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Have you thought about your future as one of innovation, change, education and excellence? Are you keen to take your nursing knowledge and skills to postgraduate level and develop your educational role? MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Education) offers a recordable Nursing and Midwifery Council qualification that could be your route to a career teaching in academic or clinical settings.

In Higher Education Institutions you can become part of an academic community working to develop, impart and apply current knowledge using a range of teaching and learning approaches. In practice settings, postgraduate study prepares you to identify and meet the clinical team’s continuing professional development needs whilst also leading the development of practice.

Key features

  • Raise the standard of nursing through educational expertise – MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Education) provides education at an advanced level, responsive to the changing health and social care environment and using the latest technological developments.
  • Become part of an academic community and develop close partnership working. You’ll work with other professionals and forge relationships in the academic arena, enabling you to influence the future of nursing.
  • Make the most of our blended learning, which includes various learning and teaching strategies such as e-learning and problem based learning. Research-informed teaching is embedded throughout the curriculum.
  • Benefit from a programme which meets the requirements of professional bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recordable teaching qualification as well as the award of Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA). 
  • Select a route within the pathway to enhance your knowledge and skills in a specific area of your choice, undertaking a seamless journey from practitioner to educator.
  • Choose from three award pathways: postgraduate certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; postgraduate diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and masters (MSc), 180 credits.

Course details

Programme overview

To achieve a postgraduate certificate (PgCert), you will need to earn 60 credits, made up of two core modules: PGCAP711 Introduction to Teaching and Learning (20 credits) and MCH513 Teaching for Practice (40 credits). Please note you will need to complete module PGCAP711 before commencing MCH513.

To achieve a postgraduate diploma (PgDip), you will need to earn 120 credits, including the 60 credits achieved in Year 1. In your second year you will complete the core modules APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1 (20 credits) and APP703 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2 (20 credits). The remaining 20 credits can be achieved from one of two optional modules: PGCAP712 Developing Professional Practice; or PGCAP714 Negotiated Study Module.

For a full Master of Science (MSc), you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study.

Year 1

In your first year, you’ll prepare to make a contribution to education in practice and take a lead role in the development of educational practice within your practice setting, enabling you to apply contemporary issues in practice. 

Core modules

  • MCH513 Teaching for Practice

Optional modules

  • PGCAP711 Introduction to Teaching and Learning

Year 2

In your second year, you’ll develop an understanding of research designs and methods as well as the knowledge and skills necessary for the development of your research proposal. Optional modules include developing professional practice or negotiated study.

Core modules

  • APP703 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2
  • APP745 Research Methodology and Application

Optional modules

  • PGCAP712 Developing Professional Practice
  • PGCAP714 Negotiated Study Module

Final year

In your final year you’ll have the opportunity to apply your understanding and knowledge of research methodology with the dissertation.

Core modules

  • MCH504 Dissertation

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Contemporary Healthcare Education programme specification 5533

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


Visit the Contemporary Healthcare (Education) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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