Taught course

Medical Education

University of Winchester · Department of Post Experience, Training and Professional Development

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or a professional qualification in a relevant subject and an ongoing role in medical education. For an application form, please contact: Judith Couper Judith.Couper@winchester.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0) 1962 827140 International students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK are NOT able to apply for this programme as it is only part-time.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Medical Education at Winchester aims to develop students as providers, planners or managers of medical/health-related education, and enables them to undertake educational research into their own practice.

The philosophy of the programme is grounded in a view of professionalism as a research-based activity. Practitioners are encouraged to construct their own practical theories of the situations they encounter in their daily lives, and to test and develop them in action. The overarching aim of the educational research undertaken during the programme is to provide practitioners with new possibilities for professional educational action. Students undertake two years of taught modules followed by a dissertation year.

The programme is suitable for doctors and others working in medical education including clinical tutors, educational supervisors, GP educators and specialist registrars. Applications from other healthcare professionals working in education are welcomed.


  • Professional Education and Development
  • Improving Practice (Assessment)
  • Improving Practice (Curriculum)
  • Practitioner Research

Students present their own work and experiences, and discuss texts with each other and the tutor. External speakers are invited to present work in progress, focusing on current developments in education and medical education.

The teaching and learning methods and styles adopted are founded on the principle that learning is an active, collaborative process involving both participant and tutor, and that the subject of that learning is the professional activity of the student.

Assessments for each module are the equivalent of 4,000 words per 20 credits. Most assignments are in the form of a research project within a medical educational field of the student's choice. It involves a large amount of independent study, with support from a supervisor. In the final year, dissertation supervision is provided individually, face-to-face, by phone or email.

Medical education is regarded as a sub-speciality in its own right; increasingly educators require additional professional qualifications. This programme develops and extends the educational practice of its students and can form the basis of a research degree or further training, including progress to EdD within the University.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent approved test. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Jonathan Lake
+44 (0) 1962 827140