• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Full Time

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 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 an online version of this course. 

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


Flexible course

Gain a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters

Medical education students
  • The programme is flexible with three exit points
  • Modules cover relevant themes within Medical Education
  • Integrated online delivery and marking incorporates the latest learning tools
  • Regular feedback is provided as well as tutor interaction
  • Formative assessments
  • Innovative learning experiences
  • The Certificate is accredited by 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 both face to face and 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.

How you will be assessed

Each module is assessed via course assignments, which vary in number, length and task. There are no examinations.

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What you will study

  Duration Module Structure

PG Cert
60 credits

4 months 3 modules
PG Dip
120 credits
8 Months 6 modules
180 credits
12 months 6 modules + dissertation

Core Modules:
(subject to change)

Learning and Teaching in Medical Education

  • compare and contrast the major pedagogic theories and principles of Learning and Teaching
  • apply educational theories to develop a pedagogically robust lesson plan contextualised to their own environment
  • critically reflect on their own developmental needs as teachers
  • critically appraise evaluation tools in the educational environment
  • critically engage with feedback dialogue

Principles of Assessment in Medical Education

  • Critically evaluate assessment methods
  • Design self-assessment/peer assessment exercises
  • Demonstrate standard setting techniques
  • Critically evaluate feedback scenarios

Medical Education Research

  • Summarise medical education research approaches and appraise the role of theory within education research
  • Critically explore key ethical considerations in medical education research
  • Critically evaluate key methods (data collection and data analysis) in medical education research
  • Create a theoretically informed, coherent and rigorous medical education research proposal

Curriculum Planning and Evaluation

  • Examine critically the theoretical underpinnings of the concept: ‘curriculum’
  • Critically appraise the information related to curriculum theory, principles and trends and apply in the design of a curriculum
  • Appraise how quality assurance and quality enhancement are considered in curriculum design
  • Develop an original proposal for curriculum evaluation that is relevant to their own context and illustrates critical awareness of current issues in evaluation

Leadership in Healthcare and Healthcare Education

  • Critically appraise current theoretical perspectives related to leadership
  • Explore and critically reflect on change management principles and the application of theory into practice
  • Critically evaluate the different facets of leadership and how they apply to the workplace
  • Synthesise their learning in order to create and deliver a plan for change within their own workplace context

Self-directed Learning: Opportunities for Applying Theory to Practice

  • Demonstrate learning from a diverse range of learning/teaching experiences in the context of health professional education, evidencing a critical understanding of underpinning theories and principles.
  • Identify and negotiate learning opportunities designed to bridge and advance a critical perspective on the theory and practice of health professional education, developing original and creative responses to problems and issues identified.
  • Critically reflect on personal experiences of supporting learning and clearly articulate related learning.
  • Develop a strategy for initiating and sustaining best practice in health professional education in their own work context, evidencing informed judgement and substantial autonomy.


  • Develop and apply a literature search strategy
  • Synthesize the literature into a coherent and critical account of the relevant published literature
  • Critically select and apply method(s) to generate, collate and analyse research data
  • Critically appraise key findings, including recognising weaknesses
  • Present and defend the chosen methodology, analysis and conclusions
  • Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in planning and executing a significant project of research, investigation or development

Who will teach you

A list of Centre for Medical Education Staff can be found on the School of Medicine web pages.

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.

I am privileged to be an alumni of University of Dundee-Centre for Medical Education. The Masters degree that I received transformed my personality; I am an autonomous and self-directed person able to continue to learn as I pursue higher qualifications.

As a Program Manager in charge of Training at Amref Health Africa in Nairobi, I have continued to apply my knowledge and skills in transforming communities and health workers in joint collaboration with the Ministry of Health, development partners, private organisations and training institutions in order to bring a lasting positive health change in Kenya.

Anastasiah Nyamilu

I appreciate the flexibility and encouragement I have received from all the teachers at Dundee in helping me to progress with my training. I  have seen significant growth in my professional capabilities as a teacher and leader in my department's G.P. doctor training program because of each one of the modules in my Dundee studies thus far.

The curriculum planning module was able to help lead a team consultation to write provincial guidelines for G.P. training last year in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and World Bank. Only time will tell, but we hope these guidelines will provide a transformative stimulus to improve the quality of training and therefore our population's healthcare.

Timothy Stephens
United States

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 £12,000 per year of study
Rest of UK students £12,000 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £15,300 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students MMEd: £12,600 PGDip: £8,400 PGCert: £4,200
Rest of UK students MMEd: £12,600 PGDip: £8,400 PGCert: £4,200
International students (non-EU) MMEd: £16,065 PGDip: £10,710 PGCert: £5,355
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

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

Course Contact

Dr Sean (John) McAleer
+44 (0)1382 381775