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Medical Education (MA/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

MA Medical Education at Winchester aims to develop students as providers, planners or managers of medical/health-related education, and enables them to undertake educational research into their own practice.

Programme Content

The philosophy of the programme is grounded in a view of professionalism as a research-based activity. Practitioners are encouraged to construct their own practical theories of the situations they encounter in their daily lives, and to test and develop them in action. The overarching aim of the educational research undertaken during the programme is to provide practitioners with new possibilities for professional educational action. Students undertake two years of taught modules followed by a dissertation year.

The programme is suitable for doctors and others working in medical education including clinical tutors, educational supervisors, GP educators and specialist registrars. Applications from other healthcare professionals working in education are welcomed.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/ma-medical-education.aspx


- Professional Education and Development
- Improving Practice (Assessment)
- Improving Practice (Curriculum)
- Practitioner Research

Learning and Teaching

Students present their own work and experiences, and discuss texts with each other and the tutor. External speakers are invited to present work in progress, focusing on current developments in education and medical education.

The teaching and learning methods and styles adopted are founded on the principle that learning is an active, collaborative process involving both participant and tutor, and that the subject of that learning is the professional activity of the student.


Assessments for each module are the equivalent of 4,000 words per 20 credits. Most assignments are in the form of a research project within a medical educational field of the student's choice. It involves a large amount of independent study, with support from a supervisor. In the final year, dissertation supervision is provided individually, face-to-face, by phone or email.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


Medical education is regarded as a sub-speciality in its own right; increasingly educators require additional professional qualifications. This programme develops and extends the educational practice of its students and can form the basis of a research degree or further training, including progress to EdD within the University.

Visit the Medical Education (MA/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mark Szymankiewicz

MA Medical Education

“I am a General Surgical Registrar, with an interest in Laparoscopic Gastro-Intestinal surgery.

“The MA Medical Education programme has allowed me to dedicate time to my own educational development and offers formal recognition of this. I am also currently taking a year out of clinical medicine, undertaking a secondment in Medical Education at Health Education Wessex, which has strong links with the MA.

“I enjoy the theoretical and practical balance of the course – philosophically exploring the fundamental principles of, and
questions about, medical education. The course challenges me to explore issues, rather than offering an existing set of views and solutions, meaning I develop a deeper understanding and address issues holistically.

“As well as a fantastic set of tutors, the taught element offers a valuable opportunity to meet with a group of students who are similarly interested in medical education, but who have varied backgrounds and perspectives.


Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or a professional qualification in a relevant subject and an ongoing role in medical education. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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