This advanced medical training programme is designed exclusively for doctors wishing to develop research and evidence-based evaluation skills in clinical practice and leadership,as well as enhance their career opportunities.
Application status Open
Duration Full-time: one year; Part-time: two years
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value 60
Course leaders Professor Anne Greenough
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Course contact form Postgraduate admissions
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
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The course is designed to provide participants with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and practical issues surrounding medical care within the relevant medical field of choice. The postgraduate face–to-face specialty modules will cover the most up-to- date and novel aspects of clinical care and, by successfully completing one of them, you will gain an in depth understanding of innovative care for patients in the selected field of medical expertise.
The programme is available in eight different medical specialties:
The programme fosters the intellectual skills of participants through:
Critical assimilation and appraisal of the research literature pertaining to the medical specialty of choice.
Production of original pieces of written work that explain, review and evaluate primary research literature and using this evaluation to develop ideas and hypotheses.
Understanding research governance and demonstrate compliance with research regulations.
Understanding and applying scientific and clinical study design and statistical analysis principles.
Recognising the ethical issues of investigations and appreciating the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct.
Thinking critically about their own work/ research to input into the synthesis and design of future hypotheses and experiments.
Using subject knowledge and understanding to explore and solve familiar and unfamiliar problems.
Collecting, interpreting and analysing data with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts.
Understanding and development of clinical leadership skills through developing self- awareness: being aware of one’s own values, principles and assumptions and by being able to learn from experiences.
The course is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online lectures, seminars and group tutorials. Two out of the three compulsory modules, Research Skills and Clinical Leadership, are delivered fully online.
Participants will also be expected to undertake independent study.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Assessment methods will depend on the medical specialty and the modules selected (where more than one available).
Participants will be assessed through a combination of coursework, essays, oral presentations and written exams.
The primary method of assessment for this course is coursework and written exams, however, this may vary depending on the participant’s selection of the specialty module.
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.
Courses are divided into modules, and participants on this course take modules totalling 60 credits.
Participants are required to take:
In addition, depending on the medical specialty of choice, they are required to take a medical specialty module worth 30 credits.
– Paediatric Cardiology
– Neonatal Medicine
– Paediatric Respiratory & Allergy
– Paediatric Hepatology, Renal & Gastroenterology
– Paediatric Critical Care
– Paediatric Mental Health
Participants who select Haematology, next to the two compulsory online modules, will be required to complete face-to-face Clinical Haematology module.
Participants who select Women’s Health, next to the two compulsory online modules, will be required to complete face-to-face Fundamentals of Women’s and Children’s Health.
- Understanding Affective Disorders - Causes and Correlates of Affective Disorders - Challenges in Treating Affective Disorders
- Introduction to Addiction Science & Theory- Advanced Clinical Management of Addiction
– Cognitive Neuroscience
– Neural Stem Cells and Nervous System Repair
- Psychology and Psychopathology - Perinatal and Infant Mental Health - Psychological Approaches to Treatment
King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.
Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest candidates keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.
A Primary Medical Degree recognised by the General Medical Council of the UK, i.e. MBChB or MBBS.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.
You may be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
This programme is available in the following medical specialities:
Please outline in the first sentence of your personal statement which pathway you are intending to join.
We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.
January 2021 entry:
If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.
These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
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In addition to tuition fees, participants can also expect to pay for:
Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.
I have just completed the first year of my Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Paediatric Critical Care. I decided to undertake this during my FY3 year and I couldn’t have made a better choice. With only 1 in-person module it is the perfect course to fit in around a busy job. The module was delivered by experts in their fields and I gained a wide breadth of knowledge that has become invaluable to my day-to-day work. As doctors we know research is essential for our career however in many medical schools we receive minimal teaching. This PGC has helped me with the skills needed to successfully understand and critique research papers as well as with the process of writing my own. I would recommend the PGC to anyone who wishes to further their studies and needs to fit it in around a busy work or home life.
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