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Medical Education (PgDip/MSc)

Course Description

The PgDip course is organised into eight modules culminating in a Practical Teaching Project. Modules are comprised of a two-day concentrated period of study followed by approximately six weeks of independent study, and completed by a synthesis session during the first half-day of the subsequent module. One of the modules is divided into a variety of different topics spread over three study days, offering students a choice.

Instructional methods are participatory and include group discussions, instructor presentations, tutorials, case studies and practical exercises. The PgDip course is available full-time (one year), part-time (two years). Those continuing onto the MSc qualification undertake a dissertation, with many producing original and interesting work that provides the basis for practical innovations.

The Diploma course is available full-time (one year) and part-time (two years). Those wishing to continue on to gain the MSc qualification then complete a 15-20,000 word dissertation.

Visit the Medical Education (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

Suitable for all health professionals who have teaching, assessment and related educational responsibilities, such as teachers, trainers, educational supervisors, course co-ordinators, clinical and college tutors.Applicants should also hold an initial degree from an approved University, or other qualification/proof of educational ability.

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