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Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research, Education and Leadership

University of Cambridge

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Who is the course designed for?

The Postgraduate Certificate is part of the Clinical Medicine Programme, a suite of part-time courses designed to enhance the specialist skills of senior healthcare professionals in training and broaden their understanding in healthcare education, research, leadership and management.

The programme has been developed by Cambridge University Health Partners, the academic health sciences centre, in conjunction with the School of Clinical Medicine and the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.

It is expected that further subspecialties will be available in future and will form a broad panel of routes for training in subspecialty clinical medicine.

Aims of the programme

  • Provide professionally relevant teaching and learning informed by research in an integrated clinical and teaching environment.
  • Create an international cohort of consultants, GPs and dentists able to pursue and develop their roles in a rapidly-changing and challenging environment of clinical medicine
  • Develop the confidence within this cohort to lead service improvement for safe and high quality patient care, with the required knowledge, skills and capability to have a positive personal impact on the work of others in their clinical team and wider service
  • Develop clinicians with an understanding of teaching, professional development and assessment in the field of clinical medicine
  • Develop clinicians with an understanding of research methodologies and ethical considerations relevant to clinical medicine
  • Encourage participants to develop as reflective practitioners with the emotional intelligence, resilience and astuteness required to be effective clinical leaders
  • Encourage a commitment to intellectual challenge and evidence-based clinical practice informed by the latest conceptual and theoretical knowledge of medical education, research methods, ethics and clinical leadership and governance


Students are assessed formatively throughout the course using a variety of techniques and interrelated strategies including evidence of regular reflection. Demonstration of active participation in the programme will be required. There may also be a requirement for the students to take part in peer review of other students.

Students will be required to submit :

  • two assignments for summative assessment, each 3,000 words or equivalent;
  • a Quality Improvement Project (QIP) including a presentation, poster and written element.

Application deadline

31 May 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 7,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Cambridge

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  • Campus address

    University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1TN, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    2nd out of 81 3

    7th out of 35 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    185 93%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    81 81%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    217 89%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    99 99%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.91 78%



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