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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education has been designed collaboratively by the University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education, and the University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine’s Clinical Deanery. The Postgraduate Diploma is a continuation of the Postgraduate Certificate and both are one-year, part-time Master’s-level programmes resulting in 60 FHEQ Level-7 credits each and the University of Cambridge award.


Teaching and assessment

The Postgraduate Diploma comprises three modules and combines face-to-face study days with on-line activity, study and assignments. There are 8 contact days in total.

Module 1: Curriculum and assessment: design and development

  • 11 October 2019
  • 8 November 2019
  • 29 November 2019

Module 2: Supporting workbased learning

  • 17 January 2020
  • 28 February 2020
  • 13 March 2020

Module 3: Developing practice and leading learning

  • 3 April 2020
  • 8 May 2020

The Postgraduate Diploma is not a distance learning course and attendance in Cambridge for the teaching sessions is compulsory. It is therefore essential that all applicants are available to attend all the teaching dates.

A virtual learning environment will support students’ learning throughout the programme.


There are three assessment points, one formative (first term) and two summative (second and third terms). The first summative assessment requires you to design an educational intervention or innovation that has the potential to improve the quality of clinical education or training in your own professional context (equivalent to 5000 words). The final summative assessment is a structured portfolio of educational practice that includes selected entries from the reflective blog you keep throughout the course and a critical review of a recent journal article selected because it has the potential to improve practice (equivalent to 5000 words). The formative assessment is based on peer review of your planned educational intervention and is designed to help you develop your ideas.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

01 Oct 2019 to 31 Jul 2020

Course duration

1 year

Apply by

31 May 2019

Course fee

Home: £4,000
Overseas: £6,000

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

120 credits at Master of Studies

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