Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Medical Education

Programme Details

This programme is offered as direct support for the professional development requirements of teaching staff in medicine and allied fields.

The general aims of the programme are:

  • To help participants to develop their professional practice, developing skills and engendering attitudes that lie at the heart of effective teaching-for-learning.
  • To provide timely and appropriate support in a structured manner for participants who wish to develop their educational role.
  • To introduce an extended, formal and externally recognisable course of instruction available to all lecturing staff in the methods and philosophies of learning and teaching in higher education.

PgCert - Minimum 12 Months Part time

Contact Information

College of Life Sciences and Medicine Graduate School
Tel: +44 (0)1224 437097

Programme Coordinator: Dr Darren Comber


The programme is based around the concept of situated learning; hence ongoing teaching duties form the basis of study. The programme has elements relating to:

  • Learning theory and learning styles
  • Aspects of reflective practice
  • Planning and methods for learning and teaching
  • Approaches to teaching and evaluating your teaching
  • Online tutoring
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Effective learner-teacher relationships in medical education
  • Research in medical education
  • Use of C&IT in medical education
  • Assessment, appraisal and evaluation in medical education
  • The political arena of medical education
  • Peer observation of teaching


Full details of tuition fees is available here


Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

University of Aberdeen Honorary Teaching Staff Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on tuition fees for the Medical Education PgCert/Dip/MSc to all NHS staff who hold Honorary Teaching positions at the University. If you have questions regards eligibility for this scheme then please email

(Please note this cannot be claimed in conjunction with any other scholarship award)


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General Information

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