Centre for Medical Education


The Centre for Medical Education is an internationally renowned leader in Medical Education with over 40 years experience in running Medical Education programmes. We are part of Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe. We have a thriving Graduate School with more than 3000 research and taught postgraduate students. Our major focus is to make teaching and learning more effective in all phases of education including undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. Staff at the Centre come from a variety of backgrounds in the healthcare professions and education.

The Centre is actively involved in innovations in medical education and has been responsible for the introduction of a number of new approaches to teaching, assessment and curriculum planning. The Centre has unique experience in the development of attractive and useful distance learning materials, producing programmes in which over 15,000 healthcare professionals have enrolled.

Our core activities are:

  • University accredited coursesFace-to-face and online distance learning courses, designed to meet the needs of health professionals in education and training: Practitioner (Certificate); Leader (Diploma); Researcher (Masters). Student learning includes working with online materials, interaction with peer learners, reflection on practice, tutor contact and personal study. The modules cover a broad range of Medical Education topics. Our online learning has continuous enrolment with flexible assignment submission enabling you to work at your own pace. These courses are supported by webinars and designed to support you and encourage peer-peer and peer-tutor interaction.

  • Face-to-face student teachingOur face to face student teaching is delivered in Dundee and follows the academic year. This allows students to enjoy what the Times Higher Education Survey 2012 recognised as “Dundee best in Scotland in Student Experience”. The Sunday Times University Guide describes Dundee as “one of the prize catches in higher education”. The University’s award winning international student society provides students with a warm and friendly welcome to the city, making their time in the UK “a wonderful experience”.

  • Short coursesFrom beginner to advanced level on topics including: Teaching and Learning; Assessment; Curriculum Development; Clinical Teaching; Educational Leadership; Educational Research. We offer two types of short courses – our annual ‘Discovery’ week-long course run each April, and 1-5 day courses prepared specifically to address an institution’s needs. These are delivered either in the UK or overseas.

  • ResearchThe Centre is a thriving hub for healthcare education research. We have education research links locally, nationally and internationally, creating a worldwide community of Dundee scholars across undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. Key areas of expertise include: Scholarship of teaching, learning and assessment;  Professionalism. We have expertise in a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies used in education research. We supervise research students at Masters and PhD level. If you want to find out more about one of our activities please contact us.

Contact the Courses Office for further information.