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PGCert Teaching and Learning in Biology, Medicine and Health at The University of Manchester
PGCert Teaching and Learning in Biology, Medicine and Health Sciences

Develop teaching and assessment skills to educate future generations of professionals in biology, medicine, health and social care.

PGCert Teaching and Learning in Biology, Medicine and Health Sciences

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
Postgraduate Certificate
Duration
1 year FT, 2 years PT
Entry requirements

We require an Upper Second degree or overseas equivalent, or registration as a healthcare practitioner with a national council. Significant relevant experience may be considered where the academic qualification falls below an Upper Second class degree.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
20 places
How to apply

You should complete our online application form to apply for this course. See the Advice to applicants section for details of the supporting documents we require with your form.

Applications for the PGCert as part of our 4 Year International PhD should be made via the PhD process .

Applications will remain open until the beginning of the next academic year. However, we reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCert Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Learn and develop skills in educating and developing the next generation of healthcare workers.
  • Exchange ideas and best practice with other healthcare professionals working in a range of areas thanks to our unique multidisciplinary learning environment.
  • Explore the challenges of and differences within teaching and assessment across all disciplines, supporting your continuing professional development.

Open days

You can find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting us on one of the University's open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCert (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,900

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L). The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a PGCert, 45 credits to a PGDip and 60 credits to an MSc.

If your AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and then the administrative charge is applied.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an Upper Second degree or overseas equivalent, or registration as a healthcare practitioner with a national council. Significant relevant experience may be considered where the academic qualification falls below an Upper Second class degree.

English language

International applicants from non-majority English speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. A list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found  here .

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS - IELTS to 6.5 overall, 6 in writing
  • TOEFL - 109 overall with no less than 25 in each component

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

You should complete our online application form to apply for this course. See the Advice to applicants section for details of the supporting documents we require with your form.

Applications for the PGCert as part of our 4 Year International PhD should be made via the PhD process .

Applications will remain open until the beginning of the next academic year. However, we reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Your application form should include:
  • two references (academic or healthcare professional) on letter-headed paper, signed and dated within six months of the application submission date. References emailed directly from a referee's academic email address will also be accepted. Professional references can be provided if you have been out of university for more than five years prior to applying and the work undertaken is in a field related to the course. We do not contact referees directly, so please inform them yourself;
  • copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English);
  • copies of official university transcripts (with translations if not in English);
  • a CV;
  • a scanned copy of your passport (if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK)
  • proof of English language proficiency (if required).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, using all information provided.

Returning to education

We welcome applications from individuals returning to education.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Contact the PGT office at pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk  or telephone +44 (0)161 275 5220.

Policy for applicants who take their examinations in more than one sitting

Contact the PGT office at pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk  or telephone +44 (0)161 275 5220.

Re-applications

Contact the PGT office at pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk  or telephone +44 (0)161 275 5220.

Course details

Course description

Our blended learning PGCert Teaching and Learning in Biology, Medicine and Health course will give you the skills and knowledge to become a world-class educator in biology, medicine and healthcare.

You will develop the skills you need to educate future professionals who will go on to meet the health and social care needs of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Inter-professional learning is central to the ethos of the course and provides the added value of learning alongside colleagues from other disciplines. You will benefit from the wisdom and experience of your peers, as well as the expertise offered by healthcare teaching professionals.

You can take this PGCert on its own or as part of our 4 Year International PhD .

Teaching and learning

Each unit will use a blended learning approach, with a number of face-to-face teaching sessions, pre-sessional tasks and flip teaching.

Online learning will take place via the Blackboard platform.

Coursework and assessment

There will be formative and summative assessments for each unit. Throughout the course, you will be asked to complete a reflective learning log.

Course unit details

Introduction to Reflective Teaching and Learning Practice

The course unit aims to:

  • introduce you to current theoretical concepts in teaching and learning, encouraging you to apply the theory to your own teaching practice;
  • encourage you to engage in reflective practice as an educator;
  • prepare you for observed teaching practice;
  • introduce you to higher education principles that apply to developments in your discipline area.

Evidence-based Teaching and Learning

The course unit aims to:

  • critically explore the relationship between teaching and learning theories and your own teaching practice;plan for effective teaching and learning;
  • critically assess the utility of a variety of teaching methods;
  • explore the issues around incorporating diversity and equality into teaching;
  • develop your awareness of learning technologies and their potential for appropriate teaching and learning.

Curriculum Development and Teaching Methodology

The course unit aims to:

  • critically analyse a range of teaching and learning methods;
  • improve your understanding of the appropriate teaching methods to enhance learning within healthcare settings;
  • assess the issues in inter-professional, education, mentoring and professionalism;
  • provide you with an understanding of the principles of curriculum design and course development.

Assessment and Feedback

The course unit aims to:

  • introduce assessment within the context of teaching within higher education;
  • evaluate a range of relevant literature on assessment in biology, medicine and health;
  • critically evaluate current practices of assessment;
  • improve your understanding of how assessment fits into the broader remit of evaluation and quality assurance;
  • provide you with an understanding of the impact and value of giving feedback.

Delivering Teaching and Facilitating Learning in Practice

This course unit aims to:

  • enable you to develop the skills necessary to support the teaching learning and assessment of healthcare students as part of an effective, supportive and dynamic learning process;
  • empower you to critically analyse your role as a teacher and assessor of healthcare students in theory and clinical practice;
  • develop creative, innovative approaches to supporting, assessing and managing the learning process;
  • ensure you become a critically reflective educator able to deliver effective, robust, innovative and dynamic educational events, units of learning and educational curricula as part of a period of educational teaching practice.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Reflective Teaching and Learning Practice MEDN67081 15 Mandatory
Evidence-based Teaching & Learning MEDN67082 15 Mandatory
Delivering Teaching and Facilitating Learning in Practice MEDN67090 30 Mandatory
Curriculum Development and Teaching Methodology MEDN67091 15 Mandatory
Assessment and Feedback MEDN67092 15 Mandatory

Facilities

Manchester has a range of facilities for students on our postgraduate taught courses.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

CPD opportunities

Individual units can be made available for CPD. Please contact us for further information.

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