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5866p - Medical Education MMedEd, PGDip, PGCert

Medical Education MMedEd, PGDip, PGCert

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Start in: September 2021

Explore medical educational practice with our MMedEd, PGDip and PGCert Medical Education.


The course will suit health professionals and those interested in medical education. This course is relevant if you train others through formal teaching or supervise trainees at work. Our course will suit development as ‘professional’ educators.

Our list of module topics includes;

  • teaching in formal environments – lectures, seminars, etc
  • teaching in workplace environments – clinics, operating theatres, etc
  • curriculum planning and delivery
  • design and delivery of assessment
  • online teaching and learning
  • self – improvement of teaching practice through practitioner enquiry (diploma level only)
  • trends in medical education, and what drives them
  • critiquing educational research (Diploma level only)
  • the master's dissertation allows you to design a small research project on any educational topic of your choosing

The course is recognised by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). It is also accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators.

Most of our current students are medical doctors. We do have representation from other health care professions. Our content is also relevant for them. Previous students include teaching staff at:

  • medical schools
  • vets
  • medical companies


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Qualifications explained

Find out about the different qualification options for this course.

What you'll learn

You'll learn the fundamentals of ‘how to teach’. More importantly, we give you the knowledge and skills to manage unusual educational situations. We do this by introducing you to the literature on ‘how we learn’. If you understand more of how your learners learn in a particular scenario, it becomes easier to teach them.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Upon completion you'll be able to:

  • use theories and principles of medical education to inform your own practice and others'
  • show advanced knowledge in specific areas of professional relevance. This is for diploma and master's
  • justify the decisions made when designing methods for investigating medical education. This applies to master's
  • relate educational issues in clinical practice to a wider educational context
  • appraise theory, ‘evidence’ and empirical data, as well as your own practice
  • take a strategic approach to your own identified educational needs
  • plan to address these needs
  • engage in academic debate about educational research and educational practice. This is for diploma and master’s
  • contest and contribute to the body of knowledge about medical education. This is for master's
  • design and deliver educational interventions
  • select the most appropriate educational strategies or methods for specified contexts

Your future

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Face-to-face course option contact:

Sarah McVittie-Mathews
Programme Coordinator
School of Medical Education
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4522

E-learning course option contact:

Ruth Pickering & Clare Aitchison
Programme Coordinators
School of Medical Education
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4819


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