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As our population grows, we don’t just need expert clinicians. We need world-class educators to secure the sustainability and growth of our workforce enabling us to provide effective care for future generations.

Created in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the PG Cert in Medical and Health Education will give you a rare opportunity to focus on teaching in your professional development and play a crucial role in educating the practitioners of tomorrow.

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Course overview

Our flexible PG Cert is delivered exclusively online to enhance your practice and broaden your professional expertise while you work.

Through extensive online materials, as well as opportunities for peer discussion and tutorials from our world-class experts, we’ll support you to deliver transformative and future-focused teaching and learning in your discipline.

Our multi-professional approach to teaching, combined with the application of professional practice and medical research, will give you a platform to lead in this rapidly evolving field.

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You will learn how to:

  • Apply evidence and theoretical principles to your individual teaching practice;
  • Work with peers across disciplines to compare experiences and evaluate how different approaches can enhance learning;
  • Reflect on your practice, and what is needed to effectively contribute to teaching and learning in various settings;
  • Consider the influence of meaningful assessment on learning.
Interprofessional learning

Benefit from working alongside colleagues from diverse disciplines, through the experience of peers and the expertise of teaching professionals.

Targeted teaching

The content of our course units is directly related to clinical and healthcare teaching and assessment, with a focus on real-life scenarios and topical issues.

Collaborative design

This course has been designed in collaboration with an expert team of academics and clinicians from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

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Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all experienced clinicians, including medical doctors, dentists, nurses and all other allied health professionals involved in teaching, learning or assessment in the workplace, whether formal or informal.

Where will it take me?

You’ll build the professional confidence and the recognition to effectively facilitate teaching and learning within a variety of settings.

As a recognised postgraduate qualification, this PGCert reflects the teaching competencies set out by relevant professional bodies, giving you a unique opportunity to broaden your role and apply your educational know-how in the workplace.

Course units


The Reflective Educator

  • Study the theory that underpins effective practice in teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation
  • Analyse your role as an educator and reflect on developments in your discipline
  • Develop innovative approaches to learning opportunities, curriculum and learning tools


The Art and Science of Teaching

  • Understand the principles of curriculum design and course development
  • Consider appropriate teaching to enhance learning
  • Explore curriculum in terms of interprofessional education, leadership, mentoring and professionalism


Pass or Fail, Who Decides?

  • Explore current assessment practices within the context of your discipline
  • Consider how assessment fits into the broader remit of evaluation and quality assurance
  • Understand the impact and value of feedback

These units may be taken as standalone 20-credit CPD units, or taken together to make up a PGCert qualification.

Year of entry: 2021

Degree awarded
Postgraduate Certificate/CPD
12 months, part-time
Entry requirements
We require you to hold either:
  • a primary medical degree or other registered health care/social work professional qualification
  • an Upper Second class degree (or overseas equivalent) in a subject allied to medical or health education, such as biosciences, psychology or physician associate studies.

Non-standard applicants who have significant relevant professional experience may be considered on an individual basis by the Course Director.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit our application form.

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Your application can only be considered when the application form is complete and your supporting documentation has been received.

  • Application form
  • At least one reference (an official reference form will be sent to your referees when we receive your application)
  • Degree certificate and transcripts/Professional qualification documents (with an official English translation if the original is not in English)
  • A copy of your CV
  • A personal statement (maximum 500 words)
  • English language score report (if applicable) or alternative evidence to demonstrate your English language competency

For support and advice, please contact our dedicated Course Advisor: Lisa Meyer


Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Telephone +44 (0)7584 640790


Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course overview

The aim of the PGCert In Medical and Health Education is to develop and support educators and healthcare professionals in their delivery of teaching and learning in diverse discipline areas (e.g. allied health professions, medicine, nursing, social care, science and technology).

Open days

We hold regular online virtual open days and webinars. To find out more, contact

You can also hear from recent students on my they chose this PG Certificate in Medical and Health Education

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £4,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £4,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


Alumni discount

If you have previously graduated from The University of Manchester, you can receive a 5% discount on your course fees.

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Course Advisor, Lisa Meyer
+44 (0)7584 640790
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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