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.

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.

The programme comprises of compulsory, specialist and optional modules. For further details, please click here.

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: 2nd and 3rd February 2017 and 2nd and 3rd March 2017)

· Evidence Based Practice (distance learning module) or

· Clinical Supervision in Medical Practice 

(Semester B campus based teaching dates: 30th and 31st January 2017 and 27th and 28th February 2017)

These are the PROVISIONAL dates for these modules for the academic year 2016/2017:

Semester A (September 2017 to January 2018)

Health and Medical Education in the Workplace

· Monday 2nd October 2017

· Tuesday 17th October

· Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd November 2017

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

· Health Technology and Innovation

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

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Health and Medical Education
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Health and Medical Education

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 MSc Health and Medical Education with interim awards of Postgraduate Diploma Health and Medical Education or Postgraduate Certificate Health and Medical Education.

Course details


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 educators, and other health and social care professionals who are interested in developing their learning & teaching 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 (30 credits).


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Technology Enhanced Learning 30 Credits Optional
    Work Based Learning 30 Credits Optional
    Leadership in Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Core Competencies in Medical Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Health Disciplines Project 30 Credits Optional
    Evidence Based Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Health and Medical Education in the Workplace 30 Credits Optional
    Clinical Supervision in Medical Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Health Technology and Innovation 30 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8925 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £745 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13500 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1125 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    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 an 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

    For more information about entry requirements and transferring existing, related credits to this programme please contact Programme Lead: Ken Speaproint, Principal Lecturer at k.g.spearpoint2@herts.ac.uk

    Note for International Applicants:

    For country specific international qualifications please check here.

    International applicants are welcome on this programme and can be supported with our Core Competencies for Medical Practice module, which focuses on medical English and related skills.

    International students normally require a Student Visa to study a Full Time postgraduate programme in the UK. For the latest information on immigration requirements please visit our international page.

    Full Time, overseas students do not require General Medical Council registration as this programme does not require direct patient contact and management. Please click here to read more about the GMC's New Registration Framework. However, students are advised that they will be advantaged if they are already employed in an area of health or medical practice with opportunities for designing teaching and learning experiences.

    If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • Part Time, 5 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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