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Medical and Healthcare Simulation (MSc)

Course Description

About the course

This programme offers the opportunity to study all aspects of Simulation as way of providing education and training to others, whilst grounding it firmly in a sound evidence based knowledge of educational theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to study all aspects of the theory and practice of health and medical education in the workplace, the design, and delivery of scenarios and simulation sessions, planning simulation facilities, programming simulators. You will also have the opportunity to study medical emergencies and managing risk, leadership and teamwork, business skills, and evidence based practice.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-medical-and-healthcare-simulation

What are the key skills that I will gain?

On a masters programme you will gain many different skills and a lot of knowledge. The main aims of this programme is to:
- Provide you with the knowledge and skills required to utilize high and low fidelity simulation as a training and educational tool to improve the knowledge and skills of participants

- Enable you to empower others to transfer learning acquired in simulation scenarios to the workplace in order to improve services and increase patient safety

- Enable you to evaluate the effectiveness of your teaching in simulation on the knowledge and skills of other health care practitioners in order to increase patient safety and improve the quality of services

- Enable you to critically appraise best evidence in order to inform your educational and training practice in simulation

Is this for me?

If you are involved in the provision of medical or healthcare simulation then this programme has a route for you. As a clinician you may be from a medical or other healthcare background where you are involved in the provision of training and education which would benefit from the utilisation of simulation, or you may already be using simulation as an education or training tool. If you do not have a clinical background you may be interested in the technical side of simulation, and the leadership and business acumen that might benefit you in your role. There are a range of modules and awards within the MSc that would add to your professional development in the field.

What will I gain?

The programme leads to the award of MSc Medical and Healthcare Simulation; Postgraduate Diploma in Medical and Healthcare Simulation; or Postgraduate Certificate in Medical and Healthcare Simulation, depending on the number and combination of modules that you choose to study.

Why choose this course?

Simulation is now recognised as a key component in managing medical emergencies, understanding the effect of interpersonal and team dynamics on quality of patient care, increasing patient safety and improving services. Therefore, there is a growing need for clinical facilitators who are developed to deliver high quality simulation training and education.

UH has state of the art simulation facilities, a track record, and the expertise in simulation education. This programme is unique in the UK.

The MSc Medical and Healthcare Simulation has been developed to enable students to develop advanced knowledge and skills needed to provide high quality effective education and training across a range of situations, using Simulation as the primary tool.


- Career Opportunities
The use of medical simulation and the teaching of human factors is a rapidly developing area within medical and healthcare education. A number of our previous students have achieved significant promotions and career enhancements following or during this programme of study.

Teaching methods

- Teaching Approach
Our teaching places the student experience in the forefront of what we do. We use contemporary educational approaches that embrace adult learning in the development of a positive, safe educational environment to encourage active facilitated learning for our students.

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-medical-and-healthcare-simulation#how-to-apply

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

Visit the Medical and Healthcare Simulation (MSc) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

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; Normally employed in a relevant area of practice whilst enrolled on the programme; Overseas students will need to satisfy the University's English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 or above (or TOEFL equivalent).

Course Fees

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

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