Postgraduate Diploma Medical Education (Online Delivery)

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
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8

Module 1 - The practice of medical education
Aim of the module:
To develop a critical understanding of the context of medical education in the broader profession of education which puts focus on patient care.
Synopsis of module content:

●      Learning and teaching theories
●      Learning and teaching methods
●      Lesson planning
●      Practical skills for teaching online learning: Indivduals; small and large groups
●      Practical skills for teaching online learning
●      Current topics and controversies

On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
Critical understanding of teaching methods and theories for the application of learning
Critical understanding of the importance of medical education and how to put the focus on patient care.

Module 2 - Assessment
Aim of the module:
To develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of assessment in medical education.
Synopsis of module content:

●      Performance /Testing
●      Formative assessment
●      Summative assessment
●      Constructing an assessment (case study)
●      Supervision and feedback (appraisal)
●      Current topics/controversies

On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
Critically analyse a range of assessment methodologies
Critically apply formative and summative assessment to the field of medical education.

Module 3 - Evaluation
Aim of the module:
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the different types of evaluation.
Synopsis of module content:

●      Regulatory context of Medical Education
●      Moore’s levels
●      Programme evaluation
●      Case Studies
●      Current topics and controversies

On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the different models of evaluation
Apply evaluation into practice to improve education for patient care.

Module 4 - Media
Aim of the module:
Develop an in-depth understanding of how to incorporate a variety of digital programmes into medical education.
Synopsis of module content:

●      Educational media and technology (media in the context of lesson planning)
●      Presentation skills
●      Simulation (Augmented Reality/virtual Reality)
●      Big data, big “clinical” data
●      Emerging technologies; Ubiquitous web Internet of Things, mobile, digital ecology.

On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
Justify and critically evaluate the role of media in medical education
Critically evaluate emerging technologies in medical education.

Module 5 - Leadership
Aim of the module:
To develop an in depth understanding of the importance of effective leadership to help improve patient care.
Synopsis of module content:

●      Leadership
●      Monitoring the performance of healthcare professionals
●      Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) domains
●      Policy and strategy including interprofessional learning and compliance with the disability and dyslexia act
●      Ethics
●      Scholarship

On completion of this module the student should be able to:
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of AoME professional standards for medical educators
Critically evaluate the role of a leader in medical education

Module 6 - Curriculum
Aim of the module:
To develop the skills and knowledge to plan a curriculum as a medical educator.
Synopsis of module content:

●      Curriculum planning and application
●     Programmes of learning (theories, curricular design, QA, assessment methods, evaluation)
●     Service user involvement

On completion of this module the student should be able to:
1.     Take responsibility for planning and developing a course curriculum
2.    Critically evaluate a medical education curriculum from various perspectives


The Postgraduate Diploma Medical Education course is worth 120 credits and comprises of six modules, each of six weeks’ duration. 

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.


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.

  • Academic Forum - 40%
  • Reflective Journal - 10%
  • Group/individual activity - 20%
  • Case based examination - 30%


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


  • Dr Richard Chudleigh, Course Director
  • Angela Sims, USW

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.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

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

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

August 2020 - July 2021 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 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education provides healthcare professionals with the theory needed to prepare current and future generations of healthcare professionals.