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Medical Education MSc (Distance Learning)

Course Description

This part time distance learning award aims to enhance your skills in the facilitation of the learning of others within your own workplace setting. Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage provides the opportunity for accreditation as Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The award will enable you to:
-Examine, reflect upon and improve your teaching skills.
-Consider the strengths, drawbacks and practical implications of different teaching methods and relate these to your own workplace setting.
-Deepen your knowledge of the evidence base for some of the underpinning theory of education.

The course is aimed at all medical educators, clinical and postgraduate tutors, nurses, health visitors and therapists, general practice course organisers and trainers, undergraduate tutors and all others involved in teaching in a health or social care setting. It is suitable for experienced teachers who wish to up-date or re-assess their skills as well as novice teachers looking for a ‘teaching tool-box’ of new skills and knowledge.

You will expect to complete the MSc between three and five years, however you may also choose to exit this course with one of the three awards, each stage being worth 60 credits of study (please see module information below) and will normally take 12 -15 months to achieve.

In order to fit in with your work commitments this is a distance learning course and you can join at any point in the academic year. Whilst you can study at your own pace, the modules run over a 12 week period. All course material necessary for the modules is available on line through Staffordshire University’s virtual learning environment, ‘Blackboard’. This approach to learning offers you choice and flexibility about when you access your learning materials and you are able to study at a pace that suits you.

You are expected to engage with all on-line activities in a timely manner and you should be prepared to allocate around 150 hours of independent study per module including engagement with on-line resources, reading time, and assignment preparation.

The Postgraduate Certificate stage of study comprises of 4 x 15 credit modules (see below) which provide an underpinning knowledge of educational theory, aiming to improve your teaching and learning skills with your learners / trainees in your workplace. You will consider all aspects of teaching and learning from devising a lesson plan to assessing a learner at the end of their period of study. You will consider how students learn and how you can adapt your teaching style to optimise learning; you will evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching methods and how you use the resources available to you in your own teaching practice; you will reflect upon the effectiveness of your teaching style and will analyse the assessment methods utilised in the teaching and learning process.

Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage provides the opportunity for accreditation as Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The Postgraduate Diploma stage of study also comprises of 4 x 15 credit modules (see below) although it is designed to give you more flexibility in what you learn. You will consider your own workplace as a learning environment and contemplate the current practice within health education and the impact this has on your own learners / trainees. You will have the opportunity to develop your own module around an area of interest to you in relation to medical education and you will undertake a research methods module to equip you with the essential skills prior to starting your Masters stage of the award.

The final year of the MSc in Medical Education consists of a single 60 credit piece of work that may be a dissertation (desk based or empirical) or a project based change. The topic should be one that is relevant and interesting to you both personally and professionally and, in order to meet the requirements of the award, should be within the broad topic area of ‘medical education’. There will be opportunity within your programme to discuss the possible focus of this stage of your study with tutors, although to help give you some ideas for a subject area, previous topics studied by students on the medical education award have included mentoring, medical students with dyslexia, e-learning, roles of staff, evaluation of training programmes, and use of students as patients in training.

You will be allocated a dissertation / project based change supervisor to guide you through this stage of your study.

Course content

You will undertake a total of 180 credits to achieve the Masters in Medical Education. Each stage of the award is worth 60 credits, therefore to achieve the:
Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education you will study:
-Introduction to Educational Theory (15 credits)
-Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Healthcare (15 credits)
-Assessment and Appraisal in Healthcare Education (15 credits)
-Observation and Reflection on Healthcare Teaching (15 credits)
-Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate will lead to accreditation as Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Postgraduate Diploma Medical Education you will go on to study:
-The Culture of Education in Healthcare (15 credits)
-Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Education (15 credits)
-Negotiated Module (15 credits)
-Research Methods and Methodologies (15 credits)

Masters in Medical Education you will go on to study:
-Project Based Change (60 Credits)
-Masters Dissertation (60 Credits)

Employment opportunities

This award will provide an opportunity for career progression and completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage enables registration as an Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy.

Visit the Medical Education MSc (Distance Learning) page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dr Sarabjit Clare

Dr Sarabjit Clare, Consultant Acute and General Internal Medicine, City Hospital Birmingham

'My tutor has all the traits of an excellent teacher; inspirational and enthusiastic, she made us want to learn. She helped us express our feelings and made us value many facets of the course that we did not appreciate. My Masters supervisor was always supportive and, most importantly, qestioned me and made me think.'

MSc Medical Education


International Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A professional health or social care qualification, such as medicine, nursing, social work, complimentary therapies, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or podiatry, is required. It is advisable that you are actively involved in teaching in some capacity i.e. students, colleagues or patients, as the modules are based around your own experiences of teaching in the workplace, although it is not a requirement for you to hold a formal teaching position. Competence in the English language is essential. Applicants for whom English is not the first language must be able to demonstrate their competence, at an IELTS level of 7 or equivalent.

Last Updated

05 September 2016

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