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Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education 2015

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The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education has been designed collaboratively by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine’s Clinical Deanery. The Postgraduate Certificate is a one-year, part-time Master’s-level programme resulting in 60 FHEQ Level-7 credits and the University of Cambridge award.

Who is the course designed for?

The Postgraduate Certificate is aimed at doctors and other professionals allied to medicine who have a teaching role and/or a role in training and appraising healthcare professionals. This includes doctors working in: primary care; secondary care at all levels from foundation year 2 to consultant grades; and other professionals allied to medicine that have a role in teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates. Hear what our current students have to say .

Aims of the programme

The programme is designed to provide practical solutions to teaching undergraduates or postgraduates as individuals, small groups and larger groups. It will look at the theory behind teaching in medical settings and how these apply in real life situations. It is also designed to provide help in developing skills in giving feedback, appraisal and assessment. Where possible the teaching will be adaptable so that it can help specific groups of teachers in their particular environment.

The programme is designed to meet recommendations of the GMC and Academy of Medical Educators. and aims to contribute to continuing professional development of doctors and allied professionals in an integrated clinical and teaching environment to stimulate more inter-professional education; and to develop a cohort of professionals who will pursue and develop their roles as teachers in the field of medical education. Students successfully completing the programme will have gained skills and knowledge to:

  • Ensure safe and effective patient care through training
  • Establish and maintain an environment for learning
  • Teach and assess learning and apply core theoretical principles to their own educational contexts
  • Support and monitor educational progress
  • Guide personal and professional development

Upon successful completion of the programme you may apply for membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME); you may also apply for Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Teaching and learning

Course structure and content

The Postgraduate Certificate comprises three modules providing a total of approximately 90 contact hours with additional between-module reflection, study and assignment work. The three modules are:

Core skills in medical education (confirmed teaching dates)

  • 18 September 2015
  • 19 September 2015
  • 23 October 2015
  • 4 December 2015

Applying teaching skills (confirmed teaching dates)

  • 29 January 2016
  • 4 March 2016 or 11 March 2016
  • 8 April 2016 or 14 April 2016

The role of assessment (confirmed teaching dates)

  • 6 May 2016
  • 7 May 2016
  • 3 June 2016

The postgraduate certificate is not a distance learning course and attendance in Cambridge for the teaching sessions is compulsory. It is therefore essential that all applicants are available to attend all the teaching events.

All teaching will take place at Madingley Hall from 9am to 6pm and accommdation can be booked subject to availability.

A virtual learning environment will support students’ learning throughout the programme.


You will be assessed throughout the three modules using a variety of techniques including evidence of regular reflection in reflective diaries. There will also be a requirement for you to take part in peer review of other students both as the observer and as the learner and

then to provide a written reflection on that process. There are two summative assessments in the form of a written assignment of between 4,500 and 5,500 words or the equivalent plus one formative assessment.

Entry requirements

If you wish to apply to join the programme you must:

  • Hold a qualification in one of the healthcare professions or another relevant qualification
  • Be a post-foundation-year doctor in primary, secondary or tertiary care or a professional allied to medicine who is involved in teaching students at undergraduate or postgraduate levels or who has a role in training and appraising healthcare professionals
  • Have had at least one year of experience as a teacher prior to starting the programme
  • Be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language; students whose first language is not English must be able to satisfy the requirement below

Language requirements

  • IELTS Academic: Overall band score of 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component)
  • CAE: Grade A
  • CPE: Grade A, B or C

Fees and funding

The fee for 2015 will be £3,500 per annum for Home/EU students and £7,000 per annum for overseas students.

Bursaries may be available for qualifications in medical education, some deaneries, for example the Health Education East of England. may offer bursaries for qualifications in medical education, and enquiries should be directed to the relevant Postgraduate Centre in your region. It is also worth investigating what funding is available from your employer if you teach regularly.

How to apply

We are now closed for applications for 2015-16 course.

Once you begin the application process you will have 7 days to complete it. Only fully completed applications will be considered and must include:

  • Copies of relevant qualification certificates and transcripts
  • Language proficiency if required
  • Contact details of two referees who will be contacted on your behalf

The application deadline is Friday 29 May 2015, but as we are likely to be oversubscribed with suitably qualified applicants, within a context of a balanced cohort, preference will be given in order of receipt of completed applications. Interviews will be offered to eligible candidates and provisional dates are 12 and 19 June 2015. Candidates will be informed of final decisions towards the end of July.

Graduate work in Cambridge is intense and very intellectually demanding and so the University has high academic entry requirements. You are normally expected to hold:

  • At least a 2i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university; and
  • Completion of, or release from, any current training or education course.


If you have any academic questions, please contact Dr Jeremy Webb: .

If you have any questions about the application process. contact our Admissions team:

For all other enquiries. please contact the Academic Programme Manager, Sue Brignell:


This course carries credit points under the nationally recognised Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). We offer a flexible, part-time route to academic qualification. For further details see the section ' Qualifications and awards '.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

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