MSc Health and Medical Simulation

Key information

Course Leader: Kenneth Spearpoint

Level: 7

Start date: Semester A and B

Mode of delivery: Blended learning

School: Life & Medical Sciences

Entry Requirements

Pre Requisites / Entry Criteria

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

References will be required to confirm specialist experience.

For country specific international qualifications please check International qualifications please check here .


Before applying please contact Ken to discuss a programme of study for each academic year.  Please also refer to the model programme of study in the downloads on the righ thandside.


This innovative and contemporary programme is designed for medical doctors, medical & nursing educators, other healthcare professionals and technicians with a specialist interest in simulation based medical education. In addition to being a highly sought after method of learning and teaching, clinical simulation (both high and low fidelity) is seen as an effective method of reducing clinical risk. 

This programme will provide students with the skills to maximise the use of simulation based medical education to enhance the knowledge, skills and experiences of their students, act as consultants in building their own simulation provision and the use of simulation as a means of identifying system failure.

Postgraduate Medicine at the University has been highly evaluated for its standard of teaching and student support and students will benefit from using an expanding range of simulation facilities supported by expert academic, clinical and technical staff.

Learning Outcomes

This programme aims to:

  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills required to utilise high, medium and low fidelity simulation as a training and educational tool in order to improve the knowledge, skills and experiences of others.
  • Enable students to empower others to transfer learning acquired in simulation scenarios to the workplace in order to increase patient safety and improve the quality of services.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching in simulation settings on the knowledge and skills of other health care practitioners in order to increase patient safety and improve the quality of services.
  • Critically appraise best evidence in order to inform and develop practice in simulation based medical education

Programme Structure

The programme of study follows a flexible, modular approach which offers students the opportunity to study a comprehensive range of subjects pertinent to the provision of high-quality simulation education practice. The curriculum contained within the two specialist modules includes simulation pedagogy, the design and delivery of scenarios, contemporary debriefing, planning simulation facilities, programming simulators, patient-safety, human factors and non-technical skills, clinical governance, risk management. 

This programme provides both optional and compulsory access to related specialist content to broaden student’s educational expertise which is invaluable in today’s competitive workplace and brings a richness to the overall programme from an inter-professional and intra-professional perspective. The modular structure is outlined below. 

Modular Structure 

An academic award of an MSc requires the student to acquire 180 credits, which will comprised of the two specialist modules, the two compulsory core modules and two of the four optional modules. Your programme of study will be agreed with your programme leader.

Compulsory Specialist modules (30 credits each)

• Health and Medical Simulation: Design and Delivery

• Medical Emergencies and Human Error: Managing Risk, Improving Services

Optional modules common interest (30 credits each)

• Technology Enhanced Learning

• Leadership in Practice

• Health and Medical Education in the Workplace

• Work Based Learning 

Compulsory core modules (30 credits each)

• Evidence Based Practice

• Service Development Project


Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 30 credits and relates to self-funding students assessed as UK students for fee purposes Prices may differ for students that are assessed as Overseas, or for returning students that are on a course leading to an award award e.g. MSc as module fees stay the same as they were in your year of entry to the programme. Click here for Fees and Funding information or email us. To obtain a PG student loan, you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just an individual module.


MSc Health and Medical Simulation

Programme Specification

MSc Health and Medical Simulation


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International/EU applicants without pre-settled status in the UK

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