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MSc Simulation Based Education

Course Description

Simulation Based Education MSc provides standards for clinical educators in the use of simulation for safe clinical practice. The programme is designed to offer participants a specialist qualification in the emerging role of an educator in simulation based education for safe health care practice.


The MSc in Simulation Based Education for safe practice provides standards for clinical educators in the use of simulation in healthcare. The programme is designed to offer participants a flexible qualification for their role as an educator in this specialist area of health care education. Ther are four 15 credit modules for each of the certificate and diploma levels and then options for the masters component. The degree involves some face to face modules with some modules available on line. The degree can be taken full or part time depending on participants' commitments.

The programme will meet the needs of the global expansion in the use of simulation I for health care practitioners over the past 15 years. This programme provides opportunities for educators to support the effective and efficient use of simulation for the development of consistent high standards of health care in a safe environment without harming patients.

Why study Simulation Based Education with Dundee University?

The University of Dundee has been at the forefront of medical education for over 50 years and was one of the first Universities to develop a purpose built skills and simulation centre in the UK. The facilities have since been expanded and updated and provide opportunities skills, drills and immersive and distributed simulation learning events. The ward simulation exercise was developed in Dundee.

All teaching staff are specialist healthcare educators with extensive experience of post-graduate teaching on University and UK NHS (National Health Service) training programmes. There is an option to develop a PhD proposal having completed the Masters as there is a thriving surgical skills and centre for medical education as part of the Medical Education Institute.

What are the aims of the programme?

The programme will give participants the capability to use simulation to enhance individuals performance in any health care setting analyse team performance through debriefing and feedback and familiarise participants with the latest simulators to support the development of consistent high standards of health care in a safe environment without harming patients.

Teaching & Assessment

The programme can be undertaken part or full time and has 3 optional exit points at Cert, Dip and MSc. The focus at certificate level will be on Teacher as Practitioner of SBE for Safe Clinical Practice. at diploma level on teacher as leader and at masters level on teacher as scholar or researcher.

How is this course taught?

The educational philosophy underlying the programme is one of experiential learning placing a clear emphasis on transforming theory into practice using simulation to best effect.

The modules will build on the participants’ current educational practices incorporating how simulation can enhance learning most effectively. Participants’ reflective abilities will be enhanced through taking part in the programme.

Participants will also be given the opportunity for sociocultural learning both in the face-to-face and e-learning components. This blended learning approach with face -to -face and on line learning opportunities will enable participants’ to build on and maximise the support for their learning as they apply it to their own workplace setting. This community of practice will enable them to develop both their confidence and competence as an educator, leader or scholar in SBE.

Structure of Programme

At certificate level Teacher as practitioner of SBE for safe clinical practice
Students will undertake 4 x15 credit modules in four core modules:

Clinical Skills and Simulation, (5 days face to face teaching component in Dundee)
An introduction to patient safety and quality improvement, (5 days face to face teaching in Dundee)
Teaching and Learning in medical education
Principles of Assessment in medical education.

At diploma level Teacher as leader of SBE for Safe Clinical Practice
Students will undertake 4x15 credit modules in four core modules:

Clinical leadership
Curriculum design
Effective Debriefing ( 5 days in Dundee )
Feedback and Simulators and Simulated patients

At MSc Level Teacher as scholar and /or researcher of SBE for Safe Clinical Practice
Students have a choice of how to structure their masters year:

Option 1 - Two modules (Research methods and one option from the following: human factors, safe team working, safe communication) and Dissertation (5000-7000 words)
Option 2 - One module (Research methods) and Dissertation (10,000- 12000 words)

How is this course assessed?

The course will be assessed through a variety of methods including completion of completion of written assignments and the production of a dissertation.

Full Time and Part Time

Full Time Mode:
The full time programme works on a three week modular cycle where the first week of each of the modules is a face-to-face programme, the reminder of the module is spent on self-directed study and activities.

Part Time Mode:
The part -time programme works on a 10 week cycle. Participants are required to attend 2, 5 day face-to-face teaching components at the start of 2 of the 4 modules offered at Cert and Dip .The other modules can be undertaken entirely on- line.


The course is designed for healthcare educators who wish to gain specialist knowledge in the growing area of the use of simulation in healthcare training and education. Health care professionals are increasingly using simulation to provide evidence of their capability to practice as clinician or/and as an educator. In addition regulatory bodies such as the GMC require evidence of teaching and training in their annual review and revalidation processes. The development of simulation facilities both nationally and internationally requires a standard of practice as an educator using simulation which is transferable. Increasingly academic institutions are recognising teaching and scholarship as a pathway for career progression and this award-bearing course will provide evidence of academic development and achievement.

Part time participants will join teaching with the full time students whilst in Dundee.

Visit the MSc Simulation Based Education page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicant must have Graduate level or equivalent Health care qualification in a relevant subject.English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

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