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Master of Health and Medical Education (MHMEd)

Course Description

About the course

This programme has been developed to prepare clinicians and health and care professionals for their role as clinical educators and assessors. It is intended to develop skills in providing education within the working environment. It provides inter-professional working opportunities for the study of key aspects of medical education. It is useful for any medical, health or social care professional with an interest in developing their education knowledge and skills.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/master-of-health-and-medical-education

Programme structure

This programme is offered on a modular basis to fit in with existing commitments.

Modules can also be studied on an individual basis. Some of the modules require minimal attendance, and have a large e-learning component; others require some attendance (typically 4 taught days spread out over several months) together with independent study.

- Example of Full Time and Part Time study routes
The University year is divided into 3 semesters;
- Semester A - September - January
- Semester B - January - May
- Semester C - June - September

The programme has 2 intakes per year - September and January. Commencement dates vary depending on the modules selected.

Awards and Credit Requirements

You may study individual modules to gain academic credits or complete a planned programme of study leading to a Masters (180 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or PgCert (60 credits) awards. Most modules are worth 30 postgraduate credits each. You are allowed 5 years from initial registration to complete your academic award.


Depending on the choice of award the programme consists of the following compulsory, specialist and optional modules

- Compulsory Modules: PgCert/PgDip:
- Health and Medical Education in the Workplace
(Semester B campus-based teaching dates: 25th and 26th January 2016 and 7th and 8th March 2016)

- Evidence Based Practice (distance learning module) or

- Clinical Supervision in Medical Practice
(Semester B campus based teaching dates: 22nd and 23rd February 2016 and 14th and 15th March 2016)

- Compulsory Modules: Masters
- Health and Medical Education in the Workplace
- Evidence Based Practice
-Health Care Disciplines Project
- Clinical Supervision in Medical Practice
- Plus an additional two 30 credit optional modules

- Optional modules include:
- Leadership in Practice
- Health and Medical Simulation - Design and Delivery
- Medical Emergencies and Human Error
- Business Skills for Clinicians

The above is an example of optional modules that have been offered previously.

Why choose this course?

- This programme has been developed in response to an evolving NHS and healthcare climate where clinicians are increasingly providing education and support within the working environment. The programme will equip medical and healthcare practitioners with knowledge and skills for developing outstanding educational expertise.

- You will study and explore aspects of educational theory and practice with particular emphasis on adult, clinical and work based learning. There is also an option to study simulation as an educational tool in our very well equipped clinical simulation centre - one of the largest in Europe.

- This programme provides the opportunity to experience a range of teaching and learning techniques, such as blended learning and psychomotor skills training, and the teaching approaches of a range of very experienced clinical educators.

- This programme leads to the award of Master in Health and Medical Education with interim awards of Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Medical Education or Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Medical Education.


This postgraduate programme offers the opportunity for clinicians working in positions where teaching and training is a requirement, to update and enhance their knowledge and skills. This is identified in the Gold Guide (DoH 1997), which specifies that those involved in the provision and management of postgraduate medical training programmes must have required competencies in the range of educational issues covered by the programme.

The programme

Develops the critical skills required to become a knowledgeable and competent practitioner in work based learning in health and medical educational settings.

Raises awareness and fosters critical problem solving regarding the wider contextual factors affecting educational issues in the workplace

Fosters the advanced skills required for multi-professional and inter-professional working.

Provides networking and peer support

The programme (or single modules) will be of interest to:
Medical doctors with an interest in academic medicine and education;

Nurse trainers/tutors, and other health and social care professionals who are interested in developing their educational expertise.

Teaching methods

A variety of teaching methods are used during the programme including seminars, group work, e-learning, and work-based learning. The programme is well supported by expert educationalists; academics with expertise in work based and health based education; doctors and nurses with expertise in competency assessment; and key opinion leaders in the field so that it maintains links with practice and the ability to reflect current trends in educational practice and work based learning.

The course is intensive with a limited amount of classroom based teaching, and requires you to be a self-directed learner and make full use of the e-support provided and of the Virtual Learning Environment - StudyNet.

Our state-of-the-art Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7 to meet your information, computing, study and coursework needs. We receive excellent ratings from current students for our facilities and our virtual learning environment, Studynet.


The programme assessment strategy is designed to facilitate appropriate levels of knowledge and skill. Modules are assessed using a variety of methods including; case study presentations, poster presentations; written assignments. To complete the Master's degree you will complete the final Health Related Project (45 credits), which is substantial piece of written work of 8,000 words.

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/master-of-health-and-medical-education#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Master of Health and Medical Education (MHMEd) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A first degree in a related discipline, although applicants with evidence of equivalent professional/academic experience will be considered. Normally two years full time (or equivalent) experience within a relevant field of practice. Registration with the appropriate professional body. The English language requirement for this programme is, IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 580 or equivalent. For international students - the appropriate visa status to study in the UK

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: Full time £6,100, Part time £510 per module; International Students: Full time £12,000

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