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Medical Education

Our e-learning Educational Media and Technologies and Assessing Learning modules from the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education can be studied individually as standalone courses.

Standalone modules are an excellent way to enhance your knowledge and contribute to your continuing professional development portfolio. Successful completion of each module will provide you with institutional credit, but the standalone modules listed here are not designed to build towards a specific award (e.g. PgCert/PgDip/MSc). If you are interested in study leading to a named award, please view our Medical Education Msc and PgDip.

They will improve understanding of educational principles and approaches and enhance the ability to apply them in context. The courses will appeal to educational supervisors, clinical supervisors and trainers, as well as those who are looking for a quality, accredited experience in a specific area.

Each course is facilitated by online tutors and features interactive discussions with other students. The CATS points from these short courses can be used towards the total 60 CATS required for the Postgraduate Certificate. The CATS points must be used within three years.


  • formative: tutor and peer feedback
  • summative: assignment – production of an interactive workbook and justification


To provide you with the skills to design, develop and critically analyse educational media and technologies in order to enhance the learning-teaching process.

  • educational design principles
  • practical applications
  • development of learning resources
  • technical innovations in clinical education

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically analyse the educational and technological appropriateness of different types of educational media and technologies
  • select instructional media for appropriate learning tasks by considering relevant educational and technological principles
  • apply educational theories to the design of a variety of instructional media for the effective delivery of educational messages

Methods of learning and teaching

  • a variety of in-text activities and online group activities, for example
    • discussion group sessions analysing media design principles and uses
    • engaging with literature on media design theory, research and good practice
    • assignment task linked to practice

Indicative content

  • educational media as instructional text, audio, video, computer mediated, anatomical models and simulators
  • role and purposes of educational media
  • learning theory to inform media use and design
  • technologies to support learning eg multimedia, managed learning environments, student response systems
  • media design and development


  • formative: tutor and peer feedback
  • summative: assignment task linked to individual practice


To undertake a critical evaluation of the purpose, design, application and interpretation of a range of assessment methods available to clinical educators:

  • assessment principles and frameworks
  • methods and approaches for assessing learning
  • strategies for improving workplace assessments

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically analyse the factors influencing the processes and outcomes of assessment
  • evaluate new approaches to address specific assessment issues within clinical environments
  • appraise strategies for improving the reliability and validity of differing assessment methods and apply strategies for improvement
  • critically analyse the design, use and application of a range of assessment methods
  • analyse a specific assessment method within a healthcare environment, and apply the principles of assessment to develop and justify strategies for improvement

Methods of learning and teaching

  • a variety of in-text activities and on-line group interactions
  • critical reflection on assessment experiences
  • engaging with literature on assessment theory, research and good practice
  • independent study and reading

Indicative content

  • assessment type, functions and role
  • developing assessments (eg blueprinting, timing and frequency)
  • assessment principles:
    • validity
    • reliability
    • educational impact
    • acceptability
  • assessment approaches:
    • written assessments (eg essays and projects, MCQ and EMQs)
    • workplace-based assessments (eg mCEX, CbD, MSF)

We reserve the right to cancel the delivery of a standalone module. This could happen if a course is under-subscribed or if there is a change in circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have minimum student numbers required before they can run. This is to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered. When this happens we will issue a full or partial refund depending on whether any classes took place.

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a good first degree or  a professional or other qualification acceptable to Cardiff University in a relevant discipline.

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the university's English Language requirements.

How to apply

Please contact our Postgraduate Taught Medical Admissions Team at for details on how to apply.

Funding and fees

Please check our tuition fees pages for these programmes.

Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team

School of Medicine