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Medical Education MMedEd, PGDip, PGCert

Gain a global perspective as a medical education practitioner at a School of Medicine that has been training medical professionals since 1834.

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  • September 2024
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Medical education is at the centre of all medical training around the world. As a medical educator, you will be training, motivating, and engaging the next generation of medical professionals in your area of expertise. Our team will help you to draw on your existing experiences. This will help you to excel in your educational practice.

At Newcastle University, we take students from all backgrounds in medical education, not just doctors. Students have joined us from disciplines including:

  • nursing
  • dentistry
  • pharmacy
  • podiatry
  • veterinary sciences

You’ll be part of a global community, with students joining us from all over the world. This adds to the shared experiences and global outlook of our graduates. You’ll study with a broad range of peers, from intercalating medical students to senior clinical staff. These perspectives allow our students to develop their values and skills as part of their learning experience.

Our course is tailored for the working professional. You can start with a PG Cert and build up to a full master’s on a schedule that suits you. Our flexible programme allows you to fit your learning around your commitments. There is no need to relocate to Newcastle upon Tyne as the programmes are fully distance learning.

The Medical Education programme is part of the School of Medicine at Newcastle University. This means our expert teaching team are integrated in undergraduate medical teaching and postgraduate physician associate teaching. Our Faculty of Medical Sciences practices interdisciplinary learning. This means you will benefit from expertise in other areas, including our Dental School.

We deliver a modern curriculum. We make sure regular changes, reflect current issues in Medical Education. This ensures appropriate content within our programme to support you in your career. We engage at a national level with professional organisations. This allows us to make sure our programme continues to be relevant for our students. These include:

  • The Associate for the Study of Medical Education
  • The Academy of Medical Education
  • Advance HE


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What you'll learn

You'll learn the fundamentals of ‘how to teach’. More importantly, we give you the knowledge and skills to manage unusual educational situations. We do this by introducing you to the literature on ‘how we learn’. If you understand more of how your learners learn in a particular scenario, it becomes easier to teach them.


MMedEd – Postgraduate Masters (full-time)

This qualification is awarded if you successfully complete six 20-credit taught modules plus a 60-credit dissertation module (180 credits). If you do not complete all the modules you can exit with:

  • a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) if you successfully complete three 20-credit taught modules, including the core module for the PGCert (Teaching and Learning in the Classroom)
  • a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) if you successfully complete six 20-credit taught modules

MMedEd – Postgraduate Masters (part-time)

This qualification is awarded if you successfully complete the PGDip (120 credits) plus one 60-credit dissertation module.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) (part-time)
A PGDip is awarded if you successfully complete the Certificate plus three 20-credit taught modules (120 credits).

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) (part-time)
A PGCert is awarded if you successfully complete three 20-credit taught modules (60 credits).


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

Upon completion you'll be able to:

  • use theories and principles of medical education to inform your own practice and others'
  • show advanced knowledge in specific areas of professional relevance. This is for diploma and master's
  • justify the decisions made when designing methods for investigating medical education. This applies to master's
  • relate educational issues in clinical practice to a wider educational context
  • appraise theory, ‘evidence’ and empirical data, as well as your own practice
  • take a strategic approach to your own identified educational needs
  • plan to address these needs
  • engage in academic debate about educational research and educational practice. This is for diploma and master’s
  • contest and contribute to the body of knowledge about medical education. This is for master's
  • design and deliver educational interventions
  • select the most appropriate educational strategies or methods for specified contexts

Your future

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

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