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Higher Professional Education (MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert)

Course Description

The Higher Professional Education programme builds the knowledge and skills and challenge the attitudes of those currently involved in professional education in the context of health and social care. It offers the opportunity to understand the emerging nature of professional education in health and social care, its context and your role within it. It also aids the development of your knowledge, skills and expertise as an educational practitioner, curriculum developer and strategic planner in your chosen area.

This programme is open to applicants who are currently practising in a health or social care setting within the UK. The programme starts in September or January and is designed for a wide range of health and social care professionals who are involved in education, training or facilitation for all or part of their role.

The programme will provide a framework for you to:
- appraise critically your role and that of others within health and social care education
- develop a greater depth of understanding of the nature of professional education
- develop your knowledge, skills and experience as practitioners, curriculum developers and/or strategic planners.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/higher-professional-education-/

Why choose this course?

- We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) and a campus in Swindon (Ferndale), equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.

- Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).

- We support multi- and interprofessional learning and teaching and offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.

- Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

- Oxford Brookes is rated internationally excellent across a broad range of subjects in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance, of which 10% was rated as world-leading.

- Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Teaching and learning

The course team is committed to embedding the principles of adult learning into their own practice as educators. By this we mean valuing, and drawing on, the richness and experience of course members, encouraging them to be actively engaged in the learning process and developing a partnership approach between teaching staff and course members based on self-awareness, negotiation and mutual respect.

There is a strong commitment to participative teaching methods, such as student-centred learning, which is achieved through a partnership approach built upon mutual respect and negotiation. Reflection is used at many levels and provides a valuable strategy for examining and integrating theory and practice, and for monitoring and evaluating individual learning. There is also strong emphasis on acknowledging the rights, roles and expectations of clients in practice as well as those whom you support in your learning.

You are expected to explore your own practice, recognising potentially discriminatory practices, reflecting on them and incorporating change where appropriate.

Assessment is based on coursework. Throughout the course the assessments are designed to help you focus on the areas most appropriate to your field of work. The emphasis on self-assessment promotes reflection and self-awareness in analysing academic and professional abilities.

How this course helps you develop

Personal and professional development:
- opportunities to develop postgraduate attributes for example digital literacy, communication and teamworking
- networking and working collaboratively with colleagues from a range of professions and specialities.


Graduates are employed in a range of education roles within health and social care services and academic organisations.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Visit the Higher Professional Education (MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must: be a registered health or social care professional, with a registration acceptable to the relevant United Kingdom professional body; have an honours degree or a professional qualification equivalent to a first degree, or be able to produce evidence of the ability to study at your proposed level of entry if requested; have a minimum of two years' professional practice experience; be employed or have access to a health care setting that will enable achievement of the learning outcomes, ie hold a post which includes a significant role as a teacher/facilitator in a health or social care setting.

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