Study this programme anywhere in the world and receive a fully accredited University of London degree

Gender Identity Healthcare

PGDip and PGCert

Available to study anywhere in the world

The PGCert and PGDip in Gender Identity Healthcare Practice aims to enable participants to develop an in-depth, evidence-based  understanding of gender dysphoria and healthcare for trans and gender-diverse patients, and the spectrum of clinical care. The application of learning in work-based settings will enable effective and reflective care for patients before, during and after their time within specialist transgender health services and deliver a positive patient experience through evidence-informed practice.

As a graduate of this suite of programmes you will be able to gain the skills and knowledge you need to gain recognition for training or expertise in the area of gender identity healthcare in adults.

Programme details

Programme structure, modules and specification

What must you complete?

Postgraduate Certificate in Gender Identity Healthcare Practice:

  • Three online 15 credit modules;
  • One 15 credit Practicum.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Identity Healthcare Practice:

  • Four online 15 credit modules;
  • One 15 credit Practicum;
  • One 45 credit Practicum.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Theoretical Foundations for Gender Identity Healthcare:

  • Four online 15 credit modules.

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Key dates

February 2022 intake
Application deadline 24 January 2022
Registration deadline 07 February 2022
Session starts 21 February 2022

How you study

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources including:

  • The Student Guide provides information which is common to all students and gives useful information about your relationship with the University of London through to graduation. 
  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers online learning support, access to the student café and discussion areas, past examination papers and other study materials.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Study materials

All essential resources, activities, videos, discussions and support are provided through the VLE. This allows you to fit your studies around your work commitments. There is no need to purchase additional textbooks.

Student Support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre - provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus - a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.

Time commitment

The flexible approach to learning allows students to complete the awards in the time periods as follows:

Award Minimum Maximum
Postgraduate Diploma Two years Five years
Postgraduate Certificate One year Four years
Individual modules One study session Two study sessions


The two practicums are delivered by work-based learning in specialist, approved gender identity healthcare settings and the participants are supported and assessed by clinical educators in these settings with support from the RCP programme team.


See the Programme Regulations for details of the assessment elements for these awards.

Entry requirements

PG Certificate in Certificate Theoretical Foundations for Gender Identity Healthcare or Individual Courses (excluding practicum)

All applicants are considered on an individual basis by the Royal College of Physicians.You must normally:

  • be in a relevant professional or academic position for adult gender identity healthcare
  • be of good standing in your profession if working in a registered profession
  • have evidence of an undergraduate degree or acceptable equivalent.

PG Certificate / PG Diploma in Gender Identity Healthcare Practice or Individual Courses (including practicum)

All applicants to these programmes must be statutorily regulated healthcare professionals, registered and in good standing with their professional body.

Applicants must have evidence of an undergraduate degree or acceptable equivalent.

Participants registering on the PGCert or PGDip in Gender Identity Healthcare Practice must also be working in, or be able to complete their practical assignments in, an approved clinical setting in the UK and must be registered healthcare professionals of good standing and working independently.

If you are unsure what this statement means, see the Skills for Health website [PDF external website] for more guidance about levels, generally this will be above grade 6 or you can contact the Royal College of Physicians.

Entry to the practicum modules requires the applicant to be employed at an approved NHS gender identity clinic for adults (UK). Find a list of approved centres here:

The employment must be within the time period the practicum models are to be completed.

If you work for a UK NHS or HSC body, the organisation you work for will receive indemnity through a clinical negligence scheme as detailed below:

If you are enrolled on a practicum placement module and are not employed by a UK NHS gender identity clinic for adults then you need to arrange personal indemnity insurance which covers the term of the practicum. Evidence of this needs to be presented during the application process.

For the September 2020 intake, overseas students are eligible to study towards the PG Certificate in Theoretical Foundations in Gender Identity Healthcare or individual online modules. Overseas students are not eligible to enrol on the practicum modules. This is under continuous review and we expect to be able to offer this option in future enrolment periods.

U.K. applicants must be registered with one of the following approved U.K. statutory bodies as follows:

  • General Medical Council (GMC).
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Overseas applicants’ registration and standing will be considered on an individual basis.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.

More about computer requirements

English Language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: at least 7 overall, with 6.5 in the written test.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above).
  • (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language with an overall score of 95 or above, including a minimum of 24 attained on the reading and writing skills sub-tests and a minimum of 25 attained on the speaking sub-test and 22 attained on the listening sub-test.
  • Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 130.


The fees below relate to the 2021-2022 session. They may increase by up to 5% per year. 

Indicative Totals 2021-2022
PGDip Gender Identity Healthcare Practice 5660
PGCert Gender Identity Healthcare Practice 3600
PGCert Theoretical Foundations for Gender Identity Healthcare 4115
Pay per module/practicum 2021-2022
Module fee 1030
Practicum 1 515
Practicum 2 1030
Individual modules (standalone, excluding Practicums) 2021-2022
Individual module fee 1030
Individual module resit fee 515

The indicative totals reflect average annual fee increases and assume that you complete the qualification within the minimum time – without resits, and with no law courses (which require additional fees).

More about programme fees.

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams
  • Tuition costs if you study at a Recognised Teaching Centre.

How to pay your fees.

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

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Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees. (If in doubt, please check with them before making a payment.)

Further information about fee payment options can be found in the “How to pay your fees” link above.

Career opportunities

This credential will support clinicians to gain recognition for training or expertise in a particular area of practice, in this case gender identity healthcare in adults.

Academic leadership

The University of London has collaborated with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) to develop this programme, with the RCP responsible for providing academic direction and content. The programme is governed by the University of London, and the University of London is the awarding body for this programme.

Funding your study

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

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