About the course
This new and potentially ground breaking postgraduate course in Managing Medical Careers at the KSS Deanery is the first of its kind in the UK. It is designed to meet the professional development needs of all levels of staff who are providing careers assistance to medical students and trainee doctors. This course is specifically aimed at enhancing the skills of those who are working in the context of medical education and is not positioning itself to offer a generic training in career support.
It is structured for part-time study in the context of relevant practice within the NHS.
The course is open to clinicians and other colleagues, such as senior medical and nursing staff, medical education professionals and human resources managers. All applicants will be involved with, or show proven interest in, this process of enabling students and trainee doctors to access and explore career possibilities within the NHS.
The course aims to augment participants knowledge, understanding and good practice when offering careers guidance in three separate, but interconnected, environments:
- providing impartial and focused one-to-one advice to medical students and trainee doctors at points of transition
- running group sessions on career choice, employability and career management
- promoting career management and career development skills within the NHS workplace at a time of major organisational change.
It will enhance participants professional development as well as enabling them to better support those in medical education and training.
Individual offers may vary.
For non-native speakers of English:
IELTS 7.0 overall, or equivalent.
Degree and/or experience:
Applicants will usually hold a first degree and provide evidence of undertaking recent study. Non-graduate entry is available to those with substantial relevant background or experience who can satisfactorily demonstrate their ability to participate in and profit from study at masters level.
The course starts in January and lasts one year. Each of the three modules involves five days contact time. The two days at the beginning and end of each module will be classroom based and will take place at the Kent Surrey and Sussex Deanery, Bermondsey St, London SE1. In every case, the middle day's study will use a managed virtual learning environment (studentcentral) as the basis for discussion, research and action learning.
In addition, course members will be expected to read core texts and other material as preparation for classroom and online sessions.
Areas of study
Typical subjects which will be examined in the three modules are:
- introduction to theoretical and practical models for understanding, evaluating and delivering effective career support in a medical education environment
- introduction to theoretical and practical techniques for providing constructive career support through group learning in medical education
- understanding the key current developments within medical education, the NHS and individual Trusts. Examining approaches to career management and change management in these contexts.
Assignments reflect the needs of participants own organisation and the work they are doing in this context, whilst allowing them to research and evaluate new strategies and theories in all three of the areas covered. For instance Module 2 requires students to facilitate a relevant group session with medical students/trainees.
There are no optional modules but assignments, lectures, discussions and web-based learning allow participants to explore issues relevant to their own workplace and professional development, while at the same time exposing them to new ideas and methods of working
The emphasis is on professional practice, skills and experience and how participants can advance these through additional insights, reflection, action learning, discussion, and collaboration with other professionals.
Working With Individual Students and Doctors in Training
Working With Groups of Medical Students and Doctors in Training
Working Within an Organisation
The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2013-14. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.
The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.
What's included in the fee?
When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.
You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.
Our website www.brighton.ac.uk/money provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.
MA PGCert PGDip (PGCert PGDip) Managing Medical Careers
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Course members will be in a prime position to take up any posts involving medical careers education, guidance and support. The certificate will furnish them with the background to propose and initiate new projects, schemes and programmes relating to career management and organisational change, and to effectively manage and maximise their own career patterns, pathways, ambitions and prospects.
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