MSc Medical and Healthcare Education

Course Duration

24 months

Delivery Method


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Delivered & Awarded by

Anglia Ruskin University 2019

About this Course

Combine your passions for health and education with our MSc in Medical and Healthcare Education, which will prepare you to become one of the educational leaders of the future in the healthcare sector.This inspiring course will give you a good grounding in methods of learning and teaching specifically in the healthcare context. 

Teaching includes large group discussions, seminars, group work, work-based discussions and e-learning. By the time you graduate, your independent thinking and practice and your advanced knowledge base will mean you’re well placed to act as a role model, educator and mentor in an inter-professional context.


Year One

Introducing you to some of the key principles within medical and healthcare education. Encouraging you to reflect upon your own experiences, both as a learner and as an educator. Develop and enhance your own teaching practices, exploring principles, incorporating critical analysis of relevant literature. You’ll address practical aspects of teaching, from motivating learners through to designing effective learning resources to enhance your teaching strategies and we’ll provide guidance on planning, delivering and reflecting on teaching sessions to maximise the quality of your learning experience.

There will be 5 taught workshops with further complementary resources and activities available online. Distance learners will have further resources and activities online which will be complimented with 5 webinars.

Engage with fundamental questions concerning the aims, values and outcomes of education, within your sphere of practice. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on your role within the educational process and how your personal aims and values might influence your practice. You’ll explore incidences of when policy and practice are misaligned and the practical implications of this within your field, drawing on your understanding of educational theory to propose solutions.

Face-to-face delivery will be across 5 workshops with further complementary resources and activities available online. Distance learners will have further resources and activities online which will be complimented with 5 webinars.

Developed for those involved in, or interested in, developing and leading simulation-based learning within medical and healthcare education. Delivered using blended learning, you’ll be encouraged to critically explore the evidence base behind the use of simulation in medical education, before attending 2 workshops based in our state-of-the-art Simulation Suite here at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Campus. During these workshops you’ll experience simulation sessions as both a learner and facilitator, allowing you to see how the theoretical concepts behind simulation are applied in practice.

You’ll be supported through the design and development of a simulation-based learning activity for your specific context and, in a final, follow-up workshop, you’ll lead a session with your fellow students acting as co-facilitators and learners.

Develop specialist techniques required for your role in medical and healthcare education. You’ll have the opportunity to explore 5 techniques (of ten offered) that you believe will benefit your practice. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on how you might use these techniques to address identified areas for development in your practice and benefit your students’ learning.

Face-to-face delivery will be across 5 workshops with further complementary resources and activities available online. Distance learners will have further resources and activities online which will be complimented with 5 webinars.

Explore effective decision-making, adoption of a global approach, creation of a new business paradigm and a contemporary mission. 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.

Advance your decision making skills through critical reflection, with the help of a ‘critical friend’. 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.

Year Two

Designed to give you the tools you need in order to identify and plan research to address a real world problem within your practice, or address a gap in the existing knowledge within your field. You’ll be joined by students from across School of Allied Health which is reflected in the diverse content including: evaluating literature, designing research questions, systematic review procedures, qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis, issues of rigour and ethical considerations in research.

It’ll provide you with a framework which will allow you to propose and justify a research question and design relevant to your professional practice. If you choose, you can then conduct this research as part of the level 7 Postgraduate Research Project module.

As a central component of the Masters award, the major project provides you with the opportunity to address a suitable research problem or gap in your knowledge within your practice. Through synthesis of your learning from pervious modules, you’ll be able to plan a research project, including the selection of appropriate methods of data collection and analysis, execute the design, and communicate your findings in a suitable manner.

Your assessment will be constructively aligned with your teaching practice. You’ll be both formatively and summatively assessed in each module through; lesson plans, teaching observations, reflective essays and poster presentations, as well as, academic papers, oral presentations, blogs and vlogs.

About Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University began as the Cambridge School of Art founded by William Beaumont. It was then merged with the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education and was renamed Anglia Polytechnic. It was then given university status in 1992 and renamed Anglia Ruskin University in 2005. The university has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough, university centres in Kings Lynn and Peterborough and partnerships with universities from the around the world including Berlin, Budapest, Trinidad, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Entry Requirements​

  • Candidates will require a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or primary medical qualification. Students must be registered practitioners in the field of health or social care and will be engaged in facilitating teaching and learning as part of their professional role. Non graduates with extensive relevant practical and continuing professional development experience will be offered the opportunity to complete the Non-Graduate Entry Profile in accordance with the University regulations with guidance from the Pathway leader/Programme leader.

  • The Personal Statement will be assessed for academic writing skills, relevance to the role and commitment to study.

  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7 (Academic level – with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

MSc Medical and Healthcare Education

Combine your passions for health and education with our programme.

Delivered & Awarded by

Anglia Ruskin University 2019


24 months


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