Medical Leadership, Education and Research MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

The Medical Leadership, Education and Research Skills course is about supporting you in your role and enabling you to achieve your potential. It will broaden your horizons and help you develop your career.

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Apply here for the Medical Leadership, Education and Research Skills programme

If you are experiencing problems with the online admissions portal, or would prefer to apply using a paper form, please download the attached form, returning the completed form to HLS Admissions by email (

Why study this course?

  • Support for developing a portfolio career
  • Ideal for stepping-up as a leader, educator or researcher 

The MSc in Medical Leadership, Education and Research is designed to put you, as a doctor, at the centre of shaping your career. It is a practical and supportive leadership course for doctors. A framework is provided which enables you to develop your own area of interest and supports you with implementing an improvement project, in addition to learning about teaching and research. It will enable you to become a more able clinician, more patient-centred and more able to influence service delivery for patient benefit.

*formerly known as the MSc in Medical Leadership and Advanced Professional Skills

  • Run in partnership with both Primary and Secondary Care Medics from Health Education England in the East Midlands
  • Creates a forum for discussion across medical specialties
  • Part-time and uses a mix of study days and distance-learning to enable you to work whilst studying
  • Flexible options to undertake a postgraduate certificate / diploma or MSc. Extensive tutor support and feedback on your assessments
  • Reciprocal arrangement with the Postgraduate Medical Education Certificate if you wish to qualify as a trainer


Attendance dates

All the study days are Wednesdays and are from 10am until 5pm. There are 7 attendance days in the first year, 7 in the second and 5 in the third.

There are two intakes in a year, February and September.

For more information and dates, please contact:

Gary Keil


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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: Part-time

2019/20: £2776 for 60 credits
2020/21: TBC

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

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Key facts for International students

Not available to international students.

Entry criteria

The course is open to all doctors who:

  • Are at least 2 years post-graduation
  • Are registered with the General Medical Council (evidence of medical degree and GMC registration will be required)


There are two main intakes a year in February and September. The order in which you study the modules depends on which intake you are in.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Industry links and professional accreditation


Course modules

The modules build up your skills in leadership, research, teaching and quality improvement in a blended manner as you develop and progress through the programme.

Leadership - personal development skills of mastery, reflection, time and stress management, vision, active listening, communication skills, leadership theory, strategy development, managing change and presentation skills.

Research - analytical thinking, literature searching, interviewing skills, critical appraisal of research papers, qualitative research and analysis skills, quantitative research and analysis skills, research ethics, research presentation skills, conducting a research project, writing for a dissertation and publication skills.

Teaching - developing your own PDP and portfolio, reflection, communication, learning theory, mentoring and educational assessment.

Service Improvement - communication and competency mapping, stakeholder and patient engagement, health policy, designing, evaluating and conducting a Quality Improvement project using QI tools. 

Teaching and assessment

The course is taught by a mix of attendance at the university and distance learning.

Attendance is required at six study days in year 1, five in year 2 and three in year 3. Students are also expected to commit to 6 hours a week self-study plus their 2 hours work time allocated for CPD a week, during semester times (2 x 18 week semesters per year).

Industry links and professional accreditation

Doctors who complete the PG Diploma in Medical Leadership, Education and Research maybe exempted from part of PG Certificate in Medical Education to qualify as a trainer.

Facilities and features

Advantage to NHS employers

This course was commissioned by Health Education England in the East Midlands as a means of supporting doctors and encouraging recruitment and retention in the region, although the minimal attendance at the University allows students to travel from a wider geographical area.

Using a practice-based approach, you will engage with your colleagues and patients and will be making increasingly larger improvements to service delivery using Quality Improvement techniques as you progress through the course.

The course is designed to benefit patients and NHS organisations in addition to your own personal and career development. 

How to apply

Please e-mail Gary Keil, We will then guide you through the following process:

a) Complete an online application

b) Obtain a reference from your line manager at work, in e-mail format from a work e-mail address, that states that your organization will support you in undertaking the course by allowing you study leave to attend the compulsory study days at the University (as specified above) and confirming that you are employed in a patient-facing role as a doctor.

c) Scan copies of your GMC registration details and all degree certificates

d) Provide details of how you will be funded - either a declaration that you are self-funding or confirmation from your employer that they will fund the course.

Please complete your on-line application form (a) as soon as possible as places are limited.

Please send the other documents (b, c and d) by e-mail to and clearly mark the subject of your e-mail as MedLER or MSc in Medical Leadership, Education and Research.

Contact details

For further information please contact:

Gary Keil


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As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >


Graduate careers

The specialist and learning skills you acquire are highly sought after in many different sectors of practice. Having an MSc is recognised by many employers as a stepping stone in career progression.


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