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Medical Education

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Medical Education

Key facts


Part-time: 1 year

Eligible applicants: UK, EU

Location: University of Brighton Falmer campus

Course Leader: Dr Jim Price >

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This course is jointly validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. 

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Further information about this course can be found in the Course Application Handbook.

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Key areas of study

  • Professional identity as a teacher
  • Learning and teaching in medical education
  • Pedagogical practice in medical education
  • Advanced communication skills and strategies in medical education
  • Medical education research

Course overview

The course aims to promote knowledge of learning and teaching theories in a medical and health context and to facilitate a reflective awareness of the student’s own teaching and learning practice, ensuring that the teacher is also a learner.

Students gain an overview of medical education theory and practice in a supportive environment, which helps to develop confidence in teaching. The course has been designed using an interprofessional framework and participants are encouraged to share their teaching experiences and to transcend professional barriers in their learning.

The Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) has fully accredited the course and successful completion now entitles participants to Membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (MAcadMEd). This qualification allows all holders to use the MAcadMEd post nominals, and is specifically recognised by the GMC. For further information visit the AoME website

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"The PGCert was both informatiive and interactive, with an amazing selection of speakers. The page and style of teaching suited me well, and the course allowed me to explore certain key areas such as interprofessional education. the timetables sessions were easy to attend, and I felt completely supported during my journey through this course. It's definitely worthwhile for anyone with an interest in medical educaton!"

Menaka Jegatheesan (PGCert graduate)


"Although I have been teaching in postgraduate medicine for some five years, the Medical Education course was an eye-opener for me. I learnt new teaching, learning and communcation theories and feel I have further enhanced my skills as an educator. I thoroughly enjoyed the course." 

Dr Muzaffar A Malik (Senior Lecturer, BSMS)

Career opportunities

This course provides health professionals with a firm base and accredited professional standards to underpin their role as medical and clinical educators.

Entry requirements

The PGCert course is open to post-registration doctors, nurses, midwives and other health practitioners who contribute to the education of medical students and/or doctors. A first degree is not essential but evidence of ability to study at Masters level and a current teaching commitment are desirable.


For intercalating MSc medical students, successful completion of at least three years’ basic medical science at a UK medical school (having gained at least 360 credits) with a guaranteed place to continue medical studies on completion of the MSc.The course forms one of two validated routes for entry to the PGDip or MSc in Clinical Education, the other being via the PGCert in Simulation in Clinical Practice.

This course is only open to applications from UK/ EU/ Island residents. 

The deadline for applications is the end of July preceding the September commencement of the course.

Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2019-20. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  


UK/EU/Island £2,676


All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2019-20. 

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal.