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
PGDip - part time (e-Learning): 12-24 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.

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)

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 2019 entry

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 2020 entry will be available from the end of May 2020.

Fees & Funding

2019-2020 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 2020 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 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.

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.


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.


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