Medical Education (PgDip)



About the course

Busy medical professionals who wish to increase and develop their knowledge want courses that are flexible and adaptable, and this PgDip 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.

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Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level





Medical Education - (PgDip) - Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
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  • Campus Location - Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time block delivery
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Why choose this course?

  • Study a choice of specialist entry pathways, including Medical Education, Dental Education and Medical Simulation
  • 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.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

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

How will I be assessed?

The assessment strategy for the course combines formative and summative elements i.e assessment for learning and assessment of learning. It is designed to foster strong links between learning on the course and the lived realities of medical and healthcare educators working in Higher and Professional education contexts. It is also designed to enable you to evidence your competence as a medical or healthcare educator, in order to satisfy requirements of professional bodies and regulators.


The choice of assessments is determined on the basis of their fitness for purpose i.e. to evidence achievement of unit learning outcomes at masters level ( Level 7). However, they also rehearse writing for a range of academic purposes; an early assessment point in the core unit for the PGCert in Medical Education, for example, is designed to rehearse writing in the reflective genre and Harvard referencing conventions. Later assessments move to writing in the academic genre, within the traditions of the social sciences. Increasing emphasis is placed on academic literacy and the ability to present complex ideas coherently with reference to appropriate literature. Plentiful opportunities are built in to the course to rehearse these skills, e.g. exercises in problematizing, practice in assessing exemplars of actual (anonymised) assignments, using the criteria we use on the course. By modelling and analysing best practice in educational assessment, we hope students will gain confidence and skills in critiquing, using and developing their own approaches to assessment.


To enhance your understanding and experiences of assessment practices (relevant to your role as an educator) you will encounter a wide range of assessment methods. Examples of assessment methods used across the course are: evidence based portfolios (e.g. Medical Education in Practice, Simulation in Practice,); academic papers (e.g. Contemporary Educational Perspectives); critical appraisals (Workplace Based Learning); Oral presentations (Educational Policy and Leadership);; Case Studies (Workplace Based Learning, Simulation in Practice) Reflective assignments (Medical Education in Practice, Educational Policy and leadership) and Literature review (Workplace Based Learning) Details of assessment methods are found in each UIF. The assessment map below illustrates the assessment experience of a student on the PgDip in Medical Education who completes 60 credits per year and takes two years to complete the award.

Entry requirements

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

This course will develop your skills and practices to enhance your capacity to fulfil educational role(s) in medical and other healthcare education contexts.

Graduating from this course means you will be ideally placed to respond to current and future developments in educational policies and practices and be are well prepared to assume named educational roles and responsibilities, including educational leadership responsibilities (depending on experience).

The PgCert courses that lead into the MA in Medical Education are accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators; they provide a sound basis for evidencing your competence as both a clinical and educational supervisor.

The PgDip stage allows you to deepen your understandings and extend your skill set as a medical educator.

The dissertation stage develops your scholarship and ability to independently design, implement and evaluate a medical education research. The research project stage positions you to adopt a critical stance to existing practice and lead improvements and innovation.



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and funding

  • Fees are £4,534

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £8,000

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

UK/EU

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

International

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Facilities

Putteridge Bury campus

Putteridge Bury is a magnificent country mansion set in 30 acres of landscaped gardens and picturesque parkland. Built in 1911, it is just four miles from the University Square campus on the Hertfordshire - Bedfordshire border. 

It is home to the Bedfordshire Business School postgraduate programmes and the University’s Conference Centre.

A free shuttle bus service operates between Putteridge Bury and University Square.

Comprehensive Learning Resources Centre

The Putteridge Bury campus has its own comprehensive Learning Resources Centre equipped with PCs, which give you access to online information databases and more than 2,000 electronic journals.

Students based at Putteridge Bury can also benefit from the 200,000 books and specialist texts, 9,000 journals and 300 fully networked PCs that are available at the University Square campus.

Location

Ideally located only four miles from Luton town centre, Putteridge Bury is set in picturesque parkland just off the A505 and enjoys a tranquil rural environment and ample parking within the grounds.

Putteridge Bury lies close to the University Square campus, and is a short drive from the London Luton airport, the train station and bus station.

How to Apply

  • UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

  • EU students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or apply online

  • International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country.

    You can also apply online

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