• For Entry: January | May | September
  • Duration: 12-24 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

For general practitioners with an active interest or involvement in general practice training.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Do you see yourself as a future leader in medical education? Someone who will adapt and shape the way we train healthcare professionals across the globe?

Designed by General Practitioners, for general practitioners and endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners this specialist certificate will enable you to analyse everyday teaching and learning opportunities while proposing new, enhanced approaches to trainee development through extending your knowledge and skills as a general practitioner trainer.

 

Flexible course

Gain a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters

Medical education students

At the Centre for Medical Education at the University of Dundee we’ve been enabling medical educators to reach their goals and train healthcare professionals of the future for over 40 years. We deliver wide-ranging courses aimed at those new to teaching and training and those who wish to advance their skills and knowledge in medical education and we pride ourselves in the quality of our interactive and engaging courses.

Our flexible courses have seen over 3,500 students graduate with a Certificate, Diploma or Masters in Medical Education. Based on a modular structure the medical education course has three award levels (Certificate, Diploma and Masters). The Postgraduate Certificate is accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).

  • Course content has been developed to meet the needs of today’s health care educators
  • Students have full access to the University of Dundee online library, and can apply for access to other UK HE libraries
  • The course offers busy health professionals flexibility by allowing for planned breaks between modules
  • The timetable of a wide range of modules allows students to plan their own route through the course
  • The latest online learning tools are used to promote an interactive learning style and a range of assessment techniques
  • Each module is 12 weeks long. All materials are available from day 1, allowing flexible study
  • The programme has three intakes per year starting January, May and September.
  • Regular feedback is provided including formative tasks and tutor / peer interaction
  • There is no compulsory teaching or required visits to Dundee and any optional online classes are recorded for later access
  • CME tutors come from a wide range of backgrounds including education, psychology, medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health professions and the health sciences
  • Should you wish you can progress to a Diploma in Medical Education and Masters in Medical Education

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

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

  • All teaching on our postgraduate programmes in Medical Education is delivered through an online virtual learning environment and incorporates a range of exciting interactive teaching.
  • These resources enable regular peer and tutor interaction and include podcasts, blogs, discussion boards, webinars, video clips and formative feedback.
  • Each module is 200 hours notional study which is built around tutor-delivered material, peer discussion, directed self-study and assignments.
  • You are supported with an online induction module which promotes familiarity with the tools, processes and facilities available to you during your academic journey with us.
  • The majority of the material is asynchronous, allowing you to plan your own timetable of study.

How you will be assessed

  • Each module is assessed via written assignments – there are no exams.
  • Your assignments will be contextualised to your own setting allowing you to demonstrate the application of theory, concepts and principles to your own work-based practice.
  • We encourage you to self-evaluate and critically reflect on your learning with your tutor proving feedback on your self-evaluation as well as your final assignment.
  • Students can undertake work in their own time in accordance with their schedule working to the fixed final assessment deadline(s) for each module intake.
  • The summative assignment submission deadline is in week 12 for each 20 credit module.

What you will study

This specialist Certificate is composed of three 20-credit modules:

  1. Learning & Teaching in Medical Education (20 credits)
  2. Principles of Assessment in Medical Education (20 credits)
  3. Medical Education for General Practitioners (20 credits)

The first two modules establish core principles of teaching, learning and assessment. The specialist module includes the role of reflection in learning, the consultation, learning from patients, one-to-one training, offering feedback and the assessment of students and trainees.

Delivered through an online learning environment each module is 12 weeks long and modules start in January, May and September of each year. The specialist general practice module runs only once a year, in May.

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) Medical Education (General Practitioners) (60 Credits)

The first module all students study. You will develop your ability to critique and design principles of effective learning and teaching, and apply them to your own professional context.

You’ll gain an understanding of the principles of assessment, including self and peer assessment, and will develop the knowledge and skills to draw up assessment blueprints and standard setting techniques.

As a general practitioner, this will advance your skills through exploration of your own teaching practice in relation to contemporary theory, principles and evidence which underpin successful teaching in the general practice/primary care context. You can find a little more information from the Director of the Centre for Medical Education and General Practitioner.

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Professor Mairi Scott, Director of CME

Many CME graduates have become world leaders in medical education and the course has also aided 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.

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
online distance learner

My studies with the Centre for Medical Education have taught me to reflect and do so critically, to read more ad in depth, to know and interact with my peers and students in a healthier and encouraging manner.

Nada Gami
Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Online Distance Learner

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

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are 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.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

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 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £3,300 per 60 credits
Rest of UK students £3,300 per 60 credits
International students (non-EU) £3,300 per 60 credits
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £3,465 per 60 credits
Rest of UK students £3,465 per 60 credits
International students (non-EU) £3,465 per 60 credits
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

We are now accepting applications for January 2020. Applications should be submitted by Friday 1 November 2019.

Download application form

Please complete the application form and email it to cmecourses@dundee.ac.uk