Postgraduate Diploma Medical Education

Healthcare professionals are increasingly required to have formally recognised teaching qualifications. Delivered with our partner Diploma MSc, the postgraduate diploma is aimed at healthcare professionals involved in any form of medical teaching. This online part time distance learning diploma is specially developed for busy healthcare professionals such as Doctors, GPs, healthcare professionals and those with related undergraduate degrees such as pharmacists. 

The Medical Education course will develop a critical knowledge and understanding, and application of medical education. On completion, graduates will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of specific issues at the forefront of theory and practice in medical education; be able to critically evaluate medical education theories and principles to inform educational practice; demonstrate awareness of advanced knowledge in educational methods and practice, and display a critical understanding of the intricacies of adult pedagogy.

Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Years September On Line 8
Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Years March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Years September On Line 8
  • The practice of medical education (20 credits)
    To develop a critical understanding of the context of medical education in the broader profession of education which puts focus on patient care

  • Assessment (20 credits)
    To develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of assessment in medical education

  • Evaluation (20 credits)
    Develop a comprehensive understanding of the different types of evaluation.
  • Media (20 credits)
    Develop an in-depth understanding of how to incorporate a variety of digital programmes into medical education 

  • Leadership (20 credits)
    To develop an in depth understanding of the importance of effective leadership to help improve patient care

  • Curriculum (20 credits)
    To develop the skills and knowledge to plan a curriculum as a medical educator.

 

Teaching

The Postgraduate Diploma Medical Education course is worth 120 credits and comprises of six modules, each of six weeks’ duration. It starts with a one day residential induction of clinically focussed teaching at the University’s Glyntaff campus.

The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

  • Scientific writing
  • Levels of evidence
  • Harvard referencing
  • Reflective writing

Each easy-to-use online module will last six weeks, using real life case problems linked to forum based discussions, a reflective portfolio, group activities and a case-based examination. Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios.

Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice. 

The fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.

Assessment

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care.

The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process. Each of the six modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis). 

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who facilitates clinical case discussions with the group; monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module. Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities.

  • Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
  • Individual learning portfolio - 10%
  • Group/individual activity - 20%
  • Case based examination - 30%

Facilities

As part of your studies you will have access to over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles and conference proceedings.

Admission to the course is typically through the following qualifications:

  • First degree or equivalent (including international qualifications).
  • Relevant professional healthcare (e.g. doctor, nurse) qualifications.

Those without recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. The RPL process is in line with the University of South Wales’ Regulations and students seeking to access this mechanism will submit evidence to the Course Director at Learna Ltd. The portfolio will subsequently be examined in liaison with the Course Lead at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.

Language requirements for overseas applicants are in line with USW requirements for postgraduate study.

This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement 

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