Medical students

MEd: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time*
PG Diploma: 10 months part-time

*All part-time students must register for the PG Diploma in the first instance

Start date: October 2017
LocationSt Mary's

This course is open for applications for 2017 entry. Although this course will remain open until it is filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 August 2017.

These programmes use intensive face-to-face teaching, discussion and academic work to challenge and develop your thinking and practice as a surgical educator. Educational themes tailored to the unique features of surgical practice are explored throughout.

About the course


There is increasing emphasis across surgical specialties on sound education, assessment and appraisal, and a growing recognition that education is key to safe clinical practice and effective professional development. 

Surgery with its professional emphasis on craft, performance and teamwork presents unique opportunities and challenges to educators and trainers.

The MEd and PG Diploma in Surgical Education programmes aim to challenge your thinking and develop your practice as a surgical educator. Successful completion of the programmes will develop your theoretical and practical understanding of surgical education and the judgment needed to innovate in this important and growing field.  

The face-to-face nature of the course enables active discussion with peers and tutors and fosters a collaborative community atmosphere in which to develop your educational interests.

These programmes are of interest to those involved with the education of students and trainees in interventional and surgical specialties.  Although we expect participants to bring relevant experience of medicine, surgery, and training in the workplace, we make few assumptions of prior knowledge in the field of education.

The MEd programme has streams available in Simulation, Technology Enhanced Learning, and Engagement.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

The MEd qualification consists of eight modules (Modules 1–8), completed in full or part-time study mode. Full-time study mode is only suitable for students taking a year away from employment.

The PG Diploma consists of Modules 1–7, is available in part-time study mode only, and takes ten months of sustained and intensive study from October to July.  

The programmes are based upon five intensive and one-week long taught modules with further private study for module preparation, coursework and assessment. The modules consist of: 

  • Module 1 – Policy and context of surgical education
  • Module 2 – Introduction to learning and teaching
  • Module 3 – Introduction to assessment and appraisal
  • Module 4 – Introduction to simulation and technology enhanced learning
  • Module 5 – Theory and practice of learning, teaching and assessment

Modules 1–5 typically have coursework during the module that is carried out in small groups. Modules are assessed by varying forms of extended writing.  

  • Module 6a/b – Surgical Education Specialty Stream and Design Project

This module provides an opportunity for students to study an area of interest (e.g. simulation, engagement) at greater depth. The module includes individual study, face-to-face teaching and assessment in the form of a supervised design project. 

  • Module 7 – Reflection for Surgical Education Project

Those students either progressing from the PG Diploma to the MEd, or taking the MEd in full-time study mode, also will complete:

  • Module 8a/b – Research methods (8a) and educational research project (8b)

For more detailed module content, visit the Department of Surgery and Cancer website.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 UK Honours degree in a science, engineering, computing, healthcare or education subject plus basic computing experience. Normally three years' relevant healthcare experience and/or relevant teaching/education development and research experience is also required. 

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying for then please contact the Medicine admissions team: or +44 (0)20 7594 7259

Additional requirements

Normally three years’ relevant experience in a healthcare field and/or relevant teaching/education development and research experience are necessary to take full advantage of this challenging programme.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:
  • PG Dip: £8,000
  • MEd: £10,000 full-time
  • MEd: £5,000* per year part-time

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • PG Dip: £24,500
  • MEd: £30,600
  • MEd: £15,300* per year part-time

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

For more detailed information, visit the Department of Surgery and Cancer website.

See the full range of Faculty of Medicine Master's courses.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2017. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.