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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    28 February 2019

Our programme will appeal to those wishing to explore the issues fundamental to effective health professions education in a dynamic, stimulating and supportive setting.


The MSc in Medical Education is committed to promoting excellence in learning and teaching for health professionals. Having established the first Masters in Medical Education in the UK, we continue to lead, providing innovative programmes for all medical, dental and health professionals who aim to professionalise the role of the clinician as teacher.

This full-time course leads to the award of 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 course is organised into a series of modules followed by a dissertation component. Modules usually last two days each followed by a period of independent study. The first session of each two-day unit is a synthesis of the previous module and the independent study period. This three stage process develops and clarifies understanding of the module topic, gives the opportunity and time to apply new concepts and skills, and concludes by allowing reflection on and sharing of experiences and insights with colleagues. The culmination of the modules is a practical teaching project, a student-led symposium on a contemporary issue in medical education.

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

The MSc component of the course, follows the successful completion of the modules. This component of the course will allow you to develop skills in designing and conducting an educational project, culminating in the submission of a dissertation. Many of the projects provide the basis for practical innovations in the workplace and can also extend engagement with and contribution to the wider medical education community.

The course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy, conferring Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy upon successful completion of the modules. The course is also aligned to the Academy of Medical Educators professional standards enabling you to apply for recognition of the Academy of Medical Educators on successful completion of the modules.

Distinctive features

 The distinctive features of this programme include:

  • More than two decades of experience of running medical education courses
  • Comprehensive menu of face-to-face modules
  • Specifically designed for clinicians and healthcare professionals
  • Assessment tasks linked to your own educational practise
  • Practical forums to increase expertise
  • Integration of research and scholarship
  • Application of theory, concepts and principles to your clinical educational setting
  • Course members from diverse backgrounds to promote understanding and sharing of good practice
  • Flexibility to meet individual needs and circumstances
  • 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 participatory methods
  • A personal tutoring system to help define learning needs and aid reflection
  • Optional attendance at a short Effective Teaching Skills course
  • Positioned within the Wales Deanery, we are well placed to support the education and training of clinicians and clinical educators
  • An established national and international alumni network, many of whom have progressed to higher level roles and responsibilities.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Teaching on the modules mainly takes place in small groups, which are facilitated by the core teaching team. There is the opportunity for discussions, debates, instructor presentations, tutorials, case studies, role play and peer interactions designed to enhance learning in addition to guided and independent study. Participation, collaboration and practical application are key tenets of the course, and you will be encouraged to try out new approaches to learning and teaching throughout the programme. Activities may include video-recording a teaching session for review, implementing and appraising untried assessment techniques, developing and coding a questionnaire; designing and producing instructional media for a teaching session.

The Master’s component will require the completion of a small scale empirical or literature-based study. You will be allocated a supervisor to support your study following successful completion of the modules.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor (and for the Masters component a supervisor) who will support your progress on the course, monitoring your general progress, discussing relevant issues and providing advice, guidance and support. Peer-led group meetings also allow you to discuss a range of educational issues and engage in a variety of group activities. Personal tutors will comment on your reflective journal, and this exchange is an opportunity for you to engage in a dialogue about your educational roles, responsibilities and experiences in your clinical setting.

Career prospects

Over 300 clinicians and other health 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 - MSc/PGDip page on the Cardiff University website for more details!





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