Medical Education (Part Time Distance Learning) MMEd

  • For Entry: January | May | September
  • Duration: 24 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

This course is design for those:

  • new to teaching and training 
  • who wish to gain further skills and knowledge in the area of medical education. 

We have over 30 years experience delivering courses for health care professionals. We pride ourselves in the quality of the material and our learning is interactive. Our tutors, administrators and technical staff have a wealth of experience.

Our course has been mapped to the frameworks of the:

  • Higher Education Academy
  • Academy of Medical Educators.

Flexible course

Gain a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters

We pride ourselves in the quality of the material we produce. We also take and interactive approach to learning. Our staff have a wealth of experience. The presentation and content of the courses reflects this.

Our online course material has been based on best evidence education. Assessments are contextualised to suit the participants' workplace setting.

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

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

How you will be taught

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. 

How you will be assessed

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.

What you will study

  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

Completion of the Certificate, Diploma or Masters can help you with career progression. 

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 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 10 week Pre-Sessional programme provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS.

The 5 week Pre-Sessional programme 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 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)

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Course Contact

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