning. Each of the three 20-credit modules runs over either 11 or 12 weeks. 

Full and part time

You can study the MMedEd full time over one year.

If you prefer to study part time you can complete the PGCert over one year. Following this you can progress to the PGDip, which you can study over one or two years. Finally, you can progress to the MMedEd, which is also studied over one or two years.

Accelerated

You can also choose to complete an Accelerated Diploma or Accelerated Masters course. This allows you to study more than one stage of the course, part time, over one year:

  • Accelerated Diploma (PGCert and PGDip)
  • Accelerated Masters (PGDip and MMedEd)

Student blogs

You can read Saman's blog on studying Medical Education MMedEd at Newcastle on our PG Café blog pages.

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A MMedEd student talks about their experience on the on the course
Student profile

I enjoy the teaching opportunities provided to us, especially teaching lower stage medical students, which is valuable in refreshing our own skills as well as helping improve our teaching methods.

Saman's student profile
Saman

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Modules

Modules for 2017 entry

MMedEd (180 credits)

Compulsory modules
Optional modules

You will take further modules to a value of 20 credits from the following:

PGCert (60 credits)

Compulsory modules

PGDip (120 credits)

Compulsory modules

*This module is optional if graduating with Diploma but compulsory if you want to progress to the MMedEd.

Optional modules

You will take further modules to a value of 20 credits from the following:

If you have appropriate prior-accredited learning you can enter the course at different stages.

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, in a healthcare profession or relevant discipline.

If you are applying for the PGDip you must have completed the PGCert in Medical or Clinical Education. If you are applying for the part time MMedEd you must have completed the PGDip in Medical or Clinical Education. 

If you are applying for part time study you must be working in a role that involves medical education for the duration of the course. 

If you are an intercalating medical student applying for the MMedEd you must have:

  • completed your third or fourth undergraduate year
  • passed all assignments on first attempt

We will consider relevant prior-accredited learning (RPL) for exemption from certain modules:

  • up to 20 credits (for the Teaching and Learning in the Classroom module) for students studying to PGCert or PGDip level
  • 60 credits for students studying the MMedEd

If you have a PGCert from another institution and want to apply for RPL please contact the School of Medical Education.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

When you make your online application, insert the relevant course code on the 'Programme of Study' page:

  • 5861F Medical Education, MMedEd – Full-Time
  • 5861P Medical Education, MMedEd – Part-Time
  • 3485P Medical Education, PGDip - 2 Year Part-Time
  • 3484P Medical Education, PGDip - 1 Year Part-Time
  • 3486P Medical Education, PGDip – Part-Time Accelerated
  • 3510P Medical Education, PGDip  (e-Learning mode)
  • 3127P Medical Education, PGCert – Part-Time
  • 3146P Medical Education, PGCert  (e-Learning mode)

There is no closing date for this course. If you are an international student you should apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Sarah Fletcher
Programme Coordinator 
School of Medical Education
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4522
Email: meded@ncl.ac.uk

Student profile

I have had the opportunity to get involved with lots of teaching which has been very enjoyable and also beneficial for my future career. The staff have been so supportive and accommodating, and I would recommend it to anyone interested.

Kattherine's student profile
Katherine R