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Masters Excellence Scholarshipsup to £500,000 in tuition fee discounts available

Medical Education (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims:

To offer knowledge and expertise to enable participants to design, deliver and evaluate courses and curricula for health professionals. It advances participants' awareness of educational innovations, theories and methods, and enhances their skills to implement and manage change and critically reflect on their educational activities.

Special Features:

Course Description:

The PgDip course is organised into eight modules culminating in a Practical Teaching Project. Modules are comprised of a two-day concentrated period of study followed by approximately six weeks of independent study, and completed by a synthesis session during the first half-day of the subsequent module. One of the modules is divided into a variety of different topics spread over three study days, offering students a choice.

Instructional methods are participatory and include group discussions, instructor presentations, tutorials, case studies and practical exercises. The PgDip course is available full-time (one year), part-time (two years). Those continuing onto the MSc qualification undertake a dissertation, with many producing original and interesting work that provides the basis for practical innovations.

The Diploma course is available full-time (one year) and part-time (two years). Those wishing to continue on to gain the MSc qualification then complete a 15-20,000 word dissertation.

Modules include:


"...I feel very positive about the course for RCS trainers. The content is relevant and the experience directed my enthusiasm appropriately. The time factor is the only difficulty. The course allowed me to understand the core educational principles behind assessment by exam for the RCS as well as linking in the syllabus/curriculum. Understanding the educational psychology (or trying to) helped with teaching/training practice including the dynamics of small group work have been very useful as well as understanding the various aspects of adult learning have been invaluable" Derek Skinner - Consultant ENT Surgeon, Shrewsbury

"I couldn't do anything but recommend set me up for a career in Medical Education" Rodney Peyton - Consultant Surgeon and Tutor in Education for the Royal College of Surgeons, England

Entry Requirements:

Suitable for all health professionals who have teaching, assessment and related educational responsibilities, such as teachers, trainers, educational supervisors, course co-ordinators, clinical and college tutors.

Applicants should also hold an initial degree from an approved University, or other qualification/proof of educational ability.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
    MSc fee. Diploma fee: £5,850. MSc (post-diploma) Dissertation: £1,140
  • UK & EU Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
    MSc fee. Diploma fee: £2,925. MSc (post-diploma) Dissertation: £1,140
  • International Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
    MSc fee. Diploma fee: £14,000 (Reduced fees available for overseas students working within the NHS) MSc (post-diploma) Dissertation:£1,029
  • International Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
    MSc fee. Diploma fee: £7,000. MSc (post-diploma) dissertation: £1,029

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Miss Sarah Howell  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7449  



School Website:

More information

Wales Deanery (School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education)

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