Student stories | Opening up a new world in your medical career with our Medical Education courses


One of our greatest credits at Learna is the success of our students, and the accomplishments they go on to achieve after studying our postgraduate courses. We are proud to showcase an impressive alumni network around the world, with remarkable stories of their learning experience, or how they have used their qualifications to progress their careers.

In this exciting blog series, we are catching up with graduates from a range of our programmes to share their inspiring stories of success. This week, we are delighted to feature a graduate of our Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education, Liana Grobbelaar, who travelled from South Africa to attend her graduation ceremony in South Wales at the beginning of 2023.

Liana was no stranger to our online learning model and expert faculty. Having completed our Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes over 10 years ago, it was an obvious choice for Liana to return to Learna to continue her Medical Education and career progression.

Meet Liana Grobbelaar, who studied our Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education

“My name is Liana Grobbelaar and I’m from Johannesburg, South Africa, and I recently studied a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education. I was introduced to Learna 10 years ago when I was looking for an opportunity to learn more about diabetes.

With my recent interest in medical education, I started looking for an opportunity to gain more knowledge in that field, and it was an obvious choice to look back at Learna. I was very happy to see that Learna offered an opportunity for me to learn more in this field.

I think it just opened up a new world to me as a medical professional. I’ve never actually thought about how learning is structured and this was really helpful in giving me a good foundation and also identifying areas where I can grow as a medical educator.

The fact that [the learning platform] is online makes it really flexible, you can log in at any time. If you’re a morning person you can log in in the morning, if you want to work in the evenings or if you’ve got a few hours during the day, you can log in and work on your course.

By engaging with students from around the world, you get a perspective from different countries, and Learna courses accommodate multidisciplinary teams, so you are learning with doctors, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and that gives you a different perspective from different professions.

If I was to describe Learna in one word, I would say excellence.”

About our Medical Education courses

Our medical education courses are designed for educators in healthcare who aspire to provide the highest standard of teaching and learning, striving for excellence based on the latest research and evidence-based principles. If this sounds like you, keep reading! There are a whole host of benefits that come with studying our online medical education courses.

A unique advantage of studying with us is that you are in control. With no lectures or seminars, you can take charge of your studies and participate in our academic forum at a time that suits you - imagine facing no barriers due to time zones, and the opportunity to manage your professional and personal responsibilities alongside your studies with our flexible, self-directed learning model. Liana loved the flexibility of our medical education diploma!

Not only are our programmes fully flexible, we also offer some of the most cost-effective learning options, with the shortest completion times for courses of this kind. With Learna | Diploma MSc, you can complete a diploma in medical education in just one calendar year, and a masters in medical education in two calendar years.

When you factor in the opportunity cost of additional years otherwise spent in study, our programme represents an unbeatable investment. Think of the career progression you can achieve when you complete your education faster, and you’re potentially earning a postgraduate salary sooner than you could have imagined.

Our medical teaching courses are recognised as some of the best of their kind, and we are proud to hold AccreditationPlus status with the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) in recognition of our exceptional quality in medical education. Students and graduates of this programme can benefit from a streamlined route to AoME membership, without the requirement of providing additional supporting evidence, making a typically lengthy process remarkably straightforward.

By joining our renowned online faculty, you will have access to academic support from our tutors who are experts in their field, as well as a peer network of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals around the world - which, as Liana highlights, can enhance your perspective to improve your practice.

The application deadline is approaching for our September 2023 intake, and Medical Education is consistently proven to be one of our most popular programmes - so we recommend getting your application in ASAP to avoid disappointment!

Apply today via our course pages to join Liana and thousands of fellow healthcare professionals who have trusted Learna | Diploma MSc to help them reach the next stage of their career.