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

For health professionals, both new to teaching and those wanting to further their skills and knowledge in their educational role, giving you a choice of three exit points.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

This online course is designed 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:

  • Academy of Medical Educators

We also offer a full-time face-to-face Medical Education course which is delivered in Dundee.  


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

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

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 course assignments, which vary in number, length and task. There are no examinations.

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 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.







We offer several specialist routes at certificate level. These include:



*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 Associate Professor of Medical Education and Deputy Principal for Academic Affairs at St Francis University College of Health and Allied Sciences.

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 May 2020. Applications should be submitted by Monday 9th March 2020.

Download application form

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

Course Contact

Dr Sean McAleer
+44 (0)1382 381775