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PGCert, PGDip and MSc in

Health Professions Education

Develop the skills and knowledge to deliver exceptional teaching, assessment, course design and educational research, so you can inspire and lead in your area of practice and ultimately improve health outcomes.

Course length 1 year full-time, 1-3 years part-time
Start date January or September 2024
Location Distance learning 100% online, or blended learning with a mix of online and face-to-face study days at the University of York
Health Professions Education students at at a study day


Book a one-to-one appointment with the Programme Director

We're delighted to be able to offer a number of online one-to-one appointments with the Director of our PGCert, PGDip and MSc in Health Professions Education, Dr Paul Crampton. If you have any questions about the programme, or would like to discuss your circumstances, please book your appointment now.

About the programme

At Hull York Medical School, we not only deliver exceptional education, but also teach others to do so too – using the latest pedagogical evidence-based practice. If you are as passionate as we are about delivering high quality education, then your journey starts here.

Hull York Medical School trains doctors and healthcare professionals of the future – equipping them with the skills and knowledge to meet the demands of a modern-day health service. We are innovators in medical education, pioneering approaches such as problem-based learning, clinical reasoning and situational judgement tests.

Our Health Professions Education programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to deliver exceptional teaching, assessment, course design and educational research, so you can inspire and lead in your area of practice and ultimately improve health outcomes. The programme is open to those from across the healthcare professions, so whether you are working in nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, medicine or any other relevant profession, we can help you take the next steps to enhance your teaching.

We offer three routes – a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc – all of which are flexible and designed to fit around your busy work schedule and home life. Former students have come to the programme from a wide range of healthcare professions, both clinical and non-clinical.

Accredited by the Advance HE, you will be able to apply for Fellowship upon completion of the Certificate and completing a reflective portfolio, a status recognised by professional bodies as reaching international standards to deliver high quality education, with the right to use the post-nominal letters FHEA. Obtaining FHEA is highly recommended for those looking to work in the education sector.

In recognition of the excellent standards of teaching, assessment, research and scholarship provided on the programme, our Certificate is accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) – the multi professional body which sets the standards for clinical teachers in the UK. We have AccreditedPlus status; this higher level is awarded to courses where candidates typically complete a course over at least a year and are on a path to become career educators.

Upon successful completion of the Certificate, students can apply for membership of the Academy (MAcadMEd), signifying that they have met the Academy’s Professional Standards for educators in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. Obtaining MAcadMed is highly recommended for those looking to work in senior education roles within the clinical workplace.

Teaching is delivered by experienced clinical and non-clinical academics and researchers from our Health Professions Education Unit (HPEU), a research group dedicated to advancing health professions education. Our faculty include Professor Tim Swanwick who is the editor for the highly acclaimed core textbook ‘Understanding medical education’. We extend knowledge boundaries on workforce research, recruitment, selection and widening access, workplace-based learning, curriculum development, professionalism and assessment to enhance practice and understanding.

Flexible study options

Students who wish to study at a distance or with a mix of online and onsite face-to-face contact will find our distance and blended programmes ideal. These programmes mean that you can work and study at any time of day and thus have maximum flexibility. We regularly teach students from across the UK and worldwide including Mexico, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Japan and more.

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Study routes

Certificate (PGCert)

The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) allows you to develop an understanding of the key principles of learning, teaching, assessment and professional practice, which relate to clinical education. The Certificate covers large and small groups teaching, session design and delivery and reflective practice.

Credits: 60 credits over three 20-credit modules
Study length: Part-time, one year
Start date: January or September
Online, self-directed learning and assessment: Up to 200 hours per module
Face-to-face (blended learning option): 8 hours per module (1 day)

Diploma (PGDip)

In the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), you can explore aspects of leadership and management and contemporary practices in education, supporting you to deliver quality health professions education in your clinical and teaching practice. Diploma modules are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills upon which you can continue to build your own career, and build the foundations for a successful MSc dissertation project.

Credits: 120 credits over six 20-credit modules
Study length: Part-time, one year
Start date: January or September
Online, self-directed learning and assessment: Up to 200 hours per module
Face-to-face (blended learning option):
8 hours per module (1 day)

Masters (MSc)

In the Masters (MSc) programme, you will undertake a high-quality research project in health professions education, relevant to you own discipline and research interests. Our Masters programme has an excellent record of publishing work in research journals. You will have a dedicated supervisor who is research active and will guide you through your research journey.

You can also choose to do the MSc by thesis (research), and if you are interested in this option, you can arrange this by contacting the Programme Director at

Credits: 180 credits over six 20-credit modules plus 60-credit dissertation
Study length: Full-time: 1 year, part-time: 3 years
Start date: January or September
Research and dissertation preparation: 600 hours per academic year

Course content


The Postgraduate Certificate consists of three modules (60 credits, part-time 1 year); the Postgraduate Diploma consists of six modules (120 credits, part-time 2 years); and the MSc programme (180 credits, part-time 3 years) consists of six modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


An ideal option for intercalation

We welcome applications from Medicine students to intercalate on our Masters level programme, to be completed in one year.

The programme uniquely enables intercalating students to gain an excellent understanding of education and research principles at an early career stage, which can facilitate and shape future clinical academic careers, as well as those aspiring to senior educational leadership positions.

Intercalating at Hull York
Health Professions Education students
Medicine students on a hospital ward at Hull Royal Infirmary
UV anatomical body painting

Teaching and assessment

How is the programme assessed?

Certificate and Diploma

The modules are assessed using a range of approaches, please see each module for details. The assessments include written assignments and online activities. You will also map your learning to the UK Professional Standards Framework through a reflective journal.


Your assessment consists of a literature review, or a major research project (dissertation) covering a subject of interest to you. The Masters programme has a strong record of publishable work.

Lisa Flynn


A significant portion of my role involves the education of pre-registration allied health professionals, where I help to facilitate their transition from university to clinical practice. The programme has really helped me to develop the skills and knowledge I need to design and deliver teaching, complete assessments, and facilitate educational research, leadership and placements for students.
Practice Learning Facilitator for Therapies, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Lisa Flynn

About the programme

Career prospects

Teaching experience and the associated skills and knowledge you will develop on this programme are increasingly in demand by employers.

Many of our graduates from the Certificate go on to study the Diploma and Masters programmes, and forge exciting careers as educators, leaders, researchers, practitioners and clinicians. Previous alumni now hold senior roles such as Dean, Head of School, Education leads, Senior Lecturer and more. We hope their stories will inspire you to take this next step on your career path. The programme is also an excellent stepping-stone for pursuing a PhD/MD in health professions education or clinical academic career in the field.


Published dissertations

Students studying the MSc in Health Professions Education are very much part of our research community, and experience much of their learning through research and inquiry. This leads to our students producing high quality research for their dissertation, which we encourage and support them to publish in academic journals and conferences.

A selection of their publications include:

Bray, L., Meznikova, K., Crampton, P., & Johnson, T. (2022). Sustainable healthcare education: A systematic review of the evidence and barriers to inclusion. Medical Teacher, 1-10.

Wilkinson, C., Finn, G., & Crampton, P. (2022). Responsibility with a Safety Net: Exploring the Medical Student to Junior Doctor Transition During COVID-19. Medical Science Educator, 32(1), 121-129.

Morgan, L. J., Finn, G. M., & Tiffin, P. A. (2021). Are efforts to recruit to psychiatry closing the stable door after the horse has bolted? Knowledge and attitudes towards a career in psychiatry amongst secondary (high) school students: a UK-based cross-sectional survey. Journal of Mental Health, 1-8.

Boland, J. W., Brown, M. E., Duenas, A., Finn, G. M., & Gibbins, J. (2020). How effective is undergraduate palliative care teaching for medical students? A systematic literature review. BMJ open, 10(9), e036458.


Entry requirements

Part-time Certificate: Applicants to the Certificate must hold a relevant undergraduate degree or its equivalent and have access to an appropriate level of teaching activity (we recommend around 18 hours which should ideally consist of a few separate events) during the year of the programme. Academic waivers may be possible in exceptional circumstances.

Part-time Diploma or Masters: Applicants who have completed the certificate and/or diploma modules elsewhere and wish to progress to the Diploma or MSc may apply for transfer of credit. Applicants without an existing qualification can, in exceptional circumstances, apply for credit for experiential learning.

Full-time Masters: Applicants to the full-time MSc must hold a relevant undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Students must have access to an appropriate level of teaching activity (we recommend around 18 hours which should ideally consist of a few separate events) during the year of the programme. Applicants to the full time MSc must ensure they have sufficient protected time in order to commit to studying the full programme (180 credits) in one year, evidenced in the personal statement.

Intercalating medical students must have successfully completed a minimum of three years of an MB BS or comparable medical qualification.

Please note that this programme is not eligible for CAS student visa for international students.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must have one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components
  • LangCert B2 Communicator High Pass (minimum score 33/50)
  • WASSCE: C5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

UK (Home) and International (including EU)

The fee per stage is £4,240 (stage 1 - Certificate; stage 2 - Diploma; and stage 3 - Masters).

Fees listed are for 2024 entry; fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation as fees are reviewed on an annual basis and may change.

Reduced tuition fees

We are delighted to support the professional development of the Hull York Medical School community – our staff, alumni and partners – by offering reduced fees for our MSc Health Professions Education Programme.

The reduced fees are outlined below:

50% reduction in tuition fees

This is applicable to contracted or seconded members of Hull York Medical School staff with substantive teaching and leadership role in the delivery of our curricula (for example Problem Based Learning Tutors, Associate Directors of Clinical Studies, or Directors of Clinical Studies).

20% reduction in tuition fees

This is applicable to employees of our University partners, NHS partner organisations, and primary care and community partners including our community of honorary clinical tutors in the NHS, Clinical Teaching Fellows and our MB BS Medicine and Physician Associate alumni. Please visit our partners web page for details of our partners.

The fees for part time study are for the current year only, fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.


There are a number of funding options available to help with costs and support your postgraduate study. To apply for funding, you will need to hold an offer to study at Hull York Medical School.


How to apply

To apply, please submit an online application on the University of York website.

You don’t need to complete your application all at once; you can start it, save it and finish it later.

Apply for the PGCert in Health Professions Education

Apply for the PGDip in Health Professions Education

Apply for the MSc in Health Professions Education

Closing dates

Applications for September 2024 entry close on 30 June 2024.

Applications for January 2024 entry close on 1 November 2023.

Early applications are encouraged as there are a limited number of spaces on the programme.