MSc Health and Medical Education

Why choose Herts?

Industry Accreditation: Graduates apply for accreditation as a Simulation Educator with recognised national simulation organisations such as ASPiH.

Work Placement Opportunities: Work placement options are available as well as visits to local simulation centres.

Teaching Excellence: The programme director, Kenneth Spearpoint is a faculty member for the award-winning British Association of Urological Surgeons annual Simulation Bootcamp.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

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

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

The University year is divided into 3 semesters;

Semester A - September - January  

Semester B - January - May

Semester C - June - September

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) an interim award of Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Medical Education (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.

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 4-5 taught days spread out over several months) together with independent study.

The programme comprises of compulsory, specialist and optional modules.


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

PgCert Modules (60 Credits required)

• Health and Medical Education in the Workplace (30 credits) – compulsory

• Clinical Supervision in Medical Practice (30 credits)


• Evidence Based Practice (30 credits)

Master’s Degree modules (180 Credits required)

• Health and Medical Education in the Workplace (30 credits) – compulsory

• Clinical Supervision in Medical Practice (30 credits) – compulsory

• Evidence-Based Practice (30 credits) – compulsory

• Healthcare Disciplines Project (30 credits) – compulsory

Optional modules

Choose from the following:

• Work Based Learning (30 credits)

• Technology Enhanced Learning (30 credits)

• Health Technology and Innovation (30 credits)

• Core Competencies Medical Practice (30 credits)

• Leadership in Practice (30 credits)

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.

What will I study?

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 Disciplines Project (30 credits).

Key staff

Admissions tutor: Ken Spearpoint 

  • 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
  • Key staff

    Dr Zamzam Ahmed
    Programme Leader
    Find out more about Dr Zamzam Ahmed

    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Health and Medical Education Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Health and Medical Education Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


    Student experience

    At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

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