Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Leadership

The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Leadership is a joint programme delivered by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Edge Hill University, designed to develop the leadership knowledge and skills of senior registrars and new consultants at a key point in their career.

The course has been developed alongside current medical leaders, who deliver sessions within the programme that offer an insight into their personal career paths and leadership experiences.

Programme overview

The certificate is a part-time, taught programme which can be completed in 12 months, and will be delivered at Edge Hill University in the North West of England.

This programme is designed for medical professionals preparing to take on greater leadership responsibility within their organisations. In particular, the programme focuses on developing self-awareness as a leader as well as how to plan, implement and evaluate leadership of organisational change. Specifically, participants will:

  • use a range of psychometric and other feedback tools to develop insight into themselves as a leader
  • develop an in-depth understanding of different approaches to leadership
  • learn how to apply leadership skills in the workplace
  • conduct small-scale change projects in order to improve the quality of care
  • be able to evaluate small-scale organisational leadership projects.

Course details

This part-time course comprises three modules, each of which consists of three face-to-face days as well as an online component. Participants commence with Module 1, except those participants who have already completed the first module as part of the Mersey Deanery Medical Leadership programme, who will begin with Module 2.

Module 1 – Medical Leadership

This module will examine the importance of the personal attributes of a leader, including emotional intelligence and personality type, using psychometric tools such as the officially licensed Emotional Intelligence Test and the Jungian Type Indicator (JTI). Participants will have the opportunity to analyse and reflect on their personal effectiveness against Covey’s seven effectiveness domains and will use Belbin’s team roles as a way of understanding their own, and others’, contributions to team meetings.

Module 2 – Planning and managing change for medical leaders

This module will examine and explore change theory and methodology, supported through the use of exemplars from practice. Participants will have the opportunity to study the application of theory to real-life issues in the development of a proposal for change within their own clinical setting.

Module 3 – Implementing change in practice for medical leaders

This module will examine the way leaders can evaluate the success of their organisational change projects. Participants will have the opportunity to explore various approaches to the measurement of change, including quantitative and qualitative approaches to measurement. Participants will also be supported in the implementation of their own personal organisational change project through action learning sets held during the face-to-face component of the course.


The application deadline is on Monday 5 December 2016. Early applications are encouraged.

All applications are made directly to Edge Hill University. To apply, please complete the application form (guidance notes available) on the Edge Hill website.

For any questions regarding your application please contact Lynda Carey on +44 (0)1695 657 398 or via

Entry requirements

This programme is exclusively for qualified doctors holding an MBBS or equivalent at a minimum grade of ST3 for specialty trainees. Staff grade and associate specialist (SAS) doctors and GPs are also welcome to attend. For those applications with IELTS, scores of 7.5 overall with no individual element less than 7.0 are considered.

Fees 2016/17

Course fees are £2,500 and are made payable to Edge Hill University, who allow students to pay in instalments.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start?

The start date for the course is January 2017.

What financial support is available?

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view the Money Matters 2015/16 guide:

How will the course be assessed?

The course is assessed through written coursework assignments, a portfolio, project proposals, evaluation reports and a reflective commentary. All participants will be allocated a personal tutor during each module of the programme.

Am I able to use this Postgraduate Certificate as prior learning to study a Postgraduate Diploma at another university?

If you wish to continue with a Postgraduate Diploma at another institution, please contact them directly for their regulations around credit for prior learning.