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Medical Education MMedEd, PGDip, PGCert

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

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Start date(s):

  • September 2023


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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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.


MMedEd – Postgraduate Masters (full-time)

This qualification is awarded if you successfully complete six 20-credit taught modules plus a 60-credit dissertation module (180 credits). If you do not complete all the modules you can exit with:

  • a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) if you successfully complete three 20-credit taught modules, including the core module for the PGCert (Teaching and Learning in the Classroom)
  • a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) if you successfully complete six 20-credit taught modules

MMedEd – Postgraduate Masters (part-time)

This qualification is awarded if you successfully complete the PGDip (120 credits) plus one 60-credit dissertation module.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) (part-time)
A PGDip is awarded if you successfully complete the Certificate plus three 20-credit taught modules (120 credits).

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) (part-time)
A PGCert is awarded if you successfully complete three 20-credit taught modules (60 credits).


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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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 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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  • living costs
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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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