Many clinical health professionals are involved in teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students and increased recruitment to the NHS produces even greater demands for teachers. There is a need for greater professionalism and accountability as clinical teachers and this course is designed to meet this need by providing a sound theoretical and practical basis for good teaching practice. It complements the established Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Programme at Keele by emphasising small group teaching in clinical settings and education for clinical competence.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education is accredited by the Higher Education Academy. The programme is aligned with Standard Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education and successful completion of the programme entitles participants to recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Students from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health should look at course content for details and then apply via the Keele University and Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health Postgraduate Course in Medical Education link above.
See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/medicaleducation/
The overall aim of the course is to improve the quality and effectiveness of clinical teaching and medical education through:
- Understanding and fostering a learner-centred approach
- Relating this to the requirements of professional education for clinical competence
- Developing practical, generic skills in teaching and assessment, underpinned by an understanding of educational theory
- Promoting reflective practice in education and clinical practice, using work-based assignments and a portfolio
- Promoting evidence-based education
The programme’s aims and values embody those of the Higher Education Academy and will develop participants’ understanding of the HEA areas of learning and teaching activity, core knowledge and adherence to the professional values.
Course Director: Dr Clive Gibson ([email protected])
The Masters in Medical Education programme consists of a three year programme of study. The structure of this is as detailed below. There are different levels of accreditation to enable flexibility for students who wish to study medical education but may not be in a position to complete the full Masters programme. Students may study the first two modules (30 credits) and receive a transcript to this effect. Students who complete the first four modules (60 credits) will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate and those who complete 8 modules (120 credits) will be awarded the Diploma. Students who wish to complete the full Masters programme will then go on to submit a dissertation (60 credits) therefore giving them the full 180 credits required for the award of the Masters in Medical Education. The taught components of the programme are available part time over the academic year and most students will complete 4 modules per year.
Students wishing to receive accreditation for training for the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health should select the Keele University and Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health Postgraduate Course in Medical Education when applying.
- Course Modules:
Year One Modules (comprising the Postgraduate Certificate)
1. Introduction to Medical Education (15 credits)
2. Teaching Methods and Theories of Learning (15 credits)
3. Assessment in Medical Education (15 credits)
4. Educational Supervision and Feedback (15 credits)
Year Two Modules (with the PG Certificate modules, comprising the Postgraduate Diploma)
Modules will aim at developing expertise and a specialist knowledge base in chosen areas of medical education. Participants can select four from the following:
• Developing Professional Skills and Attitudes
• Introduction to Research in Medical Education
• Independent Study Module
• Media Design
• Curriculum Design and Session Planning
• Simulation in Medical Education
• Advanced Assessment Module
The course will include a variety of teaching methods including small group teaching, peer observations of teaching practice, completion of a portfolio and personal study. Some course elements will be in distance learning format.
The overall structure will be flexible to allow you to complete individual course units at different times, using the portfolio as a personal planner and record of achievement.
Module 1 of the Certificate will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence, relating to your prior experience, taught courses, reflection and observation of your teaching. Remaining modules will be assessed by assignments, generally in written format, and with a choice of subject areas, along with specific project work associated with some modules.
Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.
A Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education is becoming a national standard for health professionals involved in teaching and is expected of new clinical teachers in the Keele University School of Medicine. Postgraduate Diploma and Masters level is appropriate to those who will be responsible for curriculum development and educational management within universities and NHS trusts.
Application details are given on the postgraduate website at http://www.keele.ac.uk/postgraduate. If you are unable to access this then an application form and prospectus can be requested via email, telephone or post:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01782 734472
The Postgraduate Office, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG
Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/
Designed by the Royal College of Physicians and UCL to meet the requirements of doctors who are intending to have a significant role in medical education, these programmes are taken sequentially starting with the Postgraduate Certificate in year one, the Postgraduate Diploma in year two, and finally the Master's in year three.
Participants develop the ability to: adopt a learner-centred teaching approach, structure teaching, and set objectives that enhance their students' learning; apply educational theory and research to their own teaching practice; recognise how assessment theory should inform practice in assessment of medical competence; and appraise both medical trainees and peers.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The MSc programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma comprising eight core modules (120 credits, part-time two years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate comprising four core modules (60 credits, part-time one year) is offered.
All MSc students undertake an individual research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programmes are part-time, requiring onsite attendance only during the contact days of teaching sessions and tutorials, which include workshop style discussion and practical application 'simulation' sessions. Assessment is through evaluative reports, investigative study proposal and report, a viva during the final stage and the dissertation.
UCL regulations require attendance for 70% or more of the module's face-to-face teaching before a student is eligible to submit the assessment for that module.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Medical Education MSc
Whilst many clinical practitioners will continue to practise as doctors, this award carries with it the opportunity to develop a formal role in either undergraduate or postgraduate education. This programme has helped our graduates obtain high-quality posts as NHS consultants or academics in a university setting.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL Medical School co-ordinates developments in medical teaching and education and addresses curriculum development, academic standards, the assessment process, clinical and generic skills acquisition and research in medical education.
Our programmes, taught with the Royal College of Physicians, enable participants to gain greater knowledge of teaching and learning processes, develop practical skills and techniques, and gain a deeper understanding of the evidence and theory underpinning current thinking in medical education.
Students benefit from the Jerwood Resource Centre, a world-class medical education library. Collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians attracts teaching input from experts from across the UK.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: UCL Medical School
80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
The course aims to promote knowledge of learning and teaching theories in a medical and health context and to facilitate a reflective awareness of the student’s own teaching and learning practice, ensuring that the teacher is also a learner.
Students gain an overview of medical education theory and practice in a supportive environment, which helps to develop confidence in teaching. The course has been designed using an interprofessional framework and participants are encouraged to share their teaching experiences and to transcend professional barriers in their learning.
The Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) has fully accredited the course and successful completion now entitles participants to Membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (MAcadMEd). This qualification allows all holders to use the MAcadMEd post nominals, and is specifically recognised by the GMC. For further information visit the AoME website http://www.medicaleducators.org/
Most modules are assessed by 3,000 word written assignments which are centred on a topic relevant to the student’s own practice. Students also develop a personal Educational Portfolio of about 5,000 words.
This course provides health professionals with a firm base and accredited professional standards to underpin their role as medical and clinical educators.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education is a vocationally focused programme intended to prepare hospital-based doctors (at SHO, Registrar, Specialist Registrar and Consultant level), GPs, Senior Clinical Grades and related health professionals, to become medical educators in the workplace and to improve existing skills and knowledge.
The Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education course explores the nature of teaching and learning in the clinical environment. It focuses upon the ways in which the medical teacher-practitioner may enable learning through a range of methodologies. It also explores the rationale and methods by which clinical learning is assessed across a range of metrics as well as critically evaluating the effectiveness of these instruments.
Upon completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, you will have achieved an understanding of how people learn and a range of teaching and learning methodologies. You will have studied how training needs are identified, how learning is assessed and how training interventions may be evaluated. Additionally you will have learned how to improve performance through reflective practice. This will be achieved via a range of teaching and learning methods, delivered within a contextually relevant and academically challenging programme of study.
The Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education is a recognised and relevant qualification for medical and clinical practitioners who are or who may be training, coaching, mentoring and assessing learners in the NHS and related sectors.
This course has been developed from many years of experience of delivering relevant learning outcomes to medical educators. It is based upon a good awareness of training needs in this context.
You will leave the programme with a range of skills, and with confidence to lead within the complexity of the health and social care environment. You will have a qualification that is appropriate, valued and relevant in the Health sector and which can aid your development and career progression.
Staff leading and delivering the programme engage in advisory and commissioning roles within the health and social care contexts, contributing to national and regional initiatives. The Course Leader is a member of the Higher Education Academy Community of Practice for Medical/Clinical Educators, which aims to develop best practice models and share resources and expertise in the delivery of medical education.
Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education also enables progression onto the MSc Health Care Leadership, with accreditation of prior certified learning for one module.
This programme has been specifically designed to provide relevant knowledge and skills for those acting in the role of medical educator in the health sector context.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
Our course allows medical educators to enhance their educational practice, skills and knowledge. You will gain expertise in effective medical education in the context of your practice. You will also develop a scholarly approach through evaluating established practice and educational initiatives.
The course is flexible and practice-based. It will suit health professionals and those involved or interested in medical education. Through advancing your skills and knowledge you will enhance your contribution to educational practice. You will also extend your ability to contribute to medical education as a discipline.
By the end of the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), you will be able to:
-Design and deliver educational interventions
-Select the most appropriate educational strategies or methods for specified contexts
-Relate educational issues in clinical practice to a wider educational context
-Critically appraise theory, ‘evidence’ and empirical data as well as your own practice
-Take a strategic approach to your educational needs and plan to address these
-Explain and justify the decisions made when designing methods for investigating medical education
-Use medical education theories and principles to inform educational practice
The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Master of Medical Education (MMedEd) further advance your knowledge and skills. You will learn to:
-Engage in academic debate about educational research and practice (PGDip, MMedEd)
-Show advanced knowledge in specific areas of special interest or professional relevance (PGDip, MMedEd)
-Contest and contribute to the body of knowledge about medical education (MMedEd)
-Identify practical and robust design solutions to selected research questions (MMedEd)
The face-to-face course has been structured to meet the needs of students who are also full-time health professionals. Each module is equivalent to approximately three study days. It is delivered through a combination of:
The e-learning Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma are studied completely via distance learning. Each of the three 20-credit modules on each stage runs over either 11 or 12 weeks.
You can study the MMedEd full time over one year.
If you prefer to study part time you can complete the PGCert over one year. Following this you can progress to the PGDip, which you can study over one or two years. Finally, you can progress to the MMedEd, which is also studied over one or two years.
You can also choose to complete an Accelerated Diploma or Accelerated Masters course. This allows you to study more than one stage of the course, part time, over one year:
* It is not possible to do the Accelerated Diploma or Accelerated Masters via the e-learning courses.
The course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Our part-time MSc Medical Education course is aimed at clinicians who come into contact with medical students in their roles, and want to Our part-time MSc Medical Education course is aimed at clinicians who come into contact with medical students in their roles, and want to further develop their teaching skills through a course with a strong emphasis on professional practice.
Most clinicians engage in some form of teaching, whether this is on wards, in clinics or through other teaching opportunities with undergraduate students and/or trainees. However, few have had the opportunity for professional development in teaching.
Our MSc is suitable for those doctors new to medical education and training, as well as those with experience. Students who enrol on our course include consultants from hospitals and NHS trusts.
The course is also suited to doctors in training in hospitals, general practices and community settings. We also attract doctors with leadership roles in teaching and learning, and GP trainers.
The course will enable you to:
HEA and AoME membership opportunities
You will have the opportunity to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which provides national recognition of your commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education. You can also become a full member of the AoME (Academy of Medical Educators) without going through the individual assessment process.
The units on this course are directly related to clinicians' teaching and assessment responsibilities. Your teaching skills will be observed to assess and reflect on good practice.
There are opportunities to interact face-to-face, learn collaboratively and share good practices with clinicians who are mutually interested in medical education.
You will learn through a combination of study days, workplace-based assessments, research skills training and teaching practice.
Study day attendance is compulsory. However, periodically meeting fellow clinicians to discuss common educational issues can help you to develop your medical education skills. There are also a number of presentations from course tutors.
You will be required to attend one or two study days per course unit:
The course team are experienced in education, medicine and healthcare, and Manchester has a national and international reputation for high quality research in these fields. The course directors are Dr Don Bradley and Professor Leena Patel.
We assess you using two observations of teaching practice (for those participants not in the Manchester area, video recordings of teaching sessions, followed by a meeting with the assessor, are permitted) and four written assessments. Please note that it will be the responsibility of the student to arrange their own teaching.
We assess you using four written assessments.
We assess you via the submission of your dissertation.
Some units have online provision, where some of the assessment will take place.
The University of Manchester is one of the largest providers of medicine courses in the country. Four teaching hospitals, together with affiliated hospitals and community practices spread across the north-west, provide excellent facilities for clinical education.
You will also have access to extensive library and online services across the University.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability and Advisory Support Service
The PGCert is accredited through the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Students will therefore be eligible to apply for 'Fellow' (FHEA) status from the HEA.
The HEA is an independent organisation in the UK that supports higher education institutions with strategies for the development of research and evaluation, to improve the learning experience for students.
The PGCert is also accredited through the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME). This means that those completing the course will be eligible to apply for full membership of the AoME without going through the individual assessment process.
The PGCert is accredited by the AoME (Academy of Medical Educators).
Our programme will appeal to those wishing to explore the issues fundamental to effective health professions education in a dynamic, stimulating and supportive setting.
The MSc in Medical Education is committed to promoting excellence in learning and teaching for health professionals. Having established the first Masters in Medical Education in the UK, we continue to lead, providing innovative programmes for all medical, dental and health professionals who aim to professionalise the role of the clinician as teacher.
This full-time course leads to the award of MSc in Medical Education.
It recognises the diverse, complex and challenging contexts of both those new to educator roles and responsibilities and those with considerable years of experience. The overall aim of the course is to develop a community of educators committed to promote improvements in both ‘what’ and ‘how’ we teach future healthcare professionals.
The course is highly practical and aims to model best practice in learning and teaching and draws upon a wide range of innovative approaches to learner support and development. The course is organised into a series of modules followed by a dissertation component. Modules usually last two days each followed by a period of independent study. The first session of each two-day unit is a synthesis of the previous module and the independent study period. This three stage process develops and clarifies understanding of the module topic, gives the opportunity and time to apply new concepts and skills, and concludes by allowing reflection on and sharing of experiences and insights with colleagues. The culmination of the modules is a practical teaching project, a student-led symposium on a contemporary issue in medical education.
A comprehensive menu of face-to-face modules will enable you to contribute to critical dialogues that promote deeper insights into educational theory and principles applied to clinical practice.
The MSc component of the course, follows the successful completion of the modules. This component of the course will allow you to develop skills in designing and conducting an educational project, culminating in the submission of a dissertation. Many of the projects provide the basis for practical innovations in the workplace and can also extend engagement with and contribution to the wider medical education community.
The course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy, conferring Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy upon successful completion of the modules. The course is also aligned to the Academy of Medical Educators professional standards enabling you to apply for recognition of the Academy of Medical Educators on successful completion of the modules.
The distinctive features of this programme include:
How will I be taught?
Teaching on the modules mainly takes place in small groups, which are facilitated by the core teaching team. There is the opportunity for discussions, debates, instructor presentations, tutorials, case studies, role play and peer interactions designed to enhance learning in addition to guided and independent study. Participation, collaboration and practical application are key tenets of the course, and you will be encouraged to try out new approaches to learning and teaching throughout the programme. Activities may include video-recording a teaching session for review, implementing and appraising untried assessment techniques, developing and coding a questionnaire; designing and producing instructional media for a teaching session.
The Master’s component will require the completion of a small scale empirical or literature-based study. You will be allocated a supervisor to support your study following successful completion of the modules.
How will I be supported?
You will be allocated a personal tutor (and for the Masters component a supervisor) who will support your progress on the course, monitoring your general progress, discussing relevant issues and providing advice, guidance and support. Peer-led group meetings also allow you to discuss a range of educational issues and engage in a variety of group activities. Personal tutors will comment on your reflective journal, and this exchange is an opportunity for you to engage in a dialogue about your educational roles, responsibilities and experiences in your clinical setting.
Over 300 clinicians and other health professionals have joined the course from around the World. Many graduates use the insights gained on the course to introduce innovations to their day to day teaching, whilst others go on to higher level roles and responsibilities to lead and promote excellence in learning and teaching at national and international levels.
Co-delivered by Lancaster Medical School and CETAD, this course is designed to meet the GMC’s Strategy that all those involved in the development and education of doctors should be competent in principles of medical education.
The MSc includes development in specialist aspects of medical education through modules and a work-based medical education project.
Students may also make a claim (APL) to gain credits for exemption from some modules.