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

Study medical education and find your future as a Medical Educator.

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?

This optional module is part of the Cert/Dip/Masters Medical Education programme – Simulation for Healthcare Education and Practice (SHEP).

This module will be available for students to take in January 2020. The aim of this module is to develop and consolidate students’ understanding/interpretation of simulation to promote and support its application in healthcare education and practice. Currently there is a compulsory face to face component for the simulation module delivered in the Dundee Institute for Healthcare SimulationFurther details of this can provided on enquiry.

This specialist post graduate certificate will enable you to analyse teaching and learning opportunities while proposing new, enhanced approaches for learner engagement and trainee development through extending your knowledge and skills as a medical educator using simulation as an educational strategy.


Flexible course

Gain a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters

Medical education students

In 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).

  • The 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 Higher Education 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
  • Our 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

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 through an online virtual learning environment and incorporate a range of interactive teaching activities.
  • 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 of notional study which is built around tutor-delivered material, peer interaction, directed self-study and assignments.
  • Currently there is a face to face component for the simulation module. Further details on enquiry.
  • The programme commences with a tutor supported online orientation module which promotes familiarity with the tools, processes and facilities available to you during your academic journey with us.
  • Aspects of the delivered material is asynchronous, allowing you to plan your own timetable of study.

How you will be assessed

  • Each module is assessed via submission of written assignments, and in the case of the Simulation for Healthcare Education and Practice (SHEP) module sharing recordings of student simulation experiences.  There are no exams.
  • Your assignments will be contextualised to your own setting allowing you to demonstrate the application of theory, concepts, principles and practices of simulation based education to your own work-based practice.
  • We encourage you to critically reflect and evaluate your own learning and to work with your peers, providing feedback to each other on your self-evaluation, as well receiving tutor feedback on all aspects of your formative and summative assignments.
  • Students can undertake much of the 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.

Hearing practical advice of how to set up and run simulation based education from people who have done it and studied it. Opportunity to apply this advice within small group simulation activities and gain feedback on that.

Current student

What you will study

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

  • Learning & Teaching in Medical Education (20 credits)
  • Principles of Assessment in Medical Education (20 credits)
  • Simulation for Healthcare Education and Practice (20 credits)

The two core modules establish principles of teaching, learning and assessment. Each module is 12 weeks long and our modules will have start dates in January, May or September of each year. The SHEP module will become available for students to take from January 2020 and will probably run once a year subject to demand.

The indicative content of the SHEP module includes; the theoretical basis of simulation; the evidence base for its use in enhancing safe healthcare practice; developing learning outcomes for simulation events; facilitation, and immersion, feedback and debriefing in simulation, and is intended to enhance participant’s confidence and competence in the use of simulation for education and practice.

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) Medical Education (Simulation) (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 practitioner with an interest in simulation based education, this module will advance your knowledge and skills through exploration of your teaching practice in relation to contemporary theory, principles and evidence which underpin successful teaching in simulation.

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

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.

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.

Download Medical Education Application Form

We are now accepting applications for January 2019. Applications should be submitted by Friday 2 November 2018.

To apply, download and complete the application form then email it, along with all supporting documentation to: cmecourses@dundee.ac.uk

Course Contact

Mrs Susan Somerville
+44 (0)1382 381958