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Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Education Health Care / Medicine Teaching / Training

Course type


Course Summary

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.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc 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).


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


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.


The primary learning strategy utilised within this module is independent learning. The foundation and direction for your learning will be through the virtual learning environment, Blackboard, where you will be directed to the main theoretical concepts that you need to study although you will be expected to progress your knowledge through independent reading and reflection on how the theory can be applied in your own teaching and learning practice. A variety of teaching methods will be utilised to include lead lectures, delivered through podcasts, and self directed PowerPoint presentations as well as more interactive activities such as identification of your learning style, formative quizzes, article critique, and online discussion forums. The practical experience of teaching in the healthcare setting that you bring will be the basis for reflection and discussion in the online discussion forums; you will be encouraged to reflect on your teaching strategies and student feedback.
Research Methods and Methodologies (15 Credits) - Core
Negotiated Learning Module 2 (15 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will 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.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with leading industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. With a history dating back to the early part of the 20th century, Staffordshire University gained its university status in...more

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