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Medical Education (e-learning) PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Course Description

The PgCert/PgDip/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 for eight years. This innovative programme is for all medical, dental and other health professionals who aim to professionalise the role of the clinician as teacher.

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 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 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.


• PgCert

The Postgraduate Certificate is a one year programme. You will be required to engage with online learning materials within tutor-facilitated groups throughout the academic year (October to June). There is no requirement to attend, as all teaching will be delivered via e-learning.

We have a three week induction module to introduce the practise of Medical Education, familiarise you with the online learning platform, and facilitate initial contact with your peers, personal tutors and online tutors.

Core modules:

Learning and Teaching in Clinical Education
Educational Media and Technologies
Assessing Learning
Peer Review of Teaching

• PgDip

The Postgraduate Diploma year (year two) follows on from successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate year (year one). 

You will be required to engage with online learning materials within tutor-facilitated groups throughout the academic year (October to June). There is no requirement to attend, as all teaching will be delivered via e-learning.

Core modules:

Evaluating Courses
Research Skills
Contemporary Issues in Medical Education
Practical Teaching Portfolio

• MSc

The MSc year (year three) follows on from successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate year (year one) and the Postgraduate Diploma year (year two). You will be required to engage with online learning materials within tutor-facilitated groups and with your dissertation supervisor throughout the academic year (October to June). There is no requirement to attend, as all teaching will be delivered via e-learning.

Core modules:

Dissertation (E-leanring)


You will be assessed in a variety of ways both to inform learning (formative) and to assess learning (summative) and all assignment tasks are linked to your educational practise. For example, typical assignments may relate to designing and producing some instructional media for a specific teaching need you identify, critically reviewing an assessment method you identify, reflecting on your experience of participating in peer review of teaching.

Successful completion of both the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are required for progression to the MSc. The MSc component will require the completion of a small scale empirical or literature based study culminating in the submission of a dissertation.

Visit the Medical Education (e-learning) PgCert/PgDip/MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Rebecca Hughes (MSc in Medical Education)

The course has contributed significantly to my teaching role as a surgical practitioner in many ways. The teaching techniques I have learned have dramatically changed my approach to education delivery in all aspects of my working life. I see training opportunities at many more varied levels and situations and am learning methods to exploit these in productive and imaginative ways. The feedback from students is extremely positive. I began the course as an enthusiastic yet unconsciously unskilled teacher, but now feel my enthusiasm has been harnessed and directed towards meaningful competency that will result in life-long educational skills which I will be able to give back to future generations. Training has become an exciting, innovative aspect of my working life rather than a chore and I can only thank the Medical Education course for this.

(Student Profile)

Anne Taylor (MSc Medical Education)

"For my research project, the final part of the MSc course, I chose to evaluate the PgDip/MSc Pain Management course, which I was developing as part of my role as a lecturer within the Department of Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine. I chose to evaluate the course from a qualitative perspective as during previous courses, I had only undertaken quantitative research. The fact that the assignments and dissertation could be tailored to facilitate changes in practice was very valuable. The successful completion of the MSc in Medical Education led to a personal promotion to that of a senior lecturer and through my endeavours at improving pain management through education, I won Welsh Woman of the Year."


Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Last Updated

04 July 2017

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