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Medical Education MMedSci

Course Description


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!

Student Profiles

Developing Solutions - 20+ Awards

Founded in 2001, Developing Solutions is The University of Nottingham's flagship international scholarship programme for postgraduate masters courses.Over the past 12 years we've supported over 1,000 students from the developing countries of the Commonwealth and Africa to study at The University of Nottingham.Developing Solutions scholarships for 2015 entry are now open for applications.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30 x 100% tuition fee and 75 x 50% tuition fee


You can apply for this scholarship if you:--are a national of (or permanently domiciled in) Africa, India or one of the countries of the Commonwealth listed below* AND
--are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
--have not already studied outside of your home country** AND
--are not currently studying at a University of Nottingham campus or are not a University of Nottingham graduate AND
--already hold an offer to start a full-time masters degree programme, including MRes, at Nottingham for September 2015 in certain faculties including the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Application Procedure

The closing date for scholarship applications is 24 April 2015 – 12 mid-day (UK time).Application for admission to study at Nottingham must be received at least six weeks before the scholarship closing date to allow time for our Admissions office to process the application and confirm your offer, before you can apply for the scholarship. Any application for admission to study submitted later than six weeks before the scholarship closing date is not guaranteed to be processed in time.

Further Information



The University of Nottingham Masters Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

Applicants will need to hold an offer for a taught postgraduate course and fulfil one or more of the following criteria:Care leavers - have been in public care for a minimum of three months prior to their entrance to university in 2012
In receipt of government funding in the form of a full maintenance grant and/or a National Scholarship Programme during the first year of undergraduate study (2012)Women in STEM (restricted programmes)Disability, long-term medical condition or specific learning difficulty From a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) group

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants for this scholarship must be progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher £9k tuition fee and be classed as a Home/EU student.

Application Procedure

Application detailsApplications for this scholarship will open shortly. Follow the web link to find out more.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 or pass at MBBS (and other medical degrees where no classification is awarded as standard) in a relevant subject e.g. medical/nursing/dental/veterinary and other health related degrees. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

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