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Medical Education students at the University of Manchester

Medical Education (MSc)

This course offers training for clinicians who want to develop skills in medical teaching.

Medical Education Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Course overview

Many clinicians teach in some form, whether it is on wards, in clinics or through other teaching opportunities with undergraduate students and/or trainees.

However, few have had the opportunity for professional development in teaching – which is where our Medical Education MSc comes in.

Our course places a strong emphasis upon professional practice and is suitable if you are a doctor who has a teaching role that brings you into contact with students at either undergraduate or postgraduate level.

You will cover areas such as practical teaching skills, the planning and delivery of educational experiences, and academic skills such as literature review and research.

You will also have the opportunity to become a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy).

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
Medical Education (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)
MSc - 3 yrs PT, PGDip - 2 yrs PT, PGCert - 1 yr PT
Entry requirements

Applicants should be a qualified doctor or dentist and possess a degree or equivalent qualification in a biological/medical discipline, or in a related field of study, from a recognised University. You must have a strong interest in medical education and be actively involved in teaching medical students and/or trainees.

Specific details about these should be provided in their application letter. Applicants should be registered with the GMC or GDC and in active clinical practice in the UK.

Applicants must select the PGCert, PGDip or MSc when applying. Should you subsequently wish to transfer from PGCert to PGDip, or from PGDip to MSc, once you have started the programme, this can be accommodated, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Full entry requirements

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+44 (0)161 275 5220
How to apply

We recommend you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment as places can fill quickly. There are a limited number of places available and we reserve the right to close applications when the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. Please contact if you have any problems


Your application form must have the following documents:

  • Two academic/professional references on letter headed paper, signed and dated within 6 months of your application. Unfortunately we cannot request references from your referees on your behalf
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English)
  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English)
  • Personal statement of approximately 250-500 words about the reasons for your interest in this course;
  • Curriculum vitae including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, GMC registration and visa status for overseas doctors
  • Proof of English Language proficiency (if appropriate)

Supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form, or can be sent directly to

Your application cannot be considered until all your supporting documents are supplied.

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The world of medical education has presented many new challenges in the last ten years, and continues to do so. Most clinicians engage in some form of teaching, whether on wards, in clinics or through other teaching opportunities with undergraduate students and/or trainees. However, few of them have had the opportunity for professional development in teaching.

This part time course seeks to aid the development of those medical educators. It combines study days, workplace based assessments, research skills training and teaching practice. The course has a strong emphasis upon professional practice and is designed for those who have teaching roles that bring them into contact with students. It is suitable for those doctors new to medical education and training, as well as those with experience.

Manchester is one of the leading centres in medical education and has a national and international reputation for high quality research in the field.

The course team are experienced in education, medical and healthcare. Programme Directors are Dr Don Bradley and Dr Leena Patel.

This course will appeal to doctors who actively contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate education and/or training. Participants enrolling on the course include:

  • Consultants from hospitals and NHS trusts
  • Doctors in training in hospitals, general practices and community settings
  • Doctors with leadership roles in teaching and learning
  • GP trainers


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 £3,600; Year 2 £3,600; Year 3 £1,800
    International students (per annum): Year 1 £3,600; Year 2 £3,600; Year 3 £1,800
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,600
    International students (per annum): £3,600
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 £3,600; Year 2 £3,600;
    International students (per annum): Year 1 £3,600; Year 2 £3,600;

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 AP(E)L `Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning'. The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a Certificate, 45 credits to a Diploma and 60 credits to an MSc.

If an 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.