Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

Medical Education

This part time distance learning award aims to enhance your skills in the facilitation of the learning of others within your own workplace setting. Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage provides the opportunity for accreditation as Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The course is aimed at all medical educators, clinical and postgraduate tutors, nurses, health visitors and therapists, general practice course organisers and trainers, undergraduate tutors and all others involved in teaching in a health or social care setting. It is suitable for experienced teachers who wish to up-date or re-assess their skills as well as novice teachers looking for new skills and knowledge.

Entry requirements

You must have a professional health or social care qualification, such as medicine, nursing, social work, complimentary therapies, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or podiatry, is required. It is advisable that you are actively involved in teaching in some capacity i.e. students, colleagues or patients, as the modules are based around your own experiences of teaching in the workplace, although it is not a requirement for you to hold a formal teaching position. Competence in the English language is essential. Applicants for whom English is not the 1st language must be able to demonstrate their competence, at an IELTS level of 7 or equivalent.

Course modules

The Postgraduate Certificate stage of study comprises of 4 x 15 credit modules which provide an underpinning knowledge of educational theory, aiming to improve your teaching and learning skills with your learners / trainees in your workplace. You will consider all aspects of teaching and learning from devising a lesson plan to assessing a learner at the end of their period of study. You will consider how students learn and how you can adapt your teaching style to optimise learning; you will evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching methods and how you use the resources available to you in your own teaching practice; you will reflect upon the effectiveness of your teaching style and will analyse the assessment methods utilised in the teaching and learning process. Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage provides the opportunity for accreditation as Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The Postgraduate Diploma stage of study also comprises of 4 x 15 credit modules although it is designed to give you more flexibility in what you learn. You will consider your own workplace as a learning environment and contemplate the current practice within health education and the impact this has on your own learners / trainees. You will have the opportunity to develop your own module around an area of interest to you in relation to medical education and you will undertake a research methods module to equip you with the essential skills prior to starting your Masters stage of the award. The final year of the MSc consists of a single 60 credit piece of work that may be a dissertation (desk based or empirical) or a project based change. The topic should be one that is relevant and interesting to you both personally and professionally and, in order to meet the requirements of the award, should be within the broad topic area of medical education. There will be opportunity within your programme to discuss the possible focus of this stage of your study with tutors, although to help give you some ideas for a subject area, previous topics studied by students on the medical education award have included mentoring, medical students with dyslexia, e-learning, roles of staff, evaluation of training programmes, and use of students as patients in training.

Assessment methods

You will expect to complete the MSc between 3 and 5 years, however you may also choose to exit this course with one of the 3 awards, each stage being worth 60 credits of study and will normally take 12 -15 months to achieve. In order to fit in with your work commitments this is a distance learning course and you can join at any point in the academic year. Whilst you can study at your own pace, the modules run over a 12 week period. All course material necessary for the modules is available on line through a virtual learning environment. This approach to learning offers you choice and flexibility about when you access your learning materials and you are able to study at a pace that suits you. You are expected to engage with all on-line activities in a timely manner and you should be prepared to allocate around 150 hours of independent study per module including engagement with on-line resources, reading time, and assignment preparation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time - 3 years
PgDip Part-time - 3 years
MSc Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus) Stoke on Trent ST4 2DF West Midlands
Distance Learning

Key information

Telephone number: 
01782 294400