The PGCert (MedEd) was launched by the PGIM in 2008 with the aim of equipping health professionals with the basic expertise in knowledge, skills and attitudes required of a medical teacher. The programme was designed to suit those involved in delivering undergraduate or postgraduate medical education and other fields of healthcare delivery. It is meant to enable participants to design, deliver and evaluate effective educational programmes for health professionals.

In 2012, the course curriculum was modified and 3 new course units added to align the programme with the staff development programme recommended by the UGC for induction of probationary lecturers in the state universities of Sri Lanka. In October 2013, the UGC accredited the extended PGCert (MedEd) course as a suitable induction programme for probationary lecturers in Faculties of Medicine, Dental Sciences and Allied Health Sciences.

The current revisions take into consideration the requirements stipulated in the updated Sri Lanka Qualifications Framework for award of a postgraduate certificate, as well as advances in the field of Medical Education.

The PGCert (MedEd) is placed at Level 7 of the Sri Lanka Qualifications Framework (SLQF). It will provide participants with an overview of key issues in medical education and will enhance the participants’ understanding of choice of curricula and teaching/learning and assessment methods relevant to the learning environment of their institution. The extended PGCert (MedEd) will provide participants with an overview of the university system in Sri Lanka, and enhance their capacity to function within the university system.

To be eligible to apply for the PGCert (MedEd), applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a medical degree registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council
  2. Complete an internship recognized by the Sri Lanka Medical Council
  3. Complete one-year work experience in Sri Lanka after internship


  1. Be a teacher in a Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or Allied Health Sciences, or hold an equivalent post in an institution training healthcare professional, with a degree equivalent to SLQF 6 or above

Applicants must also comply with any other PGIM general regulations relevant to selection of trainees.

Please refer to the relevant prospectus for the most up to date information. The prospectus of a particular programme contains official information pertaining to a programme approved by the Board of Management, University Senate and the University Grants Commission

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