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Medical Education PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Health Care / Medicine Teaching / Training Health Education

Course type


Course Summary

This 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 and use medical education theories and principles to inform educational practice.

Different course options

Part time | Newcastle University | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Part time


12 months

Start date



The focus for this module is the principles, theories and practices around programme design. Within this module, rather than conceptualising teaching as units of activity (see ?Teaching and Learning in the Classroom?), the focus is on planning sequenced educational interventions delivered over time. Students will be introduced to the essential elements of programme design and related curricula theory. Whilst formative evaluation and assessment are covered in ?Teaching and Learning in the Classroom?, this module will focus on summative procedures, and accepted doctrine (such as competency-based assessment) will be critiqued.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£2,600 per year for 2018/19 entry. There is slight increase in fees for 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£6,000 per year for 2018/19 entry. There is slight increase in fees for 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have an undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, in a healthcare profession or relevant discipline. 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. 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.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more

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