Taught course

Medical Education

University of Bedfordshire · Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent


Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

About the course

Busy medical professionals who wish to increase and develop their knowledge want courses that are flexible and adaptable, and this MA fulfils that need. Each unit combines focused study days that range over a three month period, with interactive online learning and supported, self-directed study. You will have opportunities to concentrate on your work-related professional progression, develop a critical, analytic and reflective attitude to medical and healthcare education, and grow as a medical educator and leader.

Key features

    • Study the latest research, scholarship and practice, and learn to deal with complexity, contradictions and gaps in the current evidence base
    • Explore the wide range of learning, teaching and assessment methods used across all levels of clinical education and training, and discover how to use these in practice
    • Develop the skills, attitudes and practices of an excellent teacher, and an awareness of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct
    • Gain the capacity for innovation in education through the design, implementation and evaluation of a small scale education research, development or leadership project
    • Benefit from studying with from a highly experienced, knowledgeable and accessible team who will encourage you to appraise your practice and address emerging development needs through independent and collaborative activities.
  • This course supports your development as a medical educator, scholar and leader. It provides opportunities to develop your thinking and practice within a dynamic multi-disciplinary community of clinical educators.

    The course team models learner-centred teaching, learning and assessment practices and provides plentiful opportunities for you to rehearse them yourself.

    Your final assignment is a supervised Medical Education Research Project in an area of professional interest, which provides a clear sense of your educational role responsibilities and the confidence to offer guidance to peers who wish to develop their own educational practices. You thus evidence emerging educational leadership capabilities along with developed skills in project design, management and evaluation.

Career opportunities

Completion of the course leads to the award of fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The course is aligned to appropriate professional standards and is suitable for educational and clinical supervisors.

Areas of study may include

  • Year 1

  • Students complete either the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCertMedEd) or the Postgraduate Certificate in Simulation in Practice (PGCertSiP)

    PGCertMedEd consists of:

    • Core unit: Medical Education in Practice

    Then students choose one unit from:

    • Workplace-based Learning
    • Educational Perspectives for the Workplace

    PGCertSiP consists of:

    • Simulation in Practice

    Then students choose one unit from

    • Workplace-Based Learning
    • Educational Perspectives for the Workplace
    Year 2

    Students complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (PGDipMedEd)

    PGCertSiP students complete Medical Education in Practice and then choose 1 unit from:

    • Educational Policy and Leadership
    • Workplace-Based Learning
    • Educational Perspectives for the Workplace

    PGCertMedEd students choose 2 units from:

    • Educational Policy and Leadership
    • Workplace-Based Learning
    • Educational Perspectives for the Workplace
    • Simulation in Practice
    Year 3
    • All students complete the Medical Education Research Project unit (over two semesters

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit our website: www.beds.ac.uk/pgfunding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months


part time
24-60 months


part time
24-60 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1582 743500