Medical Education (PgCert)
- Duration: 1 year
- Mode: Part time distance learning
Why study this course
This Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education is an e-learning course, offering build-up of study credit via a three-stage, progressive course delivered online.
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education programme is committed to promoting excellence in learning and teaching for health professionals It is for all medical, dental and other health professionals who aim to professionalise the role of the clinician as teacher.
This part-time distance-learning programme leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education. This is stage 1 of a three-stage, progressive course and those who successfully complete it may apply to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc stages.
The programme recognises the diverse, complex and challenging contexts of both those new to educator roles and responsibilities and those with considerable years of experience. The overall aim of the course is to develop a community of educators committed to promote improvements in both ‘what’ and ‘how’ we teach future healthcare professionals.
The course is highly practical and aims to model best practice in learning and teaching and draws upon a wide range of innovative approaches to learner support and development. The course is organised into a series of modules that involve interactive activities delivered within an online environment. These activities are conducted within groups, each one being facilitated by an online tutor. This affords an opportunity to explore the module topic through discussion and clarification of understanding and also gives the opportunity and time to apply new learning through the online discussions, tasks, webinars and assignments. Through this there is ample time to reflect on own practise and to share experiences and new insights with colleagues. This is a truly interactive programme.
Please be aware that this course is very popular. Early application is therefore encouraged.
- Benefit from our longstanding expertise and more than two decades of experience of running medical education courses that integrate research and scholarship
- An optional 'Fellowship Pathway' is Accredited by Advance HE and is available alongside year 1 of study enabling you to seek FHEA status in addition to the academic award. Successful completion of the PGCME Fellowship Pathway involves evidence of engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF).
- Accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) and aligned to GMC Trainer criteria
- Specifically designed for clinicians and healthcare professionals, with flexibility to meet your individual needs and circumstances
- Assessment tasks linked to your own educational practise, allowing you to apply theory and concepts to your clinical setting
- Opportunity to study alongside healthcare professionals from diverse backgrounds to promote understanding and sharing of good practice
- Support from an academic team of dedicated educationalists, active in professional associations who have a breadth of experience both nationally and internationally
- Positioned within Cardiff University School of Medicine and located at University Hospital of Wales, we are well placed to support the education and training of clinicians and clinical educators
We're committed to delivering programmes that are innovative and relevant, providing the best learning outcomes and career prospects for our students. In light of this, we're currently reviewing some elements of this programme. As such, the details shown are subject to change and indicative only. You can still apply now. We'll update this page and contact all offer holders when the review is complete to confirm any changes.
Typically, you will need to have either:
- an honours degree in a healthcare-related field, or an equivalent international degree
- a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification
- or be working in a healthcare-related field and hold professional registration with a recognised body.
English Language requirements:
IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.
Other essential requirements:
This prgramme has been designed for teachers, trainers, educational supervisors, course coordinators, clinical, and college tutors so you will also need to demonstrate your interest/involvement in learning and teaching in healthcare contexts via the personal statement. This should cover details of your teaching, assessment, and related educational responsibilities.In your personal statement tell us why you wish to follow this programme, 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:
1. What experience do you have as a health professional? You should have at least one years' post-graduation general medical experience.
2. Why do you wish to follow this course?
3. What post-qualification experience do you have of teaching as a health professional?
4. What current involvement in teaching within your health profession do you have?
We allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as early as possible.
We will review your application and teaching experience and if you meet 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.
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
- freedom of movement
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
The Postgraduate Certificate is a one year programme. You will be required to engage with online learning materials within tutor-facilitated groups throughout the academic year (October to June). There is no requirement to attend, as all teaching will be delivered via e-learning.
We have a three week induction module to introduce the practise of Medical Education, familiarise you with the online learning platform, and facilitate initial contact with your peers, personal tutors and online tutors.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2023/24 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2023.
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?
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 and wikis and general engagement in debate and exploration with tutors and peer groups.
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 designing and producing some instructional media for a specific teaching need you identify, critically reviewing an assessment method you identify, reflecting on your experience of participating in peer review of teaching.
How will I be supported?
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 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.
At the start of the course you will complete a practice assignment, designed to help you appreciate the nature of the course requirements and inform your learning/development. In addition, you will receive formative feedback via the online discussions and contact from your personal tutor.
What skills will I practise and develop?
The overall aims of the course are to help you:
- Critically appraise both your own and others’ practice as clinical educators and educational leaders to enhance learning and teaching relationships with colleagues/trainees.
- Synthesise concepts in order to further enhance knowledge and understanding to initiate educational developments responsive to clinical education needs and challenges.
- Develop an ability to engage with research, scholarship and practice and deal with complexities, contradictions and gaps in the current evidence base.
- Develop the educational skills required to provide constructive feedback to learners.
More specifically the course aims to:
- Develop and formally recognise experience, skills and leadership in clinical education.
- Provide an understanding of educational theories, methods and practice across the clinical professions that inform current educational practice.
- Promote critical self-awareness and reflection on educational practice to inform educational change.
- Develop educational skills as a clinical educator and educational leader.
- Illustrate your understanding of concepts by designing, planning and delivering learner-centred sessions employing a range of educational strategies/principles.
- Achieve an understanding of how to create effective change in healthcare education.
- Provide skills to design, develop and critically analyse educational media and technologies in order to enhance the learning-teaching process.
- Promote a critical evaluation of the purpose, design, application and interpretation of a range of assessment methods available to clinical educators.
- Develop the educational skills required to provide constructive feedback to learners.
- Develop the knowledge and skills needed to be an educational evaluator in clinical contexts.
- Develop the knowledge required to design, implement and evaluate an educational event with coherence, integration and relevance.
- Provide an understanding of the philosophical orientations of educational research and a range of research methodologies to enable the selection and utilisation of appropriate strategies to design and conduct educational research.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Fees for home status
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2023/24 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
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
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.
If you also successfully complete the optional PGCME Fellowship Pathway to obtain FHEA status in addition to the academic award, a fee is payable to Advance HE - details can be found on the Advance HE website.
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.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
Health 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.
Postgraduate Certificate Alumni say…
“I have always been interested in medical education and recently developed this interest further by undertaking work as a tutor for medical students. Embarking on the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education seemed a natural progression. Since starting the course I feel that my teaching skills have improved significantly. The course has introduced me to educational theories that have deepened my understanding of what makes an effective teacher and of which teaching techniques offer the best results. The support offered through this online programme is excellent and provides constructive learning through remote access. Completing this programme has benefited me as a teacher, and has thereby enhanced the learning experience of my students.”
Llinos Roberts, GP Partner and Trainer
As a clinician I have always enjoyed teaching and the opportunity to complete a Welsh Deanery supported PCCE via distance learning with Cardiff University was the perfect way to cement my practice and allow me to develop as an educator. The PGCE is both stimulating and challenging. It covers all areas from educational theory through to assessment methods in 4 modules."
Lewys Richmond, ST6 Anaesthetic Trainee
“It is easy to follow and the online participation is very useful and stimulating. The work is broken up into modules and within the modules there are tasks that you are guided through. The online discussion with others is very helpful and reassuring. It helps to be able to actively discuss the work and the concepts being taught.”
Sian Elin Griffiths, GP Partner and Trainer
“I have found the course a real eye opener and very interesting, it will definitely change the way I approach my role as a clinical tutor.”
Una Man, Dentist
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.