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Health Professions Education PGDip

Health Professions Education PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Health Education Nursing

Course type


Course Summary

In the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), you will explore aspects of leadership and management and contemporary practices in education, supporting you to deliver quality health professions education in your clinical and teaching practice. Diploma modules are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills upon which you can continue to build your own academic studies or career. Our Health Professions Education programmes are designed for professionals from all health backgrounds who are interesting in teaching, assessment, course design and educational research, including but limited to: medicine, dentistry, nursing, midwifery, radiography, physiotherapy, pharmacy or other health professions included ward and GP practice managers. This course is designed to fit in around busy work schedules and home life. Taught by subject experts, you will have access to a wealth of online resources, and also have the option of face-to-face study days where you can meet the tutors and your fellow students. Accredited by the Higher Education Academy, you will be able to apply for membership upon completion of the Certificate.

You can choose to study either distance learning which is 100% online or blended learning which includes one face-to-face study day per module. We also offer module options, giving our students even more flexibility. A range of teaching and learning activities will be used in the delivery of this programme, these include: Self-directed learning; Small groups; One-to-one mentoring; Online learning e.g. discussion board & quizzes; Formative and summative feedback; Self-assessment activities.

Teaching experience and the associated skills and knowledge you will develop on this programme are increasingly in demand by employers. Our Certificate is accredited by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), meaning that on successfully completing the Certificate you can apply for recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy – a status recognised by professional bodies as an indicator of teaching scholarship. Many of our graduates from the Certificate go on to study the Diploma and Masters programmes, and forge exciting careers as educators, researchers, practitioners and clinicians. We hope their stories will inspire you to take this next step on your career path.

Different course options

Study mode



3 years

Start date



This module will provide you with the tools and framework to reconsider the ideologies, theories and concepts underpinning current clinical teaching to develop a more explicit approach to the teaching of clinical reasoning in health professions education. You will learn how to examine critically the key discourses and ideologies shaping clinical reasoning teaching and learning, and develop innovative, approaches to teaching in this area based on best practice and current evidence.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants who have completed the certificate and/ or diploma modules elsewhere and wish to progress to the Diploma or MSc may apply for transfer of credit. Applicants without an existing qualification can, in exceptional circumstances, apply for credit for experiential learning. Students considering intercalating on the full-time MSc in Health Professions Education must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of three years on their undergraduate degree. Intercalating students will be offered peer teaching opportunities to help them meet the programme outcomes. We welcome intercalating students from other institutions. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of proficiency in English Language with an IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic test, with minimum score of 6.0 in all four language competences (listening, reading, speaking and writing).