Medical Education

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Key facts

Location:
Centre of Excellence Stafford
Location:
Centre of Excellence Stafford
Location:
Centre of Excellence Stafford
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
Duration:
2 Years
Duration:
1 Year
Duration:
1 Year
Start date:
20 September 2021
10 January 2022

Wide-ranging applications

Course is relevant to a wide range of registered health professionals

Gain fellowship

PgCert gives eligibility for Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Excellent support

Accessible and effective tutor support offered throughout the course

This distance learning course is designed for experienced teachers who wish to update or re-assess their skills, as well as novice teachers looking for a ‘teaching tool-box’ of new skills and knowledge.

MSc Medical Education is for:

  • Clinical and postgraduate tutors
  • Nurses
  • Health visitors and therapists
  • General practice course organisers and trainers
  • Undergraduate tutors
  • Others involved in teaching in a healthcare setting.

The course will enhance your reflective practice skills, enabling you to facilitate the learning of others.

MSc Medical Education is for:

  • Clinical and postgraduate tutors
  • Nurses
  • Health visitors and therapists
  • General practice course organisers and trainers
  • Undergraduate tutors
  • Others involved in teaching in a healthcare setting.

The course will enhance your reflective practice skills, enabling you to facilitate the learning of others.

MSc Medical Education is for:

  • Clinical and postgraduate tutors
  • Nurses
  • Health visitors and therapists
  • General practice course organisers and trainers
  • Undergraduate tutors
  • Others involved in teaching in a healthcare setting.

The course will enhance your reflective practice skills, enabling you to facilitate the learning of others.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Medical Education

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PgCert Medical Education

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PgDip Medical Education

Course content

The course is based on adult learning principles, with no taught component – you’ll be supported throughout the course by a tutor who will be available for face-to-face, telephone or Skype tutorials as required.

The course aims:

  • To enable you to examine, reflect upon and improve your teaching skills.
  • To consider the strengths, drawbacks and practical implications of different teaching methods and relate these to your own teaching setting.
  • To deepen your knowledge of the evidence base for some of the underpinning theory of education

On completing 60 credits, there is also an opportunity for accreditation of Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (subject to an additional fee).

The course is based on adult learning principles, with no taught component – you’ll be supported throughout the course by a tutor who will be available for face-to-face, telephone or Skype tutorials as required.

The course aims:

  • To enable you to examine, reflect upon and improve your teaching skills.
  • To consider the strengths, drawbacks and practical implications of different teaching methods and relate these to your own teaching setting.
  • To deepen your knowledge of the evidence base for some of the underpinning theory of education

On completing 60 credits, there is also an opportunity for accreditation of Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (subject to an additional fee).

The course is based on adult learning principles, with no taught component – you’ll be supported throughout the course by a tutor who will be available for face-to-face, telephone or Skype tutorials as required.

The course aims:

  • To enable you to examine, reflect upon and improve your teaching skills.
  • To consider the strengths, drawbacks and practical implications of different teaching methods and relate these to your own teaching setting.
  • To deepen your knowledge of the evidence base for some of the underpinning theory of education

On completing 60 credits, there is also an opportunity for accreditation of Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (subject to an additional fee).

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Contemporary Issues In Healthcare Education 15 credits
Negotiated Learning Module 2 15 credits
Research Methods And Methodologies 15 credits
The Culture Of Education In Healthcare 15 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
There are no compulsory modules for this year.
Show 2 optional modules

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Contemporary Issues In Healthcare Education 15 credits
Negotiated Learning Module 2 15 credits
Research Methods And Methodologies 15 credits
The Culture Of Education In Healthcare 15 credits

Entry requirements

You’ll need a professional qualification in medicine, nursing, social care, or a profession allied to medicine, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy or podiatry.

You’ll normally be in employment or in a position to benefit from this course; for example, you may be retired from active clinical practice and teaching in a paid or voluntary capacity.

It’s advisable that you’ll be actively involved in teaching in some capacity i.e. students, colleagues or patients, because of the nature of the modules, which are based around your own experiences of teaching. However, we appreciate that much of the teaching in healthcare, in particular, is done on an informal basis and it’s therefore not a requirement that you hold a formal teaching position.

You’ll need a professional qualification in medicine, nursing, social care, or a profession allied to medicine, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy or podiatry.

You’ll normally be in employment or in a position to benefit from this course; for example, you may be retired from active clinical practice and teaching in a paid or voluntary capacity.

It’s advisable that you’ll be actively involved in teaching in some capacity i.e. students, colleagues or patients, because of the nature of the modules, which are based around your own experiences of teaching. However, we appreciate that much of the teaching in healthcare, in particular, is done on an informal basis and it’s therefore not a requirement that you hold a formal teaching position.

You’ll need a professional qualification in medicine, nursing, social care, or a profession allied to medicine, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy or podiatry.

You’ll normally be in employment or in a position to benefit from this course; for example, you may be retired from active clinical practice and teaching in a paid or voluntary capacity.

It’s advisable that you’ll be actively involved in teaching in some capacity i.e. students, colleagues or patients, because of the nature of the modules, which are based around your own experiences of teaching. However, we appreciate that much of the teaching in healthcare, in particular, is done on an informal basis and it’s therefore not a requirement that you hold a formal teaching position.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Facilities

Libraries

We have Libraries and Service desks at both sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. All have experienced and friendly staff who can answer your IT queries, help you to access resources, show you how to research for your assignments and even help with referencing.

Some libraries are open 24/7 at key times in the academic year and we have a 24 hour help line too.

Learning Spaces

We also house our new 21st century teaching and learning classrooms with integrated Wolf Vision technology to enhance interactive learning through the use of mobile technologies in theory lessons.

Careers

This course will provide an opportunity for career progression and completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage enables registration as an Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

As this is a Distance Learning course, you’ll be expected to study independently.

The course is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are.

You’ll be allocated a Personal Tutor and can access support and guidance via the Course leader and module leaders. We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

As this is a Distance Learning course, you’ll be expected to study independently.

The course is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are.

You’ll be allocated a Personal Tutor and can access support and guidance via the Course leader and module leaders. We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

As this is a Distance Learning course, you’ll be expected to study independently.

The course is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are.

You’ll be allocated a Personal Tutor and can access support and guidance via the Course leader and module leaders. We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Assessment

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include reflective essays, video clips or e-portfolios.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include reflective essays, video clips or e-portfolios.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include reflective essays, video clips or e-portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

Your study time will vary depending on your module choices.

Most students complete the course in three years, but there is some flexibility for those who wish to take longer, up to a maximum of five years.

While you can study at your own pace, the modules run over a 12-week period. You’ll need to engage with all online activities during this period and will need to allocate around 150 hours of independent study per module.

Once you have successfully completed 60 credits (the first four modules) in year one you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education; completion of this part of the award also provides the opportunity for accreditation of Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (subject to an additional fee).

On successful completion of 120 credits in year two you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and on successful presentation of a dissertation, i.e. attainment of 180 credits, in year three you will be awarded the full Masters.

Your study time will vary depending on your module choices.

Most students complete the course in three years, but there is some flexibility for those who wish to take longer, up to a maximum of five years.

While you can study at your own pace, the modules run over a 12-week period. You’ll need to engage with all online activities during this period and will need to allocate around 150 hours of independent study per module.

Once you have successfully completed 60 credits (the first four modules) in year one you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education; completion of this part of the award also provides the opportunity for accreditation of Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (subject to an additional fee).

On successful completion of 120 credits in year two you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and on successful presentation of a dissertation, i.e. attainment of 180 credits, in year three you will be awarded the full Masters.

Your study time will vary depending on your module choices.

Most students complete the course in three years, but there is some flexibility for those who wish to take longer, up to a maximum of five years.

While you can study at your own pace, the modules run over a 12-week period. You’ll need to engage with all online activities during this period and will need to allocate around 150 hours of independent study per module.

Once you have successfully completed 60 credits (the first four modules) in year one you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education; completion of this part of the award also provides the opportunity for accreditation of Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (subject to an additional fee).

On successful completion of 120 credits in year two you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and on successful presentation of a dissertation, i.e. attainment of 180 credits, in year three you will be awarded the full Masters.

Independent learning

Your independent learning activities could involve:

  • Reading journals, articles and books
  • Working on projects
  • Researching in the library
  • Preparing coursework

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. The e-library at Staffordshire University is an extensive and robust resource for your studies.

Your independent learning activities could involve:

  • Reading journals, articles and books
  • Working on projects
  • Researching in the library
  • Preparing coursework

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. The e-library at Staffordshire University is an extensive and robust resource for your studies.

Your independent learning activities could involve:

  • Reading journals, articles and books
  • Working on projects
  • Researching in the library
  • Preparing coursework

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. The e-library at Staffordshire University is an extensive and robust resource for your studies.

Staff

Dawn Suffolk

Lecturer

Having accumulated 21 years in clinical practice within the areas of intensive care nursing and midwifery practice experience, following a secondment opportunity I've been working within the educational arena since 2004.

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Dr Edward Tolhurst

Senior Lecturer

My research focuses on the experience of dementia and how this is shaped by relationships, social location and sociocultural factors. I teach on modules including Leadership, Dementia Awareness, and Healthy Individuals through the Lifespan.

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Dr Peter Kevern

Professor

Peter's expertise includes dementia studies, ageing and religion and religious communities and their role in health promotion. Peter is a member of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality and is a Trustee of Age Concern (Birmingham…

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Fees

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc-Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Part-time £4,028. per year of study £4,028. per year of study

For the course starting on 10 January 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc-Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Part-time £4,028. per year of study £4,028. per year of study

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for PgCert Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Part-time £2,685 per year of study £2,685 per year of study

For the course starting on 27 December 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for PgCert Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Part-time £2,685 per year of study £2,685 per year of study

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for PgDip Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Part-time £5,370 per year of study £5,370 per year of study

For the course starting on 27 December 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for PgDip Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Part-time £5,370 per year of study £5,370 per year of study

For the course starting on 28 March 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for PgDip Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Part-time £5,370 per year of study £5,370 per year of study

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 90 credits in your first year of study and the other 90 credits in your second year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay the shown amount per year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning. 

For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.

Our students

Lecturer support and feedback was good and easily accessible via email, telephone and blackboard. The assignment briefs worked for me, as I stuck to them rigidly, which obviously worked as I exceeded my initial expectations. Referencing and academic writing became second nature, which is a fantastic skill to have.

Rebekah Edwards

Professional Development Nurse

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If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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