Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education

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Healthcare professionals are increasingly required to have formally recognised teaching qualifications. Health regulators, ministries and healthcare organisations increasingly expect those with teaching responsibilities, mentoring and assessing clinicians, to use evidence-based methodologies and research to underpin their activities.

Our value for money online medical education diploma focuses on developing excellence in both learning and teaching for medical professionals and is aimed at those wishing to professionalise their role of clinician as teacher, with full flexibility to study around their schedule.

PgDip Medical Education

Next intake: 2023 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
100% Online
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This affordable diploma in Medical Education recognises the diverse, complex and challenging contexts of both those new to medical educator roles and responsibilities and those with significant experience. The distance learning medical education course aims to create a worldwide community of educators committed to promote improvements in teaching future healthcare professionals with support of our industry experts.

We’re honoured to have received our AoME accreditation for our Medical Education programme. The Academy's Professional Standards exists to provide; leadership and promote standards, support to all those involved in the academic discipline and practice of medical education and serve as a guide to curriculum development and provide a recognised framework to allow you to fast-track in your career while working around your schedule. This means that students who successfully complete our courses, will be eligible to apply for full membership of the Academy of Medical Educators through the shortened assessment process.

The course is suitable for Doctors, GPs, Healthcare Professionals and those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience who wish to develop their skills and knowledge as medical educators. And if the course is right for you, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with specialists around the world to share insights and broaden your career prospects.

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.

Next intake: 2023 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
100% Online
12 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date

Why Study a Medical Education Postgraduate Diploma with Learna

We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.


100% Flexible

Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.

Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.



No physical campus means we can offer world-leading programmes at the most competitive prices.

Get a PgDip from £3,900 or an MSc from £7,500 - the most affordable courses of their kind in the UK.


Career Boosting

Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.

40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.

Who is this course for?

The Medical Education diploma is suitable for:

  • Doctors
  • GPs
  • Healthcare Professionals

And those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience who wish to develop their skills and knowledge as medical educators.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

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.


Our pgdip in medical education 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: Individuals, 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

Assessment Methods

The online medical education course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of real life scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based practice. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Tutors 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.

Entry requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals without international surcharge.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare or management field.

Registered healthcare professionals or experienced managers working in the healthcare field, 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 for more information on the qualifications we accept.

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We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online diploma courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.

Our courses are some of the most affordable of their kind, providing value for money without compromising on quality. We also don't apply an international surcharge. No fixed timetable means you can log in & learn on the go, at your convenience.

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