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Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education

University of Cambridge

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

he Postgraduate Diploma is aimed at doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals involved in supporting the learning and development of students and/or more junior colleagues. This includes those working in primary /secondary/ community care settings, at all levels from Foundation Year 2 onwards. The programme is only open to those who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.

Applicants may wish to continue onto the linked Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education which provides a further 60 credits at FHEQ Level 7.

Aims of the programme

The programme aims to develop individuals able to adopt an informed and critically reflective stance to their own and others practice as medical educators and leaders. This will include: consideration of strategies to create and sustain safe working and learning environments, including supporting and developing faculty to deliver high quality education and training; the features of high quality formative and summative assessment practices and how these are used to assess performance and support the development of students and trainees (including differentiation of performance and supporting trainees who are failing to progress); a focus on curriculum and course design at two levels i.e. firstly, to enable an informed critique of adopted curriculum, their limits and potentials and secondly to familiarise participants with core curriculum design skills.

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.

Tuition fees

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£ 6,000per 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

    1st out of 84 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    172 83%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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