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Medical Education PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Health Care / Medicine Teaching / Training Health Education

Course type


Course Summary

Our programme will appeal to those wishing to explore the issues fundamental to effective health professions education in a dynamic, stimulating and supportive setting. The Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education is committed to promoting excellence in learning and teaching for health professionals. Having established the first Masters in Medical Education in the UK, we continue to lead, providing innovative programmes for all medical, dental and health professionals who aim to professionalise the role of the clinician as teacher. It recognises the diverse, complex and challenging contexts of both those new to educator roles and responsibilities and those with considerable years of experience. The overall aim of the course is to develop a community of educators committed to promote improvements in both ‘what’ and ‘how’ we teach future healthcare professionals.

The course is highly practical and aims to model best practice in learning and teaching and draws upon a wide range of innovative approaches to learner support and development. The course is organised into a series of modules that usually last two days each followed by a period of independent study. The first session of each two-day unit is a synthesis of the previous module and the independent study period. This three stage process develops and clarifies understanding of the module topic, gives the opportunity and time to apply new concepts and skills, and concludes by allowing reflection on and sharing of experiences and insights with colleagues. The culmination of the programme is a practical teaching project, a student-led symposium on a contemporary issue in medical education. A comprehensive menu of face-to-face modules will enable you to contribute to critical dialogues that promote deeper insights into educational theory and principles applied to clinical practice. The course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy, conferring Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. The course is also aligned to the Academy of Medical Educators professional standards enabling you to apply for recognition of the Academy of Medical Educators.

Different course options

Full time | Cardiff University | 1 year | 18-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Assessing learning is one of the key roles of an educator. It is the way we judge the competence of our future colleagues, and therefore essential to professional integrity. Additionally, assessment is often the most influential force driving student learning. Student-centred teaching methods, problem-based curricula and innovative uses of teaching media seem to have relatively little effect on learning outcomes in comparison. It is essential, that clinical educators choose appropriate assessments. To inform our decisions we need to understand the purpose of assessment, be familiar with a range of assessment methods and be able to select, implement and interpret assessments. In this module we aim to identify the essential characteristics of a variety of assessment techniques. We will consider the appropriate use of assessment methods in a variety of educational and clinical settings to ensure measurements are both reliable and valid, and deliberate on issues relating to feasibility and acceptability.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Applicants should also hold an initial degree from an approved University, or other qualification/proof of educational ability. In your application you will need to demonstrate your interest/involvement in learning and teaching in healthcare contexts.

University information

Cardiff University is the oldest university in the capital of Wales. This vibrant and diverse Russell Group university has over 31,000 students, 8,455 of which are postgraduate students and nearly 8,000 are international students, coming from over 180 countries. The University is renowned for research-led teaching and cultivates a stimulating academic environment where cutting-edge research can be produced. The University was ranked 5th in...more

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