• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    1 Year


Today's health professionals must keep up-to-date with technology, personalised care and ever-shifting policies and budgets. 

If you're keen to deliver ongoing training and development for your colleagues, this programme will open doors for your career.

100% Online
Our online PgCert Health Professions Education programme is designed for professionals working in clinical roles who are looking for a teaching, management or research-based career in health education. 

The models of teaching and assessment on this programme are taught by our world-class faculty who follow standards set by the General Medical Council.

Learn from the experts
Run by the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing, one of the largest, most prestigious medical schools in Europe, you would be studying at the heart of a unique network for contemporary medical thinking. 

Academic research even informs the strategies of NHS Education Scotland and other regulatory bodies. 

This helps turn our discoveries into beneficial clinical practices for students to utilise.

Using practical, collaborative peer exercises, we will help you to develop the confidence and specialist skills you need.


On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Debate principles behind learning and teaching and the nature of knowledge and evidence
  • Evaluate and apply appropriate theories, practices, assessment strategies and curriculum models
  • Appraise the impact of technology-enhanced learning and teaching on education
  • Identify the drivers for particular curricula and evaluate their influence
  • Explore the impact of policy on health care education development
  • Critically assess governance mechanisms in health professions education
  • Engage in critical debate on the principles and philosophy of, and evidence base for, various approaches to learning and teaching
  • Apply core principles and current theories of learning and teaching to the design of a range of learning opportunities and teaching activities
  • Critically evaluate a range of assessment strategies, detailing purpose, advantages and disadvantages
  • Select appropriate assessment strategies and tools to assess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of health professionals
  • Evaluate approaches and models for developing a curriculum, including their relevance to a health professions context
  • Critically evaluate governance mechanisms in health professions education
  • Debate the nature of knowledge and evidence in the context of a social science such as health professions education


This programme is ideal if you are an ambitious health professional seeking an influential role in the management and delivery of education. 

 It will also provide an ideal grounding for those who decide to pursue doctoral research in health professions education.

Recent graduates have furthered their careers as:

  • Doctors (mainly clinical)
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Nurses
  • Anaesthetists
  • General practitioners (GPs)
  • Family medicine practitioners


There are three compulsory courses which will take 1 - 2 years on a part-time basis. For details on full-time options request more information to speak to an admissions representative.

Throughout each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work. Details of these assignments are found in your induction.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • MED5386Assessment in Health Professions20 Credits

    You will learn about various forms of assessment and will be able to select those most appropriate to measure acquisition or application of knowledge, skills and/or attitudes relevant to a health professions context. You will also learn about governance issues in relation to assessment, including standard-setting, grading and quality assurance measures.

  • MED5392Learning in Health Professions20 Credits

    You will identify and critique various theories of learning, and apply these theories to the design of learning in a health professions context. You’ll also identify and apply ways to enhance learning for yourself and for your students.

  • MED5397Teaching in Health Professions20 Credits

    Explore various teaching methods and examine the evidence base for their effectiveness. You will critique the appropriateness of these methods for facilitating the acquisition and application of knowledge, skills and attitudes required by health professionals. You’ll also design novel teaching activities to implement in your professional context, while evaluating your own teaching practice to identify areas for enhancement.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. A medical, dental, or nursing degree from an institution recognised by the University Court; or a recognised degree from another appropriate health profession; ideally be employed in a relevant professional context.
  2. Applications will also be considered from individuals with other relevant degree qualifications (such as a BSc in a biomedical science), who are, or aspire to be, employed in the education of health professionals.
  3. If your first language is not English, you must have a valid IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band or an equivalent English language qualification. For more information visit our FAQs page, or contact your recruitment coordinator to discuss your credentials and English language requirements.

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for this programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree.
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained.
  • Official or certified English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s).
  • One reference letter on headed paper.
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English).
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (if detailed above).
  • Up to date Curriculum Vitae and a supporting statement.

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
2 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Key Dates International

Application Deadline
Start Date
2 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £5,000*
  • International: £5,000*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only. 

How much does the programme cost?

Part-time fees 1,667 per 20 credits

Fees for NHS-funded students:

939 per 20 credits (Total: 2,817)

Can I get help to fund my studies?
You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

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