Our programme will produce managers and practitioners able to improve the patient experience through innovation, integrated care, technological improvements and their position at the forefront of advances in healthcare.
The curriculum of this programme reinforces the need for professionals to demonstrate improvement in their care delivery through high-level, expert knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the context of healthcare management and delivery.
Staff in the School of Health Sciences are motivated to support students to meet the challenges they face in their practice with a solution-focussed approach, utilising the existing evidence base whilst demonstrating creativity in their own research approaches.
The full-time non-endorsed programme is studied over one academic year. The endorsed part time programmes are studied over five academic years (60 months).
There are a range of pathways available for MSc programmes. These variants are made clear to students in all marketing material and student handbooks.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Delivering Quality Healthcare (full-time) core modules
Acutely ill patient
Cancer and Older People
Long Term Conditions
Maternal, Child and Family Health
Knowledge and understanding
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
Key / transferable skills
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
This course is for healthcare professionals interested and involved in a teaching or training role who want to develop their skills and expertise in clinical and educational practice. You study the teaching skills needed to support and assess learners in the workplace.
It helps you to meet your organisation's training needs, aiming to ensure better educational experiences for all staff. The healthcare educator has a lead role in developing a flexible workforce that can address future challenges in healthcare delivery. By providing a clear link to patient outcomes, educators can help to address the variation in standards of healthcare education and training currently delivered.
As a dentist, doctor or allied health professional you can demonstrate your revalidation and continuing professional development as the course is mapped to recognised professional standards.
If you are a nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse you can gain registration as an NMC teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You can also apply for accreditation with the Higher Education Academy and practice educator accreditation with the Society of Radiographers.
You are introduced to contemporary issues in healthcare education that place the educator at the heart of service enhancement and better patient care. We explore with you your role as an educational leader and interprofessional educator.
Action learning sets with your peers enable you to explore key theories and strategies and then apply them critically to your practice. You have opportunities to rehearse skills and explore a variety of learning teaching and assessment strategies. Face-to-face or online workshops allow you to explore contemporary issues and instigate new educational opportunities in your workplace.
You develop teaching and learning skills applicable to various clinical settings. You also draw on current work-based teaching and learning to strengthen links between your professional practice and educational role.
During the course you design and develop learning packages that have an evidence-based approach. You evaluate a range of learning and teaching strategies and develop your personal teaching style, in line with your educational and specialist expertise.
Observed teaching practice is available where you teach small groups of students in the workplace or at the University. We encourage you to film your teaching practice and receive feedback on your performance. This helps inform your teaching practice and identify your strengths and weaknesses. You also develop on-going action plans to address these issues and support your development.
Both full-time and part-time students are taught alongside each other on the course. This ensures that you are part of a larger group and will be able to share ideas and discuss issues with a range of different professionals.
The distance learning route runs parallel, using collaboration tools via the University's virtual learning environment Blackboard. You learn in action learning groups and use discussion forums and web portfolios to demonstrate your new knowledge. Social media helps bring you together with your peers to share comments and create a strong course community.
We provide tailored support to ensure you gain the most out of your course including one-to-one tutorial support. You are taught by an enthusiastic and multiprofessional course team passionate about high quality education for better patient care.
When you successfully complete the postgraduate certificate you may receive Higher Education Agency (HEA) accreditation as Fellow or Associate Fellow - dependent on your role as an educator, which recognises your skills in teaching and learning to a national standard.
If you are a therapy radiographer, College of Radiographers approval has been applied for and further information will be given as this process reaches a conclusion.
**The postgraduate certificate is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Nurse Teacher. **You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practise in the UK.
If you are an allied health professional then by completing a module in year one you can gain accreditation as a practice educator.
The course is mapped to AoME standards and COPDEND standards for doctors and dentists to use as evidence for continuing professional development.
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
The masters award (MSc) is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.
Postgraduate certificate core modules
Postgraduate diploma core modules
This course helps your career path in education and clinical practice. The ability to facilitate learning in others is an essential part of professional practice in modern healthcare settings.
Students from the medical professions use this course as part of their preparation for consultant posts. The course allows you to evidence and demonstrate educational leadership.
NMC registered professionals can use this towards gaining NMC teacher status. Others choose to enhance their career as part of a higher education team providing pre-registration nursing and midwifery education.
Dental trainers have used this course to enhance their eligibility in the support of dental trainees.
The course has been designed to meet the needs of students wishing to understand the application of communication principles to healthcare contexts. This new course has specifically been designed to meet the needs of students who wish to gain a formal qualification in Communication Management in Healthcare. The target market for students is identified to include those working in communication positions or have communication related roles and responsibilities within a range of healthcare settings, including public, private and voluntary sectors.
- Work Based Project is included
- Students who have completed the PgCert Communication Management in Healthcare Communication can proceed to PgDip/MSc Communication and Public Relations (Healthcare).
- Description -
The course aims to facilitate a comprehensive and critical understanding of communication within healthcare and how this can be maintained through positive action at organisational and management levels. This is conceptualized as occurring within a multi-level framework that encompasses a focus on individual issues, the needs of targeted groups and the wider societal and cultural context. This course provides for the development of critical, analytical and independent thinking and aims to facilitate the skills necessary for employment, academic progression and continuing professional development.
- Teaching and learning assessment -
Learning and Teaching Methods: Lectures, seminars, group work, practical classes, guest speakers, Blackboard and self-directed learning.
Assessment Methods: Essays, reports, case studies, presentations, work-based project, and group work.
This programme aims to facilitate the development of skills and knowledge pertaining to communication issues within a health context, and would therefore provide development opportunities towards furthering a career in a health-related profession with a communication remit or in communication within a healthcare context.
How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg
1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We recruit international students from more than 100 different countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.
To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/postgraduate
A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships
CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support