Medical Education MMedEd, PGDip, PGCert

Medical Education MMedEd, PGDip, PGCert

MMedEd - full time: 12 months, part time: 12-24 months, part time (e-Learning): 12-24 months
PGDip - part time: 12-24 months
PGDip Accelerated - part time: 12 months
PGDip - part time (e-Learning): 12 months
PGCert - part time: 12 months
PGCert - part time (e-Learning): 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.
Our e-learning courses are still being offered.
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, for example in response to COVID-19.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University study experience.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

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

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.

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.

The portal will be closed from 12.00 Friday 5 March to 09.00 on Tuesday 9 March (GMT) for essential planned system maintenance.

All existing application information will be available when the system reopens on Tuesday 9 March.

The following e-learning courses are still being offered:

  • 5866P Medical Education, MMedEd Part-Time (e-Learning mode)
  • 3510P Medical Education, PGDip Part-Time  (e-Learning mode)
  • 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