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This course aims to prepare you for a role in undergraduate and postgraduate clinical education as teacher and trainer, according to the best clinical and educational standards.

To achieve this you will:

- study the sciences basic to education, behaviour and clinical enquiry
- acquire an understanding of the theoretical basis of learning and teaching, and the practical application of these skills
- gain knowledge and practical application of the technology required for efficient and innovative undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

It is ideally suited to medical, dental, veterinary, nursing and pharmacy educators, including scientists contributing towards the teaching of these disciplines plus paramedical groups and allied health professions who are seeking to develop their knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of teaching and learning.

It has been devised in recognition of the trend across all healthcare professions towards a structured approach to personal professional development, and recognises the need for relevant academic qualifications for those individuals who are tasked with providing undergraduate and postgraduate education and training.

The programme is also relevant to doctors and dentists directly involved in the provision of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education (PGMDE), as well as clinical tutors in Trusts, Regional Advisors, College tutors and those involved in the provision of vocational training schemes.

Key facts

- This course is relevant to a wide range of backgrounds and is directly applicable to anyone involved in the provision of bio-medical and clinical education
- The modular format means you have the flexibility to adapt the course to suit your individual interests and circumstances
- A number of fees scholarships are available for University of Nottingham staff and overseas applicants (see Course Fees)
- This course consists of a blended learning format; both on-line and taught learning


Masters students take three core modules ("Teaching and Learning: Core Theory and Practice", "Effective Learning and Assessment", "Research Methods"), and then choose a further two elective modules from a choice of five.

Once the taught components of the course have been completed, Masters students then undertake a research and dissertation module involving a relevant, original investigation or development in the field of medical education.

The Masters Medical Education can be completed in one year of full-time study or over two years part-time.


Core modules

MedWise – an online introduction to teaching, learning and assessment (10 credits)
Learning Theories (10 credits)
Introduction to Clinical Teaching and Learning (10 credits)
Introduction to Assessment in Clinical Education (10 credits)
The Humanities, Ethics and Professionalism(20 credits)

Elective modules

Psychometrics of Assessment: Theory & Practice (20 credits)
Principles of Leadership and Management (20 credits)
Fundamentals of Simulation-Based Education in Healthcare (20 credits)
Problem Based Learning in Medicine and Health Sciences (20 credits)
Advanced Teaching, Learning and Assessment (20 credits)
Supervising PG trainees in the modern NHS (20 credits)
eLearning in Clinical Education (20 credits)

Masters students

Research and Dissertation (60 credits)
If you wish to discuss or take an individual module, please contact the Course Administrator.

Visit the Medical Education MMedSci page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!




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