Taught course

Healthcare Education

University of Suffolk · Health Studies

Entry requirements

An honours degree normally at 2:2 or above; A qualification in healthcare; Currently working in the field of health and social care for a minimum of one year; IELTS minimum band score 7; or A qualification in healthcare; Evidence of the student’s ability to work at level 7; Currently working in the field of health and social care for a minimum of one year; IELTS minimum band score 7.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Healthcare Education is a dynamic new programme developed in response to a growing need for practitioners to align with emerging policy agenda and develop knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching within a variety of settings.

It provides a platform from which students can develop a comprehensive range of skills, to direct their own learning and development and that of others, enabling students to widen their appreciation and application of learning, teaching and assessing approaches in the practice and academic settings.

The course seeks to develop the skills required to teach, supervise and assess students and other practitioners, be they pre or post-registration, undergraduate or postgraduate learners, in the higher education or clinical practice setting. It aims to develop the skills practitioners require to identify and promote initiatives which develop the culture for continuing professional development.

Throughout this course, students are encouraged to consider new and developing digital technologies used to support healthcare education.

The programme is NMC approved for Practice Teachers and Teachers; AHP Educator accreditation schemes and Higher Education Academy Fellowships.

This course is offered via either a blended programme incorporating classroom and virtual learning based activities, or an innovative distance learning pathway.

Blended Programme

The blended programme is aimed at healthcare educators, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and health visitors who wish to meet regulatory and professional standards for education within both practice and academic settings. This course will enable students to meet the NMC Stage 3 Practice teacher, NMC Stage 4 teacher, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Clinical Educator, Society of Radiographers Practice Educator and College of Occupational Therapists Practice Placement Educator Standards. Completion of the PGC element will entitle students to apply for a Higher Education Academy Fellowship a UK recognised teaching qualification within the Higher Education sector.

Distance Learning Pathway

The innovative distance learning pathway is aimed at UK and international health and social care professionals and healthcare educators who wish to explore the concepts and principles of healthcare education in relation to their own practice. The course team use a wide variety of teaching methods to engage, support and collaborate with students throughout the programme. Face to face attendance is not required.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months


part time
18 months


part time
18 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1473 338833