This course is suitable if you are involved in teaching or supporting learning in higher education. It is designed for both experienced and newly appointed academic staff. You gain the skills, understanding and confidence to develop an informed, reflective and self-critical approach to learning, teaching and assessment activities. Prior qualifications and experience determine your entry level.
The course develops your understanding of theory and practice relating to learning, teaching and assessment in higher education. You develop your skills in creating and managing effective learning environments, module and course design, and how best to support students in higher education. It also aims to increase your awareness and understanding of the wider higher education context, current issues and the role of an academic in higher education today. Each module includes an observed assessment of your teaching.
The course sits within the Higher Education Academy (HEA) accredited TALENT framework at Sheffield Hallam. Completing the module learning and teaching in higher education leads to Associate Fellowship of the HEA, equating to ‘descriptor 1’ within the UK Professional Standards Framework.
Completing the full postgraduate certificate leads to Fellowship of the HEA, equating to ‘descriptor 2’ of the UK Professional Standards Framework. These are both nationally recognised within Higher Education. If you are not a member of staff at Sheffield Hallam you need to pay an admin fee to the HEA to claim your fellowship.
After completing this course, you may wish to progress onto the PgDip and MA Education.
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This course sits within the Higher Education Academy (HEA) accredited TALENT framework at Sheffield Hallam and completing both modules leads to Fellowship of the HEA.
Assessment is based completely upon coursework.
This course is designed to enhance your career potential, by developing your skills as a member of academic staff in a higher education institute.
Our part-time MSc Medical Education course is aimed at clinicians who come into contact with medical students in their roles, and want to Our part-time MSc Medical Education course is aimed at clinicians who come into contact with medical students in their roles, and want to further develop their teaching skills through a course with a strong emphasis on professional practice.
Most clinicians engage in some form of teaching, whether this is on wards, in clinics or through other teaching opportunities with undergraduate students and/or trainees. However, few have had the opportunity for professional development in teaching.
Our MSc is suitable for those doctors new to medical education and training, as well as those with experience. Students who enrol on our course include consultants from hospitals and NHS trusts.
The course is also suited to doctors in training in hospitals, general practices and community settings. We also attract doctors with leadership roles in teaching and learning, and GP trainers.
The course will enable you to:
HEA and AoME membership opportunities
You will have the opportunity to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which provides national recognition of your commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education. You can also become a full member of the AoME (Academy of Medical Educators) without going through the individual assessment process.
The units on this course are directly related to clinicians' teaching and assessment responsibilities. Your teaching skills will be observed to assess and reflect on good practice.
There are opportunities to interact face-to-face, learn collaboratively and share good practices with clinicians who are mutually interested in medical education.
You will learn through a combination of study days, workplace-based assessments, research skills training and teaching practice.
Study day attendance is compulsory. However, periodically meeting fellow clinicians to discuss common educational issues can help you to develop your medical education skills. There are also a number of presentations from course tutors.
You will be required to attend one or two study days per course unit:
The course team are experienced in education, medicine and healthcare, and Manchester has a national and international reputation for high quality research in these fields. The course directors are Dr Don Bradley and Professor Leena Patel.
We assess you using two observations of teaching practice (for those participants not in the Manchester area, video recordings of teaching sessions, followed by a meeting with the assessor, are permitted) and four written assessments. Please note that it will be the responsibility of the student to arrange their own teaching.
We assess you using four written assessments.
We assess you via the submission of your dissertation.
Some units have online provision, where some of the assessment will take place.
The University of Manchester is one of the largest providers of medicine courses in the country. Four teaching hospitals, together with affiliated hospitals and community practices spread across the north-west, provide excellent facilities for clinical education.
You will also have access to extensive library and online services across the University.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability and Advisory Support Service
The PGCert is accredited through the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Students will therefore be eligible to apply for 'Fellow' (FHEA) status from the HEA.
The HEA is an independent organisation in the UK that supports higher education institutions with strategies for the development of research and evaluation, to improve the learning experience for students.
The PGCert is also accredited through the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME). This means that those completing the course will be eligible to apply for full membership of the AoME without going through the individual assessment process.
The PGCert is accredited by the AoME (Academy of Medical Educators).
This course is for people who teach and support learning in higher education, e.g. nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social workers, doctors, lecturers in any discipline and professional services staff. It is a dynamic, interactive and work-related course which has been designed in response to the continuing professional development needs of professionals with an educational role.
The course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (nurses and midwives) for teacher status and for Fellowship status by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). It will develop your understanding and skills of facilitation and teaching. You will become confident in facilitating and supporting the design and delivery of education and in working with technology to enhance learning.
By the end of the course you will be able to teach in a broad range of professional contexts in the sound knowledge that your practice is based on solid conceptual principles.
You will learn through online and face-to- face group discussions, teaching practice, reading, challenge and debate, collaborative case analysis, independent study, presentations and research. Emphasis is placed on building on and developing your own personal experience. Assessments may include personal reflective critiques, e-portfolios, presentations, essays, curriculum documents and literature reviews. Class sizes vary between 8 - 30.
The e-PgCert is a fully online part-time course, accessible from anywhere, Most people complete one module per semester. Some modules on the PgDip/ MSc route still require attendance but are likely to become online in the future.
The e-PgCert is accredited by the NMC for teacher status (nurses and midwives only) and for Fellowship or Associate fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). People with limited teaching responsibility should apply as associate students to obtain Associate Fellowship of the HEA (by completing Education in Action A only). Recognition by other professional bodies may allow you to record a teaching qualification with your profession.
For the e-PgCert (online), you will complete:
Education in Action A (15 credits)/ Education in Action B (15 credits)/Curriculum Development (15 credits)/ Introduction to Learning with Technologies/ (15 credits)/ Evidencing Professional Practice (0 credits)
For the PgDip, you will also complete:
Current Issues (15 credits), Research (15/30 credits)/ and a further 15/30 credits from a negotiated choice.
If studying for a MSc, you will also complete
a dissertation (60 credits).
Graduates from this course have gone on to develop their educational practice within their current role, to teach in higher education, to work in practice development, and continuing professional development. International students have returned to their home countries to develop education programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Many graduates have gained promoted posts or gained additional responsibilities as a result of undertaking the course.
Normally a UK honours degree or equivalent. In addition, it is possible candidates with alternative qualifications and appropriate relevant professional experience may be considered. It is required that you have an existing teaching role in your workplace at undergraduate level or above. In addition, for qualified nurses or midwives you must have:
Candidates who do not have standard entry requirements may be asked to submit a formative essay to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required at this level.
International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0 and no individual component score below 6.5.
Whether you're a newly qualified or experienced member of staff teaching on higher education programmes, this course allows you to work towards being awarded your all-important Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). HEA Fellowship brings a range of benefits to develop and progress your career. It provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly sought by employers across the higher education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion.The Higher Education Academy works with higher education providers and organisations to improve the professional experience of HE teachers through fellowships, accreditation, awards and professional development provision.
The Higher Education MA provides a flexible development programme in teaching and learning for staff already teaching higher education courses.The course aims to enable you to become a competent and skilled practitioner in all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment in higher education.
You'll be encouraged to embrace professional values and attitudes to teaching, learning and assessment and the course provides a framework which enables you to do this. Through this process you'll be encouraged to reflect upon your own professional experiences and set up your own targets for professional development.This enables you to evidence engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and gain Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education for the sixth year running. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.