Medical and Healthcare Education MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time, distance learning)


January 2017, September 2017

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Course duration: 12 months full-time (September starts), 2 years part-time.

Start dates

September: Chelmsford
January: Cambridge, Distance Learning

PG Cert and PG Dip available in January and September: Chelmsford, Distance Learning 

Teaching Times

Part-time Chelmsford: Trimester 1: Tuesdays 9am-5pm; Trimester 2: Thursdays 9am - 5pm;

Trimester 3: Tuesdays or Thursdays 9am - 5pm depending on module choice

Part-time Cambridge: Trimester 2: Tuesdays 9am - 5pm; Trimester 3: Thursdays 9am-5pm


Combine your joint passions for health and education with our MSc in Medical and Healthcare Education, which will prepare to become one of the educational leaders of the future in the healthcare sector.

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Full description


On this course you’ll develop an educational, training or mentoring role in your sector of healthcare. It’ll help your career path in education alongside clinical practice, enhancing your role in your team and enabling you to make a real difference.

Our MSc meets the professional body requirements for nursing and midwifery: it will allow you to work towards the Nursing and Midwifery College (NMC) practice teacher role and the NMC Stage 4 teacher recordable qualification. It also provides evidence to gain GP Trainer status and as a student, you can apply for a fellowship with Anglia Ruskin and the Higher Education Academy.

Modules & assessment

Core modules, all stages

  • Core Concepts in Learning and Teaching
    This module intends to introduce you to the core concepts of learning, teaching and assessment within a professional/higher educational context. It will encourage you to use effective models of reflection to develop and enhance your own teaching practices in light of relevant theoretical models of learning and your own experience as learners and teachers. The module will address practical aspects of teaching from motivating learners through designing and utilising learning resources, to enhance your teaching strategies. Additionally it will provide guidance on planning sessions and courses to maximise the quality of the learning experience of learners incorporating critical analysis of educational feedback strategies.
  • Curricular and Structural Concepts for Lifelong Learning
    This module intends to further expand your understanding of the evidence base within learning, teaching and assessment. This will extend to the domains of the organisational, curricular and structural concepts of learning and teaching embedded within lifelong learning approaches, curriculum development theory, assessment and professional access and accreditation processes. This will promote the holistic approach to learning and teaching in totality and how education positively impacts on healthcare delivery.
  • Major Project
    The major project is at the centre of the Masters award and allows you to demonstrate your creativity and apply the skills and concepts you have learned in the previous modules. It is the opportunity for you to carry out an in depth study in a specific area and to expand or redefine existing knowledge. In practical terms, you’ll be provided with a list of available research projects prior to the major project but will also have the opportunity to suggest your own projects. It is hoped that many of these projects will be carried out with either an industrial partner or a clinician. In the course of the project you may generate intellectual property, defined as an idea, invention or creation which can be protected by law from being copied by someone else.

Core modules, PG Diploma and MSc stage

  • Research Studies
    Designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It provides you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of inquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.

Core modules, MSc stage

  • Masters Dissertation
    This module is of central importance to your Masters award. You will be expected to bring together aspects of learning from previous modules and to use it as the basis for planning, conducting and writing up a research or work-based project.

Optional modules

  • Global Leadership
    This model consists of four elements: effective decision-making, adoption of a global approach, creation of a new business paradigm and a contemporary mission. It also considers the related concept of mis-leadership, which looks at how leaders have often failed to achieve the optimum outcomes for those they lead. Leaders predominantly create context and this module will explore the skills required to successfully mould and develop the context in a chaotic environment.
  • Advanced Educational Studies for Health Professionals
    This module provides opportunity for health care professionals involved in educational practice in your professional context. It’ll enable you to explore your uni-professional requirements in line with your professional, current political and social drivers, professional regulatory body requirements and the legal, ethical and statutory frameworks that underpin your educational practice. The focus will be on developing leadership in education in your respective educational context.
  • Advancing Professional Decision Making
    Advance your decision making skills through critical reflection, with the help of a 'critical friend'. This is a specialist designated module for the Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care course. Current health and social care policy and the modernisation of the NHS, and other international models demands new ways of working across traditional boundaries, and the implementation of national targets at local level. This requires the development of roles for confident autonomous practitioners, who possess the knowledge and skills to implement complex decisions in a rapidly changing environment and to play key roles in service development. You’ll need to be able to utilise practical decision making skills within an area of professional knowledge and to develop strategies to facilitate the implementation of the outcomes of the decision making process into practice, either as an individual or within a team/organisation. Management of change and service development are seen as core elements of the module, together with the enhancement of professional judgment and leadership.
  • Educational Practice for Professional Learning for NMC Registrants
    This module is only suitable for NMC 1st level nurses registrants. In 2008, the NMC republished Standards for Learning and Assessment in Practice (SLAiP). Principle E states that the NMC will only record a teaching qualification for those who have taken an NMC approved teaching preparation programme and successfully completed the outcomes of stage 4 of the framework. The purpose of this module is for you to obtain the recordable nurse tutor qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK).
  • Collaborative Practice in Integrated Care
    The role of individuals is a central part of the government's agenda for modernisation, as evidenced by the creation of consultant practitioners posts (e.g. consultant nurse and consultant therapist). These posts function across professional and organisational boundaries and provide strategic direction to their particular area of expertise. Equally, in social work closer links are being forged in terms of policy, practice and organisations. Implementing this policy is often fraught with difficulties. Interprofessional working/partnerships require the development of skills and knowledge to build capacity for shared understanding and maintaining relationships or focus. This module seeks to address some of the most salient issues.
  • Learning and Teaching Using Learning Technologies
    Build on developments in learning technologies by providing you with the opportunity to explore the context and issues of the pedagogy of technology-enhanced learning, including facilitated learning via the Internet. Following an initial consideration of learning, teaching and assessment issues and practices of technology enhanced learning in relation to education, the module goes on to consider issues underpinning the development and design of learning materials for technology-enhanced delivery such as building online learning communities, multimedia learning and learning using asynchronous and synchronous communication tools. Particular attention will be paid to developing, monitoring and evaluation skills and procedures to ensure the quality and appropriateness of a flexible technology-enhanced learning experience. Technology-enhanced learning can be defined as the use of electronic technology and media to facilitate, support and enhance learning, teaching, assessment and research.


All our students study a range of core modules. At both the PG Diploma and MSc stages you can also choose one optional module. 

You’ll be assessed in a range of ways, depending on the modules you choose. Your assessment will include written essays, research proposals, educational portfolios and research reports. If you’re taking the full Masters course then you’ll also need to complete a dissertation.

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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