These programmes will help health professionals develop their teaching skills in studying for a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or MSc. These programmes emphasise practical application of educational methods and theory, along with the development of reflective, evidence-based practice.

There is a positive, student-centred approach to teaching and learning. Interactive small-group teaching and the flexible, friendly support received by learners are among the many strengths of the programmes, as well as the networking and contacts enjoyed by students in their future careers.

The 60-credit certificate can be completed in one or two years part-time. Following completion of the certificate, the 60-credit diploma can be achieved over one or two years part-time. On completion of 120 credits, progression to the 60-credit MSc dissertation is allowed.

Alternatively, all 180 credits can be attained through the campus-based programme, studying full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

Programme structure

There are three mandatory 20-credit units for the postgraduate certificate plus three 20-credit units for the diploma. To achieve the MSc, you will need to submit a 15,000-word dissertation/thesis.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our online:

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant degree including (but not limited to) medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy, biological sciences, psychology and social sciences, or a relevant professional qualification with at least two years' full-time (or equivalent part-time) professional experience.

Applicants should demonstrate interest in clinical teaching through work experience, volunteering or research. Applicants must be able to access teaching opportunities within their current role.

For entry to the Postgraduate Diploma award, applicants must have successfully completed the Health Professionals Education (or TLHP) Postgraduate Certificate, or an equivalent qualification from another institution.

For entry to the MSc Modular award, applicants must have successfully completed both the Health Professionals Education (or TLHP) Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate, or equivalent qualifications from another institution.

We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following:

  • evidence of significant, relevant work experience;
  • a relevant postgraduate qualification.

If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Go to admissions statement

If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£13,500 per year
UK: part-time (two years)
£6,750 per year
Overseas: full-time
£37,300 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2024/25

Some funding may be available through NHS employers or the clinical academies linked with the University of Bristol Medical School.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

These qualifications will prepare you for roles in health professions education, supporting students in the health professions or those in training grades.

Many educators in the health professions have had a clinical career or continue to balance a clinical and academic/teaching career as clinical academics. Others are practitioners who use their qualification to enhance their personal practice as educators, or to take leading roles in education and training in postgraduate and undergraduate settings.