KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

Advanced Medical Training PG Cert

Apply now

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.

Key benefits

  • Participants can select one of eight different specialities, in which they will take half of their credits (alongside students on the MSc programmes in these areas): Addiction Studies, Affective Disorders, Children’s Health, Clinical Neuroscience, Development Psychology and Psychopathology, Haematology, Neuroscience and Women & Children's Health.
  • The programme is highly flexible: Both January and September starts are available; it can be completed full-time over one year or part-time over two years, and half of the modules (in Research Skills and Clinical Leadership) can be completed entirely online.
  • A number of buraries worth £1,000 are available, for which successful applicants to the programme will be automatically considered.
  • The clinical leadership module is delivered by King’s Business School, a leading management teaching institution in London, and our Partner NHS Trusts.
  • The teaching, delivered by internationally recognised researchers and clinicians, covers contemporary issues and is focused on translating research to improve clinical outcomes locally and globally.
  • Participants will have access to the latest leading cutting edge technologies housed across King’s Health Partners Foundation NHS hospitals.
  • The course will be beneficial to participants interested in developing a career in clinical trials, research and leadership.
  • The 60 credits gained on the programme can be used towards one of a number of MSc programmes in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine (including Addiction Studies MSc, Advanced Paediatrics MSc, Affective Disorders MSc, Clinical Neuroscience MSc, Developmental Psychology & Psychopathology MSc, Neuroscience MSc and Women & Children's Health MSc), subject to gaining admission and programme availability.

Key information

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

Further details

Course contact for further information

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Locations

 

Explore campuses


Welcome to King's

In the heart of London

Discover the advantages of studying at one of the top 25 universities in the world and take a look at our central London campuses.

Watch more videos


Course detail

Description

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:

  • Addiction Studies
  • Affective Disorders
  • Children’s Health
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Development Psychology and Psychopathology
  • Haematology
  • Neuroscience
  • Women & Children's Health

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.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

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

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.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and participants on this course take modules totalling 60 credits.

 

Required Modules

Participants are required to take:

  • Research Skills (online, 15 credits)
  • Clinical leadership (online, 15 credits)

 

In addition, depending on the medical specialty of choice, they are required to take a medical specialty module worth 30 credits.

Optional Modules

 

  • Participants who select Children’s Health, next to the two compulsory online modules, will be able to choose one module from the following face-to-face medical specialty modules:

– 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.

  • Participants who select Clinical Neuroscience, next to the two compulsory modules, will be required to complete face-to-face Neurology in Clinical Practice.

 

  • Participants who select Affective Disorders next to the two compulsory online modules, will be able to choose one module from the following face-to-face medical specialty modules:

- Understanding Affective Disorders

- Causes and Correlates of Affective Disorders

- Challenges in Treating Affective Disorders

  • Participants who select Addiction Studies next to the two compulsory online modules, will be required to choose one module from the following face-to-face medical specialty modules: 

- Introduction to Addiction Science & Theory

- Advanced Clinical Management of Addiction 

  • Participants who select Neuroscience, next to the two compulsory online modules, will be able to choose one module from the following face-to-face medical speciality modules:

– Neurodegeneration

– Neuroimaging

– Cognitive Neuroscience

– Neural Stem Cells and Nervous System Repair

 

  • Participants who select Development Psychology and Psychopathology next to the two compulsory online modules, will be required to choose one module from the following face-to-face medical specialty modules:

- 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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Minimum requirements  

A Primary Medical Degree recognised by the General Medical Council of the UK, i.e. MBChB or MBBS.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

 

Application procedure

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.

 

Personal statement and supporting information

You may be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Personal Statement Yes

This programme is available in the following medical specialities:

  • Addiction Studies
  • Affective Disorders
  • Children’s Health
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Development Psychology and Psychopathology
  • Haematology
  • Neuroscience
  • Women & Children's Health

Please outline in the first sentence of your personal statement which pathway you are intending to join.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Optional  
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Application closing date

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:

  • The deadline for applications from non-EU (overseas) nationals is 23rd October 2020 
  • The deadline for applications from UK/EU nationals is 23rd November 2020

Help and support

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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £4,250 per academic year (2020/21) - PG Cert taken over one year
  • Full time overseas fees: £8,850 per academic year (2020/21) - PG Cert taken over one year
  • Part time Home fees: £2,125 per academic year (2020/21) - PG Cert taken over two years
  • Part time overseas fees: £4,425 per academic year (2020/21) - PG Cert taken over two years

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

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. 

For September entry

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

For January entry

  • If you receive an offer before September 2020, payment is due by 30 September 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 September 2020 and 30 September 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 October 2020 to 31 October 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 November 2020 and 30 November 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer in December 2020, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees, participants can also expect to pay for:

  • books if they choose to buy their own copies
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs.

 

Financial help and support

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.

Career prospects

The course will prepare qualified doctors for clinical leadership (i.e. Consultant positions) and further research in their medical specialty of choice.

Testimonials

Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

Next steps

Upcoming events

Full list of student events

View our postgraduate guide

Learn more about postgraduate degree programmes at King's.

View guide

Sound like the course for you?

Apply now

Explore King’s

Accommodation Take a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses. 
Student life Art, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricular Discover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London living With four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.