Entry requirements

The programme is designed for graduate (or equivalent) health professionals preparing for, or currently engaged in, clinical teaching. Entry routes will be flexible and designed to recognise appropriate prior experience and introductory courses. Please contact the School for detailed information and to check whether your own experience and professional development is appropriate for entry.

PGCert, PGDip, MA

Months of entry

January, November, October, June, April, February

Course content

Many clinical health professionals are involved in teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students and increased recruitment to the NHS produces even greater demands for teachers. There is a need for greater professionalism and accountability as clinical teachers and this course is designed to meet this need by providing a sound theoretical and practical basis for good teaching practice. It complements the established Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Programme at Keele by emphasising small group teaching in clinical settings and education for clinical competence.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education is accredited by the Higher Education Academy. The programme is aligned with Standard Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education and successful completion of the programme entitles participants to recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Students from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health should look at course content for details and then apply via the Keele University and Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health Postgraduate Course in Medical Education link above.

The overall aim of the course is to improve the quality and effectiveness of clinical teaching and medical education through:

  • Understanding and fostering a learner-centred approach
  • Relating this to the requirements of professional education for clinical competence
  • Developing practical, generic skills in teaching and assessment, underpinned by an understanding of educational theory
  • Promoting reflective practice in education and clinical practice, using work-based assignments and a portfolio
  • Promoting evidence-based education

The programme’s aims and values embody those of the Higher Education Academy and will develop participants’ understanding of the HEA areas of learning and teaching activity, core knowledge and adherence to the professional values.

Contact Details - Education Administrators:

Postgraduate Award:

(FSRH) Mrs Rachel Parkin : Telephone 01782 734936 - Email: r.e.parkin@keele.ac.uk

Postgraduate Certificate:

Mrs Sophie Gibbons: Telephone 01782 734933 - Email: s.gibbons@keele.ac.uk

Postgraduate Diploma/Masters:

Mrs Pam Stone : Telephone 01782 734937 - Email: p.stone@keele.ac.uk

Information for international students

Not applicable

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
Not applicable

Postgraduate Bursaries & Scholarships

The Keele Graduate Bursary (Keele Graduates Only)

A discount of £1,000 is available on some taught postgraduate course tuition fees for all UK/EU students who have graduated either from a first degree programme, or the Certificate in Counselling at Keele.

For further information about our postgraduate bursaries and scholarships for UK and EU students, contact student.services@keele.ac.uk

The Keele Graduate Scholarship (Open to All)

We will award a tuition fee discount of £500 to students who attain first class honours in their first undergraduate degree and come to Keele to study a taught postgraduate course to at least postgraduate diploma level.

Please note that PGCE and MA Social Work are not included in this award.

Payment will be made pro rata for postgraduate study.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months


24 months


part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment15
Dissertation60 (15,000-18,000 words)

Course contact details

Mrs Pam Stone
+44 (0)1782 734937