Medical Education

Postgraduate degree Medical Education

Taught by experienced clinicians and leading academics in the field of medical education, this course will enhance your knowledge and skills as an educator and give you the confidence to apply them in your own professional practice.

Elements of the course are accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Successful completion of the first module, 'Essentials of Clinical Education', entitles participants to recognition as an Associate of HEA, whilst successful completion of the PGCert entitles participants to recognition as a Fellow of HEA.

Course title: Medical Education

Qualifications: MMedEd/PGDip/PGCert


MMedEd max. 5 years
PGCert max. 3 years

Study mode: Part-time only

Course Leader: Dr Vimmi Passi

This course is designed for clinicians and health professionals who are involved in the delivery of medical education at either undergraduate or postgraduate level.

During the course, students will:

  • Develop your skills as an experienced clinical professional with educational responsibilities. You will learn about the theory and knowledge of principles and methods for learning and teaching and their application to healthcare
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills in relation to teamwork and communication
  • Learn to plan efficient and effective educational experiences, and to successfully deliver teaching sessions
  • Understand the principles of assessment and feedback and develop sound academic skills, including literature review and research
  • You can take the Masters in Medical Education on a part-time basis over a period of two to five years. Based on modular learning, it gives you the opportunity to progress from Certificate to Diploma to a full Masters degree (MMedEd). If you do not wish to study to Masters level, you can stop at either the Certificate or the Diploma stage, obtaining valuable qualifications that will greatly enhance your skills and knowledge.

  • Certificate stage: The first three core modules to be completed in the order listed below
  • Diploma stage: Five core modules and one optional module
  • Masters stage: There are two alternative routes to the MMedEd:
  • Masters with Professional Project
  • Masters with Dissertation
  • Optional modules

    Other modules available within the WMS taught postgraduate/CPD framework with a demonstrable relevance to medical education may be taken, subject to entry requirements and approval by the Course Director.

    All candidates initially register for the Essentials of Clinical Education module, which they may take as a stand-alone module or in conjunction with two other core modules required to attain the PGCert in Medical Education.

    Students who successfully complete the PGCert modules will be offered the opportunity to upgrade to the PGDip/MMedEd provided their provisional results in the first three modules indicate that they are likely to have the capability to complete the PGDip/MMedEd successfully.

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    Popular Q&A

    Where will a 'Postgraduate Certificate in Education' allow you to teach (UK)?

    I really know nothing about this, but Birmingham Conservatoire of Music that I want to go to has a 4 year course that I want to take. But, if I take a five year course, there is an integrated PGCE. All I want to know is, where will it allow me to teach? Secondary schools? Or will it allow me to teach in a college? If not, what qualification would I need to teach in a college?
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    Technically a PGCE will allow you to teach any age and any subject regardless of what you train in. However I'd guess that the integrated PGCE will enable you to be a secondary school music teacher. Primary PGCE's enable you to teach all subjects at Primary level. Secondary PGCE's you have to choose a specialist subject (usually the subject of your degree). Further Ed requires a PGCftE. Give the music department a buzz and get them to clarify exactly what PGCE it is.
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