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Distance without attendance | Preston Campus | 1 year | JAN-23

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Distance without attendance


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Medical Sciences Health Care / Medicine Teaching / Training Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Will you inspire and train the medics and healthcare professionals of the future? Our PGCert, Dip and MSc in Medical Education introduce the principles of teaching, learning and assessing others. Modules are studied through online learning (distance learning) which includes live, online, teaching and seminar sessions, self-directed tasks and tutorial support.

Designed for doctors and other healthcare professionals who are responsible for teaching, assessing and supporting students and trainees, both in educational institutions and in the workplace, the course will enhance your confidence and skills in medical education.

It offers a mix of theoretical and practical skills that build from basic to advanced levels. The emphasis will be on effective evidence-based education for practitioners who are committed to the provision of high-quality learning opportunities for their students, colleagues and patients. It focuses on developing competent, reflective, yet critical practitioners who, through study, practice and research, can contribute effectively to medical education in their healthcare context.

Our students include practitioners from a range of healthcare disciplines e.g., medicine, dentistry, nursing and paramedicine and together, you will explore ways of developing and delivering effective medical education, addressing challenges and investigating different approaches.

Why study with us

  • Much of the course content is delivered via the University’s eLearn system, which means you can prepare work ahead of the online teaching sessions and undertake additional work independently from home.
  • Our programme equips healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to build on their current educator experiences and explicitly enables use of these experiences within module assessments.
  • You can tailor your studies at Diploma, and your research at MSc, to suit your healthcare context, educator role and career aspirations using our wide range of option modules.

Future careers

On completion, you will be well placed to influence the role and the research of medical education in patient care at a local, regional and national level.

The PGCert offers a foundation in critical aspects of medical education: professionalism (and the teaching of it), educational theory and assessment practices. The assignments for each module are designed to enable students to reflect on their own practice and research topics in a targeted way. Therefore, you will be able to explore aspects of the subject area that are relevant to your own practice.

Within the PGDip and MSc there are opportunities to tailor your learning further, enabling an extended exploration into the topic areas relevant to your own career and practice. Students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.


This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop and apply research methodologies in a specific area of interest within the field of professional practice and help build your confidence in conducting independent research activities. To enrol for this module, first you must complete MB4066 - Research Methods for Clinical Practice, Education and Management.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least 2:2 degree in a medical or dental course or equivalent. Applicants must be actively engaged in medical or dental or healthcare practice.

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is an international, multi-campus university leading the way in contemporary postgraduate learning. A modern institution with nearly two centuries of educational heritage, UCLan was established in 1992 but can trace its roots all the way back to 1828. There are currently around 200 postgraduate courses on offer, designed to equip students with industry-ready skills and prepare them to excel in the...more

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