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Medical Education

1 Year
September 2022
Distance Learning

Will you inspire and train the medics and healthcare professionals of the future? Our PGCert, Dip and MSc in Medical Education introduce the principles of teaching, learning and assessing others. Modules are studied through online learning (distance learning) which includes live, online, teaching and seminar sessions, self-directed tasks and tutorial support.

This programme is available as an online distance learning course, which provides high quality learning and teaching combined with flexible study. We also offer a blended mode which includes campus-based face-to-face teaching as well as self-directed learning and tutorial support (please speak to the course leaders to find out more).

Designed for healthcare professionals who are responsible for teaching, assessing and supporting students and trainees, both in educational institutions and in the workplace, the course will enhance your confidence and skills in medical education.

It offers a mix of theoretical and practical skills that build from basic to advanced levels. The emphasis will be on effective evidence-based education for practitioners who are committed to the provision of high-quality learning opportunities for their students and colleagues. It focuses on developing competent, reflective, yet critical practitioners who, through study, practice and research, can contribute effectively to medical education in their healthcare context.

Our students include educators from a range of healthcare disciplines e.g., medicine, dentistry, nursing and paramedicine. You will study with peers from across the healthcare sector, exploring ways of developing and delivering effective medical education, addressing challenges and investigating different approaches.

Why study with us

  • Much of the course content is delivered via the University’s eLearn system, which means you can prepare work ahead of the online teaching sessions and undertake additional work independently from home.
  • Our programme equips healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to build on their current educator experiences and explicitly enables use of these experiences within module assessments.
  • You can tailor your studies at Diploma, and your research at MSc, to suit your healthcare context, educator role and career aspirations using our wide range of option modules.

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What you'll do

  • You’ll have multiple opportunities to learn educational practices from experts in their fields and to explore insights offered by different healthcare sectors.
  • Study a flexible programme that allows several pathways through to MSc: formal healthcare education, educational research, educational assessment, work- and practice-based mentoring / preceptorship.
  • You will have close support and supervision at all stages of the course and benefit from multi-professional learning with the support of peers from a range of healthcare disciplines.


Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

The PGCert comprises 3 core modules that focus on the fundamental principles of healthcare education and allow you to apply evidence-based practice to your educator role. Modules cover teaching, learning and assessment in healthcare settings as well as considering how professionalism can be taught, developed and assessed.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

The PGDip comprises one compulsory module: Curriculum Design, and 2 additional modules that can be chosen from a suite of options modules to complete your PGDiploma. This allows you to tailor your learning pathway to suit career aspirations, healthcare context and educator role. You could continue to expand your knowledge of assessment, focus on specific strategies for coaching and mentoring, or branch out to explore educational research. You may choose to focus on workplace learning, and therefore choose a module that allows you to showcase your CPD and application of learning in the clinical context.

Masters (MSc)

In the MSc programme, you will develop the research skills needed to undertake a small-scale, but high quality, research project in healthcare education, relevant to you own healthcare context and research interests. Students are encouraged to write their dissertations to include an article suitable for publication or a means of disseminating their findings to the appropriate practitioner audience. You will have at least one personal supervisor from the Medical Education team to ensure full and effective support in areas of research design, educational question/research topic, analysis and dissemination of findings.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This is a distance learning course which is taught entirely online with no face-to-face teaching.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

The programme has been developed in close liaison with GPs, NHS Trusts, CCGs and clinicians to ensure it meets the needs of the health economy.  


  • The centre is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons, a professional membership organisation and registered charity which exists to advance patient care.

Future careers

On completion, you will be well placed to influence the role and the research of medical education in patient care at a local, regional and national level.  

The PGCert offers a foundation in critical aspects of medical education: professionalism (and the teaching of it), educational theory and assessment practices. The assignments for each module are designed to enable students to reflect on their own practice and research topics in a targeted way. Therefore, you will be able to explore aspects of the subject area that are relevant to your own practice.

Within the PGDip and MSc there are opportunities to tailor your learning further, enabling an extended exploration into the topic areas relevant to your own career and practice.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9200 per year
Part-time£1030 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£10000 per year
Part-time£1110 per 20 credits
Full-time£14500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Medicine located in the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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