Taught course

Education for Health Professionals

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

Candidates shall be required: To have a degree from an approved university or to hold diplomas or other qualifications judged satisfactory for this purpose and have relevant experience; or to have five years relevant professional experience and an appropriate educational background. The School may admit candidates with other qualifications and experience deemed suitable for entry to this programme of study.

Months of entry


Course content

This suite of three year-long part-time programmes is for all health professionals involved in the education and training of undergraduates and postgraduates. Each year is self-contained and a qualification is obtained after each year: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PG Cert) in year one, Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in year two; and, Masters (MEd) in year three.

PGCert (Year 1)

There are two separate one-year part-time Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) courses.

One is a partnership between the Centre for Research in Medical and Dental Education (CRMDE) in the School of Education and the West Midlands Workforce Deanery. Each module is team-taught by a clinician and an educational expert.

The other is a partnership between CRMDE and the Medical School with team teaching from both. Preference is given to Education Fellows involved in the education of undergraduates, but everyone involved in education of health professionals is welcome to apply.

There are five teaching days on each of the three modules below:

  • Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals
  • Assessment for Health Professionals
  • Developing and Sustaining a Curriculum for Health Professionals

PGDip (Year 2)

Successful completion of an additional three modules part-time over one year, leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Education for Health Professionals.Your research skills and theoretical understanding will develop through engaging with literature, then designing and undertaking a small project focused on an educational topic of your choice.

There are five days of teaching on the two modules below

  • Reviewing Education for Health Professionals – What’s out there?
  • Researching Education for Health Professionals

In addition, there is a third module which is research based

  • Project in Education for Health Professionals

MEd (Year 3)

The PGDip can be extended to a Masters (MEd) qualification by completing a 15,000-word dissertation based on an educational research project of your choice.

  • Dissertation

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days. Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at www.international.bham.ac.uk/scholarships

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


part time
24 months


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005