PG Certificate Medical Education course structure information

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The course consists of three 20-credit modules. Each module includes two study days.  During the two study days, the core elements of the module will be explored, with examples from practice used to illustrate key components.  Each participant will be expected to participate in approximately eight weeks of online activity.

Study dates

2023 study dates

All dates are subject to change. 

Attendance at all set dates is mandatory.


Study Dates

Induction Day

1 September 2023


(MDE61001) Module 1 - Effective Learning & Teaching

Study day 1 – 5 September 2023

Study day 2 – 12 September 2023

(MDE61003) Module 2 - Work Based Learning & Teaching

Study day 1 – 9 January 2024

Study day 2 – 16 January 2024


(MDE61002) Module 3 - Curriculum Design & Development

Study day 1 – 23 April 2024

Study day 2 – 30 April 2024

Module 1 (MDE61001) - Effective Learning & Teaching

This module is designed to engage participants in the ways that learning happens and is currently understood.  It links these understandings to the way knowledge is created and verified through processes of evaluation and assessment.  It also requires participants to adopt a scholarly/theoretically informed approach to planning and delivering teaching and learning activities rather than being driven by situational factors.  It will draw on particular models such as constructive alignment and learning taxonomies to ensure that there are sound principles to accompany selected theoretical frameworks

Module Aims:

MA1 Develop a scholarly approach to planning and delivering teaching and learning activities
MA2 Base teaching practice on sound theoretical principles
MA3 Develop as reflective teaching practitioners

Module Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module, a student will be able to:

LO1 Describe clear learning outcomes with reference to established learning taxonomies.
LO2 Plan and facilitate a teaching session applying the principles of constructive alignment and informed by learning theory.
LO3 Reflect on their own teaching session to critically evaluate it and plan improvements.
LO4 Critically evaluate their peer's teaching and learning practices by considering the principle of constructive alignment and learning theory.

Module 1 Assessment:

An account of their own taught session including their learning outcomes, chosen approach and intentions, with a reflective commentary. 2,400 words
Evaluations of a peer teaching session as a sample of critical application of theory to practice. 1,600 words

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 5 December 2022

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