Newcastle University

Medical Education Staff Development 


We offer a programme of short courses in Medical Education for the development of teaching staff at the Newcastle University Medicine, Malaysia (NUMed) medical school in Nusajaya, Malaysia.  We are also accepting external applicants who are not currently NUMed teaching staff.  Intake is always in September.


How might they be of benefit?

Our Medical Education modules provide an opportunity for you to gain approved postgraduate training that will be of practical value and relevance to you in your everyday work. The modules complement each other, and build, through accumulation of academic credit, into a Certificate or Diploma in Medical Education from Newcastle University.  The Certificate is studied over one academic year, and the Diploma over one or two academic years.

You need to complete the Certificate before doing the Diploma.

The programme of study has been designed to provide 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.


How do I register an interest?

If you are a NUMed member of staff and would like to register an interest in studying Medical Education with us, please contact your line manager to discuss whether you would be eligible for the programme.  If you are, you will need to complete our enquiries form.  This programme is open to NUMed staff members only - if you are not a NUMed staff member, you may be interested in our e-learning programme (see the 'Medical Education Newcastle Public' area of this website).


What are the entry requirements?

The modules are suitable for members of the health professions who have medical teaching or training responsibilities. You must have an undergraduate Medicine degree, or other equivalent qualifications, related to your professional role.* If you are a NUMed staff member, your line manager will be able to tell you whether you are eligible for a bursary to pay your fees.

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.

* 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.  


Course recognition and accreditation        


The Certificate in Medical Education is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for recognition under the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework  

 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  


Programme Regulations


You can find a copy of the programme regulations for 2017/18 at    



How long does it take?

To achieve a full Postgraduate Certificate of Medical Education (PGCert), you would need to accrue 60 credits of study in total.  You would study this part-time over the course of a single academic year.

To achieve a full Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (PGDip), you would need to accrue 120 credits of study (the three Diploma modules, plus the modules that you completed on the Certificate) in total.  You would study the Diploma part-time over the course of a single academic year.


How would my learning be structured?

The modules have been designed to be compatible with busy clinical jobs where clinicians have multiple commitments and competing demands. The modules allow students to explore areas of particular interest or relevance for their own context, whilst 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 modules do not follow a standard university weekly timetable because most part time students are also full time health practitioners.  The approach to delivery is ‘blended’, combining supported distance learning through online activities and resources specifically designed for the modules with occasional short blocks of face-to-face contact with educators in the classroom. All modules are ‘stand-alone’, so that students may choose short courses that interest them, but can be integrated progressively into a programme of study.


Will I need any special equipment?

To participate in the required distance learning online activities, and to access learning resources for the courses, you will need adequate access to a modern PC installed with recent versions of the core Microsoft Office packages and a good internet connection. You will also need a webcam and microphone for the face-to-face contact online.

Much of the key literature for the courses is provided electronically by the Newcastle University Library. The relevant Library services need to be accessed via the University’s Remote Application System (RAS). This system is free to all students at the University. It requires a download of ‘Citrix’ software from the University website (Installing RAS), and a University username and password which all students are given at the commencement of their studies.


Main contact

The Medical Education Programme Co-ordinator:  The Programme Co-ordinator will be able to help with any administrative issues, or enlist the help of others for other kinds of issues (including academic issues).