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The Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma & MSc in Medical Education is an e-learning course, offering build up of study credit via a three-stage, progressive course delivered online.

Overview

The MSc in Medical Education programme is committed to promoting excellence in learning and teaching for health professionals. This distance learning programme is delivered entirely online and has been established since 2008. This innovative programme is for all medical, dental and other health professionals who aim to professionalise the role of the clinician as teacher.

This part-time distance learning programme leads to the award of an 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 MSc year follows on from the Postgraduate Certificate year and Postgraduate Diploma year which are organised into a series of modules that involve interactive activities delivered within an online environment. These activities are conducted within groups, each one being facilitated by an online tutor. This affords an opportunity to explore the module topic through discussion and clarification of understanding and also gives the opportunity and time to apply new learning through the online discussions, tasks, wikis and assignments. Through this there is ample time to reflect on own practise and to share experiences and new insights with colleagues. This is a truly interactive programme.

A comprehensive menu of online modules will allow you to contribute to critical dialogues that promote deeper insights into educational theory and principles applied to clinical practice.

The programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy, conferring Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy upon successful completion of the first year of the programme (Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education) and evidence of engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). The programme is also aligned to the Academy of Medical Educators professional standards enabling you to apply for recognition of the Academy of Medical Educators.

Distinctive features

  • Application of theory, concepts and principles to your clinical educational setting.
  • Development of future educational leaders.
  • Course members from diverse backgrounds to promote understanding and sharing of good practise.
  • Higher Education Academy Accreditation providing a direct route to Fellowship of the Academy.
  • Academy of Medical Educators Accreditation.
  • Support from an academic team of dedicated educationalists, active in professional associations who have a breadth of experience both nationally and internationally.
  • Course design and delivery emphasising principles and application through interactive discussion and activities in an online environment.
  • A personal tutoring system to help define learning needs and aid reflection.
  • Many years of experience of running medical educational courses in the UK and Internationally.
  • Positioned within the School of Medicine we are well placed to support the education and training of clinicians and clinical educators.
  • Assessment tasks linked to own educational practise.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

The teaching takes place online in group settings, which are facilitated by online tutors. There are a variety of tasks in the dissertation module where there is the opportunity for discussion, debate, exploration and peer interaction designed to enhance learning in addition to guided and independent study. The online tutor plays a key role in the delivery of teaching for the module.

Opportunities to develop your team working and collaboration skills will be available through your tasks and activities within discussion fora and general engagement in debate and exploration with tutors and peers

You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor at the start of the MSc year and they will support you throughout the year.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will support your progress on the course, monitoring your general progress, discussing relevant issues and providing advice, guidance and support. 

During the dissertation component you will have an opportunity to receive feedback on the project design and draft dissertation chapters.

Career prospects

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.


Visit the Medical Education (e-Learning) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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