The Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters programme in Medical Education has been designed to meet the teacher training needs of health professions’ teachers at a range of levels.

The programme will be taught through blended learning, i.e. a combination of face-to-face and online learning, or via online learning only. Student learning across the programme will include working with online materials, interaction with peer learners, reflection on practice, tutor contact and personal study. Most participants study by distance learning although between 10 and 30 participants attend the Centre for Medical Education premises at The Mackenzie Building in Dundee each year for face-to-face teaching. On-site workshops are also provided in those institutions where there is sufficient participant demand.

Course delivery

All modules except simulation, can be studied by online distance learning and this is the main delivery mode. Participants can start their studies at any time during the year and need never attend face-to-face teaching or assessment in Dundee. The result is a convenient and flexible programme that participants can work through using an approach and at a rate that is suitable to their needs and work commitments. Face-to-face teaching is offered in Dundee from September until December each year for those participants who opt for full-time Postgraduate Certificate level study and from September until April for Postgraduate Diploma level study. Participants wishing to combine the face-to-face approach with distance learning study up to two modules per academic year as a blended approach, attending the timetabled intensive one-week session for the module. Contact the Course Administrator for more information. It is also possible to study either the Certificate of Diploma stages at the Centre for Medical Educationm again combining face-to-face with distance. On-site workshops are also provided where there are sufficient numbers of interested participants. 

Distance learning participants receive learning materials entirely by online delivery. Face-to-face teaching is delivered by a blend of online and face-to-face learning materials.

We are aiming to create more opportunities for blended learning, so that our online learners can learn with our face-to-face learners and vice versa.  In particular, we are hoping to run at least one module as a 5-day short course each year, therefore enabling online learners the opportunity to study a module face-to-face at Dundee with other students, some of whom may also be online learners, some face-to-face participants.

Courses via online learning


n addition to our face-to-face programme, the Centre for Medical Education offers three online distance learning courses in Medical Education: Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters. Students on these courses are supported by an online distance induction programme. This promotes familiarity with the tools, processes and facilities available to students during their academic journey with us.

Why go online?

  • In response to feedback from past and present course participants we have developed new postgraduate programmes in Medical Education. We have moved to an e-learning environment using the latest developments in ICT and incorporating a range of exciting interactive teaching and assessment techniques. These enable peer interaction and include podcasts, blogs, discussion boards, webinars, video clips, formative feedback and much more!

  • Modern technology has allowed distance learning to become more “social” and our online courses embrace this dimension. Course participants, tutors and administrators have greater contact with each other, enhancing the learning experience. The course has a nurturing learning climate − one which caters for a variety of learning needs and styles.

  • Our online courses are geared for the 21st Century learner, with the material based on best evidence education. Graduates are equipped with a strong pedagogical foundation and understanding of key trends and innovations in Medical Education. Assessments are authentic and contextualised to suit participants’ workplace setting.

  • The Centre for Medical Education has over 40 years’ experience of delivering courses for health care professionals. We pride ourselves in the quality of the material we produce and realise that now is the time to offer a wider, speedier, more interactive approach to learning. Our tutors, administrators and technical staff have a wealth of experience, reflected in the presentation and content of the courses.

Who should enrol?

  • Healthcare professionals who wish to gain a prestigious University qualification in Medical Education mapped to the frameworks of the Higher Education Academy and Academy of Medical Educators.
  • All our participants receive a good balance between theory and practice that allows them to perform effectively in their fields.
  • Face-to-face and online distance learners have access to an extensive seminar programme run by the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.
  • We arrange visits for our face-to-face students to Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe. Students are also able to attend seminars at the College of Life Sciences, a world-leading research centre.
  • Our courses are aimed at those new to teaching and training and those who wish to gain further skills and knowledge in the area of medical education.
  • Graduates of the University of Dundee Medical Education programmes are world leaders in medical education.

Key features

  • Start when you wish (continuous enrolment) and work at your own pace within overall course time limits
  • Modules covering relevant themes within Medical Education
  • Online delivery and marking, incorporating the latest learning tools
  • Regular feedback as well as peer and tutor interaction
  • Formative assessment
  • Select optional modules to suit your own learning needs
  • Innovative learning experiences
  • Blended learning: opportunity for face-to-face teaching if desired
  • Tailored modules in certain specialties, e.g. general practice

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) will equip practitioners to be teachers driven by a strong pedagogical and evidence-based approach. It consists of 4 modules – 2 core ('Teaching & Learning in Medical Education' and 'The Principles of Assessment in Medical Education') + 2 options.

Diploma (an additional 60 credits) will equip practitioners to be leaders in medical education and consists of an additional 4 modules – 2 core ('Curriculum Planning in Medical Education' and 'Management & Leadership in Medical Education') + 2 options. Those wishing to progress to the Masters will also be required to study the module Medical Education Research as an additional core. 

Masters (an additional 60 credits) will equip practitioners to be educational researchers utilising rigorous and diverse methodologies to answer innovative and original questions. It will consist of either: a 10,000-15,000 word dissertation (60 credits) or a 7,000 word research based journal article (45 credits) plus an additional optional module (15 credits). 

Modules available



  • Clinical skills and simulation for education and practice (compulsory one-week face-to-face element in this module)
  • E-learning in medical education
  • Assessing knowledge, skills and attitudes
  • Professionalism in medical education
  • Clinical teaching

Under development

  • Educational support in the health professions
  • Faculty development in the health professions

Special modules

How to enrol

Applicants may download and complete the application form.

Please contact the Courses Office for more information.