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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.

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Course Aims

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 ()

Course Content

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.

Teaching & Assessment

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.

Additional Costs

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.

Career Information

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 Procedure

Application details are given on the postgraduate website at If you are unable to access this then an application form and prospectus can be requested via email, telephone or post:


Tel: 01782 734472

The Postgraduate Office, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG

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Visit the Medical Education (MA/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Keele University website for more details!




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