Medical Education Postgraduate Diploma

The online Medical Education Postgraduate Diploma provides healthcare professionals with the theory needed to prepare current and future generations of healthcare professionals. Course Code: QPDP016

Course Overview

British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education course is specially developed for busy healthcare professionals and aims to enable graduates to develop a critical knowledge, understanding, and application of medical education.

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education, 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 online Medical Education Postgraduate Diploma allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Module Aims
  • To develop a critical understanding of the context of medical education in the broader profession of education which puts focus on patient care.
Module Content
  • Learning and teaching theories
  • Learning and teaching methods
  • Lesson planning
  • Practical skills for teaching online learning: Indivduals, small and large groups
  • Practical skills for teaching online learning
  • Current topics and controversies
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critical understanding of teaching methods and theories for the application of learning
  2. Critical understanding of the importance of medical education and how to put the focus on patient care
Module Aims
  • To develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of assessment in medical education.
Module Content
  • Performance/Testing
  • Formative assessment
  • Summative assessment
  • Constructing an assessment (case study)
  • Supervision and feedback (appraisal)
  • Current topics/controversies
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse a range of assessment methodologies
  2. Critically apply formative and summative assessment to the field of medical education
Module Aims
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the different types of evaluation.
Module Content
  • Regulatory context of Medical Education
  • Moore’s levels
  • Programme evaluation
  • Case Studies
  • Current topics and controversies
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the different models of evaluation
  2. Apply evaluation into practice to improve education for patient care
Module Aims
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of how to incorporate a variety of digital programmes into medical education.
Module Content
  • Educational media and technology (media in the context of lesson planning)
  • Presentation skills
  • Simulation (Augmented Reality/virtual Reality)
  • Big data, big “clinical” data
  • Emerging technologies: Ubiquitous web Internet of Things, mobile, digital ecology.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Justify and critically evaluate the role of media in medical education
  2. Critically evaluate emerging technologies in medical education
Module Aims
  • To develop an in-depth understanding of the importance of effective leadership to help improve patient care.
Module Content
  • Leadership
  • Monitoring the performance of healthcare professionals
  • Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) domains
  • Policy and strategy including interprofessional learning and compliance with the disability and dyslexia act
  • Ethics
  • Scholarship
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of AoME professional standards for medical educators
  2. Critically evaluate the role of a leader in medical education
Module Aims
  • To develop the skills and knowledge to plan a curriculum as a medical educator.
Module Content
  • Curriculum planning and application
  • Programmes of learning (theories, curricular design, QA, assessment methods, evaluation)
  • Service user involvement
Learning Outcomes
  1. Take responsibility for planning and developing a course curriculum
  2. Critically evaluate a medical education curriculum from various perspectives

Entry Requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.

In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required
  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements

Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Teaching Methods

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts. Find out more about our world-class tutors on the Medical Education Team Page.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios. These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Orientation and Study Skills Week (online)

Once you have secured your place on the course you will be invited to participate in our Orientation and Study Skills week, held in the week preceding the start of the course. This will prepare you for your course and take you through how to navigate the learning platform, course format and teaching methods, the assessments for each module, research skills and good academic practise.


The Medical Education course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets, and essays.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for February 2021: £4,500
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for February 2021:

Application deadline - February 5th 2021

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£750 £4500
1st May 2021 £750
1st July 2021 £750
1st Sept 2021 £750
1st Nov 2021 £750
1st Jan 2022 £750

Deposits are non-refundable

Extended Application Deadline