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
Together, these online distance learning programmes offer maximum flexibility to busy health professionals who want to learn about theoretical and practical aspects of learning, teaching and assessment, and apply them in the context of their professional practice. The programmes share a common first year curriculum, with 1 x 20-credit course per semester. Thereafter, students may focus to a greater or lesser extent on various topics in health professions education, selecting from a menu of optional 10-credit courses. The MSc HPE programme is designed for those who primarily identify themselves as practitioners and who want to apply educational theory and an evidence base to their specific health professions education context. The MSc HPE (with Research) programme is appropriate for those with a particular interest in learning about the design, conduct and governance of education research.
- The programme is delivered primarily by staff in the School of Medicine at the University of Glasgow, including staff with key roles in the undergraduate Medical School, the Dental School and the School of Nursing & Healthcare.
- We are well-placed to offer the benefit of our collective experience in undergraduate health professions education.
- Our close links with the National Health Service (NHS) Education Scotland, the postgraduate deanery, the Royal Colleges, and our respective regulatory bodies, make us well-placed to help you learn about education in the postgraduate environment.
Available as a part-time, online distance learning (ODL) programme. Media may include Moodle, Big-Blue-Button, Google Hangouts, and Articulate Storyline
For the MSc HPE and the MSc HPE (with Research), each 180-credit programme is delivered over 3 years:
3 x compulsory, 20-credit courses; 1 per semester
6 x 10-credit courses, 2 per semester
- Choose from a menu of options; the table below gives indicative content;
- Note that some courses are compulsory for students following the programme 'with Research'.
1 x 60-credit project-based course assessed by a dissertation of 10,000 words, excluding appendices.
The project work and write-up are spread across 3 semesters.
On the MSc HPE programme, the dissertation will require a systematic review, synthesis and critique of the literature, to produce a policy document, a set of practitioner guidelines, or a new theoretical model.
On the MSc HPE (with Research), the dissertation will be a standard report of empirical research, incorporating a critical literature review, methodology, analysis and interpretation of findings, and conclusions drawn.
- Applicants will not need to commit to a specific programme until the beginning of Year 2. Indeed, all applicants will initially be registered on the MSc HPE programme, with the option to switch to the ‘with Research’ variant.
- Summative assessment varies amongst courses, but includes coursework; quality contributions to online activities; a blog; online presentations; and the dissertation.
- We will additionally offer an optional, non-assessed residential activity, which current or prospective students may attend. This will help establish a cohort identity and will provide a showcase for masters’ students to present their work.
- Selected 10- or 20- credit courses are available as stand-alone, credit bearing options.
The PGCert in Health Professions Education will appeal to practising health professions educators who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in learning, teaching and assessment; and to individuals who aspire to be health professions educators.
The PGDiploma and the parallel MSc programmes are appropriate for healthcare professionals who are ambitious for an influential role in the management and delivery of education in either undergraduate or postgraduate phases.
The MSc HPE programme is particularly relevant for individuals who primarily identify themselves as practitioners and wish to apply their learning in their professional context; whereas the MSc HPE (with Research) will be of interest to those who want to pursue education research.
The stand-alone 10- or 20-credit courses will give experienced practitioners the opportunity to refresh and update their knowledge in certain aspects of health professions education; and will allow individuals to try our postgraduate provision before committing to a certificate, diploma or masters.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Dr Susan Jamieson