Medical Education MSc

Team: Medical Education Team
In partnership with: University of South Wales

The MSc in Medical Education course offers progression from the Postgraduate Diploma for individuals who are interested in developing a critical knowledge and understanding and application of medical education. The MSc in Medical Education is a distance learning course, ideal for doctors, GPs, nurses, pharmacists and others in a busy healthcare profession. Course Code: QMSP057

Next Intake: 2019 Sept

Course Information

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Medical Education Postgraduate Diploma.

Entry to the one year MSc in Medical Education will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

The MSc Medical Education course is the only one of its title that is accessible online, and is not offered by any other institution.


Course Structure

Aim of the module:
  • To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to medical education research
Synopsis of module content:
  • Terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat
  • Statistical tests and their applications including t-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Square
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice and its application into the clinical setting
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease specific registers
  • Research into educational principles for both health care practitioner and patient. Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Interpret research in medical education for healthcare decision making
  2. Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development
Professional Project
Aims of the module:
  • To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
  • To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
  • To develop skills in independent research and study.
  • To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
Synopsis of module content:

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice. This project may comprise:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
  • Quality of service review with critical appraisal.
On completion of this module the student should have:
  1. Produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  2. Critically evaluate educational practice and suggest improvements or change.

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the Postgraduate Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1,200 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year MSc Medical Education programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Students may apply for the Master's in Medical Education as a two-year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK/EU & International Students for September 2019: £3900

Please Note: These are the fees for a single year.

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Option A Option B
Deposit payable on acceptance £650 £650
1st November 2019 £3,250 £650
1st January 2020 £650
1st March 2020 £650
1st May 2020 £650
1st June 2020 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


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