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Medical Education (MSc)

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Part time distance learning

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Why study this course

This MSc in Medical Education is an e-learning course, offering a build-up of study credit via a three-stage, progressive course delivered online.


Promoting excellence

Benefit from our longstanding passion and expertise in leading medical education courses that integrate research and scholarship



Course design and delivery emphasising principles and application through interactive discussion and activities in an online environment to meet individual needs and circumstances.


Applied and practical

Course design and assessment tasks linked to your own educational practice, allowing you to apply theory and concepts to your clinical setting.


Sharing good practice

Study alongside healthcare professionals from diverse backgrounds to promote understanding and sharing of good practice.


Accredited course

Accredited by Advance HE, AoME and aligned to GMC Trainer criteria.

Our MSc in Medical Education enables healthcare professionals with a special interest in education to professionalise the role of clinician as teacher. 

The programme supports graduates to deliver novel, transformational approaches to improve the quality of their teaching.  By studying on this programme, you will be equipped to promote excellence in learning and teaching for health professionals. This programme is for all medical, dental and other medical and health professionals who want to expand their understanding of pedagogy and be able to apply educational theory to clinical education to provide high satisfaction in those they teach.

The programme will help you to assess where current gaps lie in the delivery of clinical education, and you will be supported in providing innovative educational solutions to address unmet clinical learning needs that will improve outcomes.

The course is highly practical and aims to model best practice in learning and teaching, drawing upon a wide range of innovative approaches to learner support and development.

By developing a network of experienced clinical teachers our programme aims to encourage a culture for training of healthcare professionals, and demonstrate alignment of teaching and learning practice with UK Professional Standards and professional values (AdvanceHE, GMC, Academy of medical Educators).

The course is accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME), allowing you to apply for fast-track membership.

An optional 'Fellowship Pathway' is accredited by Advance HE and is available alongside year 1 study enabling you to seek Fellowship (FHEA). A final portfolio should be submitted at the end of the academic year. 


Where you'll study

School of Medicine

We are of the largest medical schools in UK, committed to the pursuit of improved human health through education and research.

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Admissions criteria

In order to be considered for an offer for this programme you will need to meet all of the entry requirements. Your application will not be progressed if the information and evidence listed is not provided. 

With your online application you will need to provide: 

  1. A copy of your Cardiff University Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education completed within the last five years. If your result is pending, please upload any interim transcripts. 
  2. A personal statement which demonstrates your continued interest/involvement in learning and teaching in healthcare contexts. Please tell us why you wish progress from the Postgraduate Certificate, what benefits you expect to gain from it, and what skills and experience you possess that make you a suitable applicant. Please supply your statement as a PDF (500 words) and include the following questions as headings: 
    • What experience do you have as a health professional? You should have at least one years' post-graduation general medical experience. 
    • Why do you wish to follow this course? 
    • What post-qualification experience do you have of teaching as a health professional? 
    • What current involvement in teaching within your health profession do you have? 

Application Deadline 

We allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as early as possible. Applications normally close at the end of August but may close sooner if all places are filled. 

Selection process 

We will review your application, teaching experience, and performance in the Postgraduate Certificate and if you meet all of the entry requirements, we will make you an offer. 

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

This is a master’s level programme taught part-time over 3 years:

Taught component  


This stage lasts for 12 months and consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7. You will have the option of choosing topics within some of the modules that are aligned to your learning and clinical needs. Students who have successfully completed this stage, will be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate should they exit at this stage. For students who have received the PGCert Medical Education programme award.


This stage lasts for 12 months and consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7. You will have the option of choosing topics within some of the modules that are aligned to your learning and clinical needs. Students who have successfully completed this stage, will be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma should they exit at this stage.

Each module can also be studied on a stand-alone CPD basis to allow greater flexibility of learning tailored to individual learning requirements.  

Dissertation component (T3)

This stage consists of the 60-credit dissertation module at Level 7, during which students complete a dissertation in a special interest area of their choice negotiated with the programme faculty and supervisor. Students who have successfully completed Stage T3 will be eligible for the MSc award. 


The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2024/25 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2024.

Year one

All modules in the Postgraduate Certificate Programme form year one of the Postgraduate Diploma Programme. These must be successfully completed before progressing to year two (Postgraduate Diploma year).

Year two

All modules in both the Postgraduate Certificate Programme (year one) and the Postgraduate Diploma Programme (year two) must be successfully completed before progressing to year three (MSc year).

Year three

Successful completion of Year three leads to the award of MSc in Medical Education.

Module titleModule codeCredits
DissertationMET96260 credits

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

In the taught stage, you will complete high quality level 7 evidence-based practice assessments, which are directly relevant to your clinical educational practice, and you will be encouraged and supported to gain knowledge within the field of medical education. This course will be delivered entirely by online distance learning and therefore you can access it from anywhere within the international healthcare professional community.  This also allows for a degree of flexibility of study to suit your individual needs and support will be provided wherever possible with these. 

The course is delivered via Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment, Learning Central. The course uses a wide range of online approaches to learner support and development. Learning and teaching methods encompass a range of strategies and techniques to promote co-operative, purposeful learning. The teaching takes place online in group settings, which are facilitated by online tutors. 

There are a variety of tasks in each module where there is the opportunity for discussion, debate, exploration and peer interaction designed to enhance learning in addition to guided and independent study. Online tutors play a key role in the delivery of teaching for each module. Practical application is a key feature of the course, and you will be encouraged to try out new approaches to teaching and learning throughout the programme. Synthesising your knowledge and applying theory to practice within your own clinical teaching setting will be a central requirement of both formal assessment and formative work. Opportunities to develop your team working and collaboration skills will be available through your tasks and activities within discussion lists, webinars and general engagement in debate and exploration with tutors and peer groups. Teaching will be delivered by a multi-professional teaching team from within the Cardiff University School of Medicine’s Centre for Medical Education (C4ME). You also will receive regular constructive feedback throughout the course, to stimulate your enthusiasm and provide support, thus ensuring that you will have the opportunity to achieve the learning outcomes. The use of multiple approaches for you to learn will build a community of practice and enhance your collaboration with your peers and the faculty. 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways both to inform learning (formative) and to assess learning (summative) and all assignment tasks are linked to your educational practise. For example, typical assignments may relate to exploring evaluation, designing an education research proposal and a series of reflections on your role as an educator. The assessments have been chosen to ensure that the learning outcomes are appropriately tested and that the teaching methods leading up to these assessments are suitable.  The module formative assessments are wide ranging to allow you to focus on areas that best suit your learning needs and clinical role. The summative assignment aims ensure they are appropriate for your learning needs, area of practice and interest, making them very educationally focused.

How will I be supported?

A team of academic, administrative, learning technology and library staff are available throughout the year to support you. You will receive written feedback on all your assignments, in addition, there are many opportunities throughout the course to receive peer and tutor feedback. You will be allocated a personal tutor /research supervisor who will support your progress on the course, monitoring your general progress, discussing relevant issues and providing advice, guidance and support. They will contact you at various points in the course. There are a variety of tasks and activities in each module and you will discuss a range of educational issues through engagement in these with online tutors and peers. Personal tutors will comment on your reflective blog if you wish, and this exchange is an opportunity for you to engage in a dialogue about your educational roles, responsibilities and experiences in your clinical setting. This will also be done through your personal development maps and educational discussion in the discussion fora.  

Formative feedback will be communicated through electronic and written means in a timely manner. Summative feedback on assessment will be delivered within the timeframe set by the University. 

Students are expected to actively take part in the online schedule of activities offered by the course which will also help them meet other students online.  The course content is housed on Learning Central, a platform that is designed to deliver a great student experience on-line. Engagement on the learning platform is enhanced by a number of discussion boards.

Fellowship support is available via personal tutors, online webinars, discussion forums and reflective blogs.

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will achieve by the end of your programme at Cardiff University and identify the knowledge and skills that you will develop. They will also help you to understand what is expected of you. 

On successful completion of your Programme you will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:

KU 1 Critically review learning and teaching approaches in clinical educational settings and professional practice.

KU 2 Critically evaluate education, theories and models to inform current educational practice.

KU 3 Synthesise the evidence to design inclusive learning environments with coherence, integration and relevance to meet and support diverse learning needs and in line with professional standards for engagement and effective learning.

KU 4 Reflect on and demonstrate alignment of learning and teaching practice with UK professional standards and professional values recognition.

KU 5 Apply learning and teaching principles to inform improvements within own professional setting and synthesise appropriate tools and methods to evaluate worth.

KU 6 Evidence scholarship in designing, undertaking and evaluating an educational research project informed by evidence and principles of best practice.

Intellectual Skills:

IS 1 Develop a critically informed approach to searching for and evaluating evidence, reflecting on the quality of the evidence, and synthesising the outcomes to inform clinical education practices  

IS 2 Use a range of educational strategies, tools, models and frameworks, critically reviewing their strengths and weaknesses to inform educational practice

IS 3 Engage with research, scholarship and practice and deal with complexities, contradictions, and gaps in the current evidence base, further develop independence of thought  

IS 4 Foster creativity, innovation and ethical practice in educational developments within clinical education 

Professional Practical Skills:

PS 1 Master the skills needed to be a life-long learner through the ability to robustly seek evidence, challenge evidence and introduce best evidence to influence clinical education.

PS 2 Navigate digital environments, familiarisation with Learning Central, study skill and library resources, Grade Centre and Turnitin

PS 3 Synthesise concepts in order to further develop personal and professional practice

PS 4 Apply professional self-awareness and self-reflection to your own professional development in ways that enhance your practice.  

PS 5 Demonstrate effective communication skills in a postgraduate student arena.

Transferable/Key Skills:

KS 1 Evidence commitment to lifelong learning, engaging in the process of post graduate study, demonstrating scholarship, integrity and accountability.

KS 2 Plan, organise and manage coursework effectively, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality.

KS 3 Apply your educational skills to provide constructive feedback to learners and colleagues and respond to educational challenges and opportunities.

KS 4 Manage effectively yourself, learners and the educational environment.

KS 5 Communicate accurately, clearly and concisely in a variety of approaches, using a range of media to a variety of audiences.

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.

Learn how we decide your fee status

Fees for home status

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £4,475 None
Year two £4,475 None
Year three £1,492 None

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2024/25 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Fees for island status

Learn more about the postgraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Fees for overseas status

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £5,900 £2,500
Year two £5,900 None
Year three £1,967 None

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

You will need to be able to access the internet on a regular basis in order to engage with your programme.

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.


Postgraduate loans

If you are starting your master’s degree in September 2024 or later, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan to support your study at Cardiff University.

Career prospects

Professionals have joined the course from around the world.  Many graduates use the insights gained on the course to introduce innovations to their day to day teaching, whilst others go on to higher level roles and responsibilities to lead and promote excellence in learning and teaching at national and international levels.

Here’s what some of our graduates have to say about how they have benefitted professionally from studying this course:

“I couldn’t recommend the course at Cardiff University more highly to help you achieve your educational and research goals.  I now sit on the National Intern Curriculum Development Board, using all the skills I have learned on the MSc programme.” 
Mark Hohenberg, Physician, Care of the Elderly

“I would highly recommend the degree to other colleagues, especially as the regulations for becoming a medical educator are going to become much tighter.” 
Aenone Harper

“The course balanced theory and research with practical elements that I could incorporate into my daily teaching.”
Victoria Tippet

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HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.