Taught course

Medical Simulation

University of Bedfordshire · Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School

Entry requirements

Open to medical, dental, veterinary and healthcare graduates. It is also open to graduates with staff and educational development experience in associated professional contexts.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

About the course

We understand how difficult it can be for busy professionals to develop their knowledge and expertise, and this course recognises that fact. Each unit combines two or five study days which provide opportunities to engage in a real-life clinical environment and work-related development activities. Over a three month period, our experienced and supportive course team will help you develop a critical, analytic and reflective stance towards medical and healthcare education, with a particular focus on the use of simulation.

Key features

    • Study the thinking behind the use of simulation and the ways in which its educational use can be enhanced
    • Explore and rehearse approaches to the use of medical and clinical simulation in our state-of-the-art simulation centre, and tailor assessments inline with professional interests and needs
    • Develop the skills to independently evaluate relevant research, scholarship and practice, and deal with the complexities, contradictions and gaps in the current evidence base
    • Gain a purposeful and professional approach to the design and facilitation of simulated learning scenarios, including an awareness of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct
    • Benefit from a systematic understanding of the wide range of learning, teaching and assessment methods that may be used in simulated settings, and learn now to selectively and effectively use these in your practice.
  • The course focuses on a critical approach to simulation and its uses. This is a flexible, blended learning programme designed with the needs of busy medical and healthcare professionals in mind.

    The course is composed of the core unit (where you also spend time in the University simulation centre) plus one second optional unit (either Workplace Based Learning or Contemporary Educational Perspectives) and is designed to help you develop a sound theoretical basis to your practice as a medical educator, both within simulation and in your wider role as a clinical educator.

Career opportunities

The course is endorsed by the Academy of Medical Educators; this means on successful completion you can apply for membership through the ‘fast track’ accredited course route. The course therefore provides a sound basis for evidencing your competence as a medical, dental or healthcare educator and trainer using Simulation.

The course enables you to adopt a critical stance to your own and others’ educational practice and to propose ways to enhance student and trainee learning experiences. You will rehearse these skills through opportunities for hands-on simulation activities and online work. This course will equip you with the skills and understanding to provide excellent and enjoyable training opportunities using simulation to less-experienced professionals in your field.

Areas of study may include

  • The PgCert in Medical Simulation is obtained by attending and passing two units:
    • The core unit (Simulation in Practice)

    and either:

    • Workplace Based Learning, or
    • Educational Perspectives for the Workplace

    Both these units shift from a focus on teaching to broader issues of curriculum, educational theory and how these relate to learning and teaching at work.

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
12-36 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1582 743 500