Taught course

Health Professions Education

University of Glasgow · School of Medicine

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally possess a medical, dental, or nursing degree from an institution recognised by the University Court; or a recognised degree from another appropriate health profession. Applications will also be considered from individuals with other relevant degree qualifications (such as a BSc in a biomedical science), who are, or aspire to be, employed in the education of health professionals. Applicants should ideally work in a health professions environment, and for applicants to the MSc HPE (with Research), they must have access to a health professions environment where, subject to ethical approval, they may conduct empirical research.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

To keep pace with technology, personalised care and ever-shifting policies and budgets, today’s health professionals are on a journey of lifelong learning. Our course is run by one of the largest, most prestigious medical schools in Europe - the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing, ranked 1st by the Complete University Guide 2021. Studying here will mean that you’re on the pulse of contemporary medical thinking and high-quality research.

Bring fresh thinking to health education

Designed for those who identify themselves as practitioners and would like to apply educational theory and an evidence base to their specific health professions. You will be directly involved in shaping medical perspectives and driving the health industry forwards. Our research currently informs the strategies of NHS Education Scotland and other regulatory bodies and helps us to turn discoveries into beneficial clinical practices. You will be taught with a focus on practical, active learning and the University of Glasgow will help you develop the flexibility needed to lead key health professions.

Choose your own path

Our online Health Professions Education programme offers you the flexibility to take one of two research routes in the second year, tailored to your career goals (including a non-research option). The research programme is appropriate for those who are interested in learning about the design, conduct and governance of education research. Both channels provide plenty of opportunities to put theory into practice, alongside your peers and lecturers. We also offer an optional, non-assessed, residential activity for students who would like some real-world practise. It’s this collaborative, practical approach that enhances your learning and allows you to excel in the industry going forwards.

100% online, interactive learning

Studying online means you don’t have to sacrifice your current career in order to pursue a new one. You would be able to access our interactive resources from anywhere and at any time; this includes video, audio, live seminars and discussions – whatever helps you to learn and achieve your career goals.

What’s more, the programme can be tailored to meet your specific requirement; whether you want to study an MSc, a PgDip or a PgCert, or choose your duration of study between 1 and 6 years. A member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities, the University of Glasgow’s also offers two research routes in your second year. At the University of Glasgow you can further your ambitions without compromising your current commitments.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    30-72 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12-24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Online Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)141 278 7247