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Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Medical Education

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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

    Medicine

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September, March

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    £3900 - payment plans are available and pay your deposit of £180 within 7 days of being accepted onto the course and you'll save £180 off your total course fees.

  • Last Updated

    15 October 2018

Course content

Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add the Medical Education Postgraduate Diploma and Masters online courses to our growing range. Our Medical Education courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning.

Delivered over one year, the online part time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education course is specially developed for busy healthcare professionals who may be expected to teach. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises of 6 modules, each of 6 weeks duration. The course aims to enable graduates to develop a critical knowledge and understanding, and application of medical education.

Our medical education courses will appeal to Doctors, GPs, Healthcare Professionals and those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience. Students may apply for the MSc in Medical Education as a two-year course, firstly completing the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), followed by the MSc (60 credits).

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education

Delivered over one year, the online part time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education course is specially developed for busy healthcare professionals who may be expected to teach. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises of 6 modules, each of 6 weeks duration. The course aims to enable graduates to develop a critical knowledge and understanding, and application of medical education.

On completion of the Medical Education Diploma, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of specific issues at the forefront of theory and practice in medical education
  • Critically evaluate medical education theories and principles to inform educational practice
  • Demonstrate awareness of advanced knowledge in educational methods and practice
  • Display a critical understanding of the intricacies of adult pedagogy

Course Structure

Our 1 year course consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

  1. The practice of medical education
  2. Assessment
  3. Evaluation
  4. Media
  5. Leadership
  6. Curriculum

Assessment

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities:

  • Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
  • Individual learning portfolio - 10%
  • Group/individual activity - 20%
  • Case based examination - 30%

Teaching Methods

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales). The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

  • Scientific writing
  • Levels of evidence
  • Harvard referencing
  • Reflective writing

The lectures provide an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

MSc Medical Education

The MSc in Medical Education course offers progression from the Postgraduate Diploma for individuals who are interested in developing a critical knowledge and understanding and application of medical education.

Entry to the 1 year MSc in Medical Education will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

The MSc Medical Education course is the only one of its title that is accessible online and is not offered by any other institution.

On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of specific issues at the forefront of theory and practice in medical education
  • A critical understanding of medical education theories and principles to inform educational practice
  • An advanced knowledge of educational methods and practice
  • A critical understanding of the intricacies of adult pedagogy

Course Structure and Teaching Methods

Module 1: Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal - MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2: Professional Project - To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.


Visit the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Medical Education page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!

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