Medical Education (Part Time Distance Learning) MMEd (and degree combinations)

  • For Entry: January | May | September
  • Duration: 24 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning
PLEASE NOTE: This course is subject to approval by the University senate and is not yet open for applications.

The Centre for Medical Education offers three online distance learning courses in Medical Education: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters. Our courses are aimed at those new to teaching and training and those who wish to gain further skills and knowledge in the area of medical education. Graduates of the Medical Education programmes in Dundee are world leaders in medical education.

Medical Education

Our programmes are aimed at healthcare professionals who wish to gain a prestigious University qualification in Medical Education, mapped to the frameworks of the Higher Education Academy and the Academy of Medical Educators.

Medical Education Distance Learning

Why study Medical Education at Dundee?

The Centre for Medical Education (CME) in Dundee has over 30 years' experience of delivering courses for health care professionals. We pride ourselves in the quality of the material we produce and take and interactive approach to learning. Our tutors, administrators and technical staff have a wealth of experience which is reflected in the presentation and content of the courses.

Our programmes are aimed at healthcare professionals who wish to gain a prestigious University qualification in Medical Education, mapped to the frameworks of the Higher Education Academy and the Academy of Medical Educators.

Our online courses are geared for the 21st Century learner, with the material based on best evidence education. Graduates are equipped with a strong pedagogical foundation and understanding of key trends and innovations of Medical Education. Assessments are authentic and contextualised to suit the participants' workplace setting.

What's so good about Medical Education at Dundee?

The programme is flexible with three intakes per year.  Students study modules for twelve weeks commencing in January, May and September of each year.  

  • Modules cover relevant themes within Medical Education
  • Online delivery and marking incorporates the latest learning tools
  • Regular feedback is provided as well as tutor interaction
  • Formative assessments
  • A wide range of optional modules to suit your own learning requirements
  • Innovative learning experiences
  • Tailored modules in certain specialties
  • The Certificate is accredited by the AoME

What our students Say

  • "I have been teaching my colleagues on ward rounds and in teaching presentations for at least ten years now, but just doing a small part of the degree, the first module, has shown me where I had been lacking and how I can improve myself. I have changed my teaching styles by using more hands on teaching, remembering to ask my students to reflect on what they have learnt and reflecting on my own teaching. I believe that medical education at Dundee is the way forward, and feel enthusiastic to continue through this fascinating degree." Amar Bhat 

Our postgraduate programmes in Medical Education are delivered via an innovative e-learning environment incorporating a range of exciting interactive teaching and assessment techniques.  These resources enable peer and tutor interaction and include podcasts, blogs, discussion boards, webinars, video clips, formative feedback and more.

Students on these courses are supported by an online introductory induction programme which promotes familiarity with the tools, processes and facilities available to students during their academic journey with us. 

We embrace the ‘social’ dimension of our online courses.  Course participants, tutors and administrators have regular contact with each other, enhancing the learning experience.  The course has a nurturing learning climate – one that caters for a variety of learning needs and styles. 

  1. Postgraduate Certificate (60-credits) will equip practitioners to be teachers driven by a strong pedagogical and evidence-based approach.  It consists of three 20-credit modules – two core (Learning and Teaching in Medical Education and The Principles of Assessment in Medical Education) plus one optional core module.
  2. Postgraduate Diploma (an additional 60-credits, total 120-credits) will equip practitioners to be leaders in medical education.  It consists of an additional three 20-credit modules - one core (either Leadership in Healthcare & Healthcare Education or Curriculum Planning & Evaluation) and two additional optional modules.  Those students wishing to progress to the Masters will be required to study the Research in Medical Education optional module as an additional core.
  3. Masters (an additional 60-credits, total 180-credits) will equip practitioners to be educational researchers utilising rigorous and diverse methodologies to answer innovative and original questions.  It will consist of a 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation.



  • Learning and Teaching in Medical Education
  • Principles of Assessment in Medical Education
  • Leadership in Healthcare & Healthcare Education*
  • Curriculum Planning & Evaluation *
  • Medical Education Research
  • Dissertation Module



  • Clinical Skills and Simulation for Education and Practice
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Assessing Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes
  • Professionalism in Medical Education
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Education Support and Resilience
  • Faculty Development in the Health Professions



  • Medical Education for Surgical Trainers
  • Medical Education for Anaesthetists
  • Medical Education for General Practitioners
  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Radiology
  • Medical Education for Oncologists 


*Students must have completed either Leadership in Healthcare & Healthcare Education OR Curriculum Planning & Evaluation to be awarded the Diploma

Each module is assessed via written assignments, which vary in number, length and task.  Students self-review their work in line with good pedagogical principles of assessment before submitting their work. Tutors feed back formatively on this self-review and summatively on the assignment, thus entering a feedback dialogue.

Completion of the Certificate, Diploma and/or Masters in Medical Education helps with career progression for healthcare professionals at different levels of their training. Recent examples include:

  • Dr Martin Wohlin, subsequently appointed Head of the Unit for Medical Education in Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • Dr Haitham El Bingawi, subsequently appointed Head of the Medical Education Unit at the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan.
  • Dr Senga Pemba, subsequently appointed as the Director of the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health.

Year of Entry: 2016

Candidates must have obtained a first degree in a healthcare discipline or other equivalent qualification acceptable to the Course Director.

EU and International students

For entry requirements tailored to your home country visit the Your Country pages.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.


English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year.  These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.  Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme  (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.

Fee statusFees for students starting 2015/16
Scottish, Rest of UK and EU students £2,700 (PGCert), £5,400 (PGDip), £8,100 (MMEd)
Overseas students (non-EU) £2,700 (PGCert), £5,400 (PGDip), £8,100 (MMEd)
Fee statusFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish, Rest of UK and EU students £2,800 (PGCert), £5,600 (PGDip), £8,400 (MMEd)
Overseas students (non-EU) £2,800 (PGCert), £5,600 (PGDip), £8,400 (MMEd)

Applications for this Medical Education Programme are due to open in December 2015 for a January, May or September 2016 start date.  If you are interested in joining the Medical Education Programme in 2016 please email to note your interest, providing your name, email address and the programme of study you are interested in.  The University will be in contact with all interested parties in early December to notify them when applications open.

Course Contact
CME Courses Office
+44 (0) 1382 381952

Course Contact

Dr Sean (John) McAleer
+44 (0)1382 381950