MSc in Health Professions Education (Full time)


Develop your knowledge and skills as a tutor, educator and researcher by studying our distance-learning programme

Our Postgraduate MSc in Health Professions Education is designed especially for intercalating students and health care professionals who are interested in education. This course covers a wide variety of topics of interest to anyone working in nursing, midwifery, radiography, physiotherapy, pharmacy, dentistry or other health profession.

You will gain an expert understanding of curriculum design, delivery, assessment, feedback, leadership and research approaches to education across the health professions. This programme will enhance your professional credibility and confidence in teaching and practice.

You can choose to study either distance learning which is 100% online or blended learning which includes one face-to-face study day per module.  

Programme Modules

Learning and Teaching

You will be introduced to the key principles of learning and teaching within a health profession environment. You will enhance your skills as an effective clinical teacher, equipping you with innovative teaching skills and providing you with a strong grounding in educational theory.

Contemporary Issues in Health Professions Education

This module will provide you with a theoretical awareness of contemporary issues, from the latest educational theory and the context of teaching through to factors influencing curriculum design and delivery.

Assessment and Feedback

You will be provided with a good understanding of the theory underpinning effective assessment and feedback. You will consider a diverse range of assessment, the principles of providing good feedback and the contemporary theory underpinning assessment and feedback.

Professional and Reflective Practice

During this module you will develop the tools and framework to reflect critically on your practice as a health professions educator. You will reflect on professional conduct as a critical part of professional practice and familiarise yourself with behavioural measures of these subjective constructs. Learner, peer and self-evaluation feedback will be used to enhance your own teaching practice.

Research Approaches in Health Professions Education 

In this module you will be introduced to the philosophies, methodologies and methods common within health professions education research. You will gain an understanding of research design and be supported in the development of a research question and proposal.

Leadership in Health Professions Education

You ​will be empowered to explore theories and models of leadership and management in the context of health professions education. You will reflect on institutional and personal leadership approaches and explore a specific area of leadership relating to your own educational context.

Major Research Project

During the year you will complete a major research project (dissertation); You will be encouraged to choose a topic that is relevant to your own practice or developing interests.

Teaching Methods

The course is taught using a mix of face-to-face study days with distance learning throughout the modules. Study days are either on campus at the University of Hull or the University of York. For students who are unable to commit to the study days, we offer an online only programme.

A range of teaching and learning activities will be used in the delivery of this programme, these include:

  • Self-directed learning
  • Small Groups
  • One-to-one mentoring 
  • Online learning e.g. discussion board and quizzes
  • Formative and Summative Feedback
  • Self-assessment activities 

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a relevant undergraduate degree or its equivalent and have access to an appropriate level of teaching activity (we recommend around 18 hours which should ideally consist of a few separate events) during the year of the programme. 

Intercalating students

Students considering intercalating on the full time MSc in Health Professions Education must have a satisfactorily completed a minimum of three years on their undergraduate degree. Intercalating students will be offered peer teaching opportunities to help them meet the learning outcomes. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of proficiency in English Language as follows: IELTS: 7.0 (in the academic test, with minimum score of 5.5 in all four language competences: Listening, reading, speaking and writing).

How to Apply 

When you make your application, we may ask you for the following documents:

  • Personal statement
  • Academic transcript
  • Your CV (curriculum vitae)
  • Copy of a language certificate

Applications for this programme should be submitted by 31st August 2017. Early applications are encouraged as entry is competitive.

To apply for the full time MSc in Health Professions Education please e-mail