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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.

Structure

• 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)

Assessment

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!

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