The Medical Education Programme provides an opportunity for medical educators to gain a qualification that will be of practical value and relevance to them in their everyday work. The Programme has been designed to provide its students with opportunities to develop a scholarly approach to medical education and to acquire the expertise necessary for effective medical education in the context of their own educational roles, responsibilities and interests.
The part-time Certificate and Diploma are offered either by face-to-face teaching or by e-learning. The part-time Masters stage is currently just offered as face-to-face teaching.
Students progress on to the Diploma after successful completion of the Certificate, and the Masters after successful completion of the Diploma, though it is possible to study two stages in one year on our Accelerated Diploma (Certificate and Diploma in one year) or our Accelerated Masters (Diploma and Masters in one year). Please note that Accelerated study is only available on the face-to-face UK programme, not the e-learning programme.
The (FT) Masters is suitable for health care professionals who are taking a sabbatical or students who are taking a year out of the MBBS or BDS course to undertake an intercalated degree year. It is also appropriate for newly qualified health professionals or others who wish to develop an interest in medical education. All the modules (Certificate, Diploma and Masters) are delivered in semesters one and two, with the submission of the Advanced Study Module dissertation in semester three, at the end of August.
If you are a national of the European Economic Area or of Switzerland you do not require a visa or immigration permission to enter and remain in the UK while you are studying.If you are a national of a non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) country you will need to apply for entry clearance permission. If you are studying in the UK for more than six months you will need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa.
For the latest advice, visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.
Visa and immigration information is also available our International Office website.
The Certificate in Medical Education, and Full-Time Master of Medical Education, are accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for recognition under the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/learning-and-teaching-academy/alpine/UKPSF_2012_v2_050912_1044.pdf.
The Certificate Programme has been accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators. This means that those individuals completing the course successfully will be eligible to apply for full membership of the Academy of Medical Educators through the shortened assessment process. In order to do this, they will need to complete the online application at http://www.medicaleducators.org/Apply-for-recognition
One student from the 2016/17 academic year, and two students from the 2012/13 academic year, were rewarded for their hard work by becoming 'The Association for the Study of Medical Education's' (ASME) recipients of the Sir John Ellis Prize (SJE). The ‘SJE’ is an established and highly regarded national prize for excellence in a student generated research carried out within an intercalating year.
Along with a cash prize the students were invited to present their studies within a plenary session at ASME’s Annual Scientific Meeting.
Harry Preston won, in the 'intercalated category', for his study entitled 'Who do you think you are? PA student perceptions of professional identity formation '
Leigh Wilson won first prize for his study entitled 'Medical students’ perceptions of effective oral feedback in the clinical environment: Roles, relationships and learning' and the runner up was Chris Mysko for his study 'An exploration of medical students’ views on using Twitter for medical education'.
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Certificate (PT). This is suitable for members of the health professions who have clinical teaching or training responsibilities. You must have an undergraduate degree, or other equivalent qualifications, related to your professional role. We welcome applicants who do not have a degree, but have equivalent professional qualifications, as long as you work in a relevant field and have two years' post-qualification experience.
Diploma (PT) This is for applicants who have already completed the Certificate in Medical Education, or the Certificate in Clinical Education, at this institution or similar institution with passes in 2 of the 3 Certificate modules at the first attempt. *
Masters (PT) This is for applicants who have already completed the Diploma in Medical Education, or the Diploma in Clinical Education, at this institution or similar institution with passes in 2 of the 3 Diploma modules at the first attempt. *
Masters (FT) You must have an undergraduate degree, or other equivalent qualifications, relevant to the health profession or wish to intercalate after 3rd or 4th year of the MBBS. * **
* Applicants whose first language is not English must have IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of IELTS 7.0 in all elements.
** We accept external intercalators as well as intercalators from the Newcastle University MBBS programme.
*** Only in exceptional circumstances will part-time students failing more than 20 credits, at the first attempt in each stage, be allowed to progress to the next stage of the programme. The decision about progression will be made at the discretion of the Board of Examiners. Full-time students failing more than 40 credits on the first attempt will only be permitted to continue studying the Advanced Study module dissertation at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.
For students studying part time the different stages of the course take: -
Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCert) 60 credits, 1 year
Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (PGDip) 120 credits, PGCert + 1 or 2 years (the majority of students take two years to complete all three modules at the diploma stage) The e-learning Diploma is currently only available to study over one year.
Master in Medical Education (MClinEd) 180 credits, PGDip + 1 or 2 years (the majority of students take two years to complete the dissertation).
You can also do two stages in one year on one of our Accelerated programmes - Accelerated Diploma (Certificate and Diploma), or Accelerated Masters (Diploma and Masters). Accelerated study is only available on the face-to-face programme.
Progression from one stage to the next is dependent on accruing the appropriate number of credits.
Students on the Full-Time Masters complete the course in one academic year.
The Programme has been designed to be compatible with busy clinical jobs that have multiple commitments and competing demands. The modules allow students to explore areas of particular interest or relevance for their own context. The assessments allow students to acquire the expertise necessary for effective medical education in the context of their own educational roles, responsibilities and interests.
The face-to-face Programme does not follow a standard university weekly timetable because most part time students are also full-time health professionals. Each module schedules on average 3 study days, and sometimes group tutorials, during the semester. Other teaching and learning methods include individual tutorials, online exercises, ‘work-based’ tasks and private study. We provide opportunities for full time students to access appropriate experiences for these tasks.
The e-learning Certificate and e-learning Diploma are studied completely via distance learning. Each of the three 20-credit modules runs over either 11 or 12 weeks. You will be able to work in your own time, but would be expected to complete the content for each week in that week if at all possible.
Due to the popularity of this programme, places fill up quite early in the academic year. Please check with our Programme Co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org (face-to-face programme) / email@example.com (e-learning programme) for availability.
We are often asked about how much work is involved in undertaking the Certificate Programme. Naturally this is a very difficult question to answer in a meaningful way. However we do get feedback from some participants each year that more work is involved than they had expected.
For the face-to-face programme, each of the three modules has 3 study days, and there is some choice as to when you attend. However between times participants are expected to be doing quite a bit of reading; as very vague guidance we would suggest you think in terms of 2-3 hours per week of self-study in addition to the study days.
Each e-learning module should be between 10 and 20 hours of work per week (for both Certificate and Diploma).
You might find it helpful to see the links below to the some of the core textbooks for the Certificate programme. These take you to information about these texts on the Blackwell's (University book shop)
website, http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/welcome.jsp. it is also possible to purchase copies from the Blackwell's website.
Teaching and Learning in the Classroom module
Kahn, P. & Walsh, L. (2006) Developing Your Teaching: Ideas, Insights and Action. London & New York: Taylor and Francis - http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/display_product_info.jsp;jsessionid=E7AF5FE3DBCDE8040ECB2DCA739DB5F8.b5a1?isbn=9780415372732
Teaching and Learning in the Workplace module
Medical Education: Theory and Practice. Tim Dornan, Karen V. Mann, Albert J. J. A. Scherpbier, John A. Spencer. 2010 Elsevier Health Sciences - http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/Medical_Education/9780702035227
Understanding Programmes of Learning module
Schiro, M. S. (2008) Curriculum theory: conflicting visions and enduring concerns. 2008 London: Sage Publications- http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/Curriculum_Theory/9781412988902
The 2017-18 programme regulations are available at this link.