Newcastle University

Medical Education Staff Development


From the 2013-2014 academic year we will be offering 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.


How might they be of benefit?

Our Medical Education modules provide an opportunity for NUMed teaching staff to gain approved postgraduate training that will be of practical value and relevance to them in their everyday work. The modules complement each other, and build, through accumulation of academic credit, into a Certificate of Medical Education from Newcastle University.  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.


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.* Your line manager will be able to tell you whether you are eligible for a bursary to pay your fees.

[*All applicants who are not native speakers of English will have to provide evidence of English language ability. The minimum level of English language ability for entry onto the programme is IELTS 7.0 in all domains. Other University approved tests or evidence will also be considered.]



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.


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 Certificate programme of study.


Will I need any special equipment?

To participate in the required distance learning on-line 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.


Logging in to MENU

Existing students can log in now to Medical Education at Newcastle University (ME@NU), the virtual learning environment for all of our medical and clinical education programmes.


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.