Medical Education MMedEd, PGDip, PGCert

Medical Education MMedEd, PGDip, PGCert

MMedEd Full-Time (e-Learning mode) 12 months
MMedEd Part-Time (e-Learning mode) 12-24 months
MMedEd Part-Time (accelerated) (e-Learning mode) 12 months
PGDip Part-Time (e-Learning mode) 12 months
PGDip Part-Time (e-Learning mode) 24 months
PGDip Part-Time (accelerated) (e-Learning mode) 12 months
PGCert Part-Time (e-Learning mode) 12 months


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.

Face-to-face course suspension

We have made the decision not to resume a full face-to-face delivery for the next academic year (2021-22).

The suspension of our face-to-face courses is because of the ongoing uncertainty due to COVID 19. We have made this early decision so that both you and the Programme Team can plan effectively.

Suspension of applications - e-Learning mode

All e-Learning course applications for the next academic year (2021-22) are now at full capacity. Any applications received will now be placed on a waiting list.
For more information, please feel free to email the Programme Director, Dr Richard Price


Your programme during COVID-19

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

About this course

The course 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)

Student blogs

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

A MMedEd student talks about their experience on the course
Andrew, a part-time MMedEd graduate reflects on his study experience
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.

Katherine's student profile
Katherine R

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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

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

The fees displayed here are per year.

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

All students

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

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 level
  • 60 credits for students studying the PGDip or 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: 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 for further information.

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

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Applications for 2022/23

You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

We have suspended applications for all our e-learning courses for 2021 entry as we are now at full capacity. Any applications received will now be placed on a waiting list. 

  • 5445F Medical Education, MMedEd Full-Time (e-Learning mode) 
  • 5866P Medical Education, MMedEd Part-Time (e-Learning mode)
  • 5446P Medical Education, MMedEd Part-Time (1 year accelerated) (e-Learning mode) 
  • 3510P Medical Education, PGDip Part-Time (e-Learning mode) 
  • 3530P Medical Education, PGDip Part-Time (2 years) (e-Learning mode) 
  • 3531P Medical Education, PGDip Part-Time (1 year accelerated) (e-Learning mode) 

We will no longer be able to consider applications for our PGCert for 2021 entry as our waiting list is now full.

  • 3146P Medical Education, PGCert Part-Time  (e-Learning mode) 

The following face-to-face courses have been suspended for 2021 entry:

  • 5861F Medical Education, MMedEd – Full-Time
  • 5861P Medical Education, MMedEd – Part-Time
  • 5860P Medical Education, MMedEd - Part-Time Accelerated 
  • 3485P Medical Education, PGDip - 2 Year Part-Time
  • 3484P Medical Education, PGDip - 1 Year Part-Time
  • 3486P Medical Education, PGDip – Part-Time Accelerated
  • 3127P Medical Education, PGCert – Part-Time

Closing date

The course starts in September. Early application is recommended as places normally fill before the start date. You also need to ensure that you apply in time to be registered on the course before the start date.

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.


If you are an international student or a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you need a visa to study in the UK, 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 with us. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.


Face-to-face course option contact:

Sarah McVittie-Mathews 
Programme Coordinator 
School of Medical Education
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4522

E-learning course option contact:

Ruth Pickering & Clare Aitchison
Programme Coordinators 
School of Medical Education
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4819