1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 2Yr PT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
    PGCert 1Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:2

Course Overview


This multidisciplinary program is aimed at those involved or interested in medical or healthcare education and who are passionate about their subject and the learning of healthcare professionals.

The course offers a flexible blended learning approach of distance learning with residential elements. You will study the science of learning and the evidence base for educational practice; it links educational theory and evidence to the practice of education in healthcare in a variety of settings and roles.

The course explores the key challenges, contemporary issues and the latest research in medical and health professions education, and develops knowledge and skills in curriculum development, teaching, learning, assessment, and conducting educational research into yours and others educational practice.

Key Features

Four strands will run across all modules:

• Evidence
• Theory
• Practice
• Innovations and Technology

We focus on the teacher, the learner and the different environments where healthcare education takes place: classroom, clinical and community.

As a blended learning program this flexible course is designed to fit the busy lives of healthcare professionals and academics. It combines the distance learning with practical skills workshops (3 days per year - residential) and is offered as either part-time or full time options.

Learners will undertake two research projects rather in place of a dissertation. Giving students the opportunity to either do a project in two parts or do two smaller projects in different areas of interest.

You will have the option to choose two optional modules according to your interests and expertise from a range of different areas (e.g leadership, research methods, digital education, and mentoring).

The programme is professionally focused for those currently working, or working toward a role, in medical education.

The programme is aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (2011) for Higher Education and the Academy of Medical Educators Standards, both recognised frameworks for excellent Teaching and Learning in the field and the GMC recognition of trainers framework.


The majority of the programme will be delivered via distance learning, including online activities, lectures, group discussions and assigned tutor meetings (group and one-to-one).

The on-campus "residential" sessions will take place during the first modules of each year typically in October. The learners will undertake a series of workshops, practical sessions and one-to-one tutorials. These contact sessions will allow learners to get to know each other, develop peer-support networks, and get to know faculty.

Each qualification hase been been carefully selected to address different incremental competencies that may attract diverse audiences or learners at various stages of their careers, who aim to be:

‘The Expert Teacher’ Postgraduate Certificate (2 core modules, 1 optional = 1 year Part Time). Focused on enhancing your skills to become an expert teacher, informed by a critical appraisal of the underlying evidence. Includes planning, delivering and evaluating learning activities.

‘The Educational Leader’ Postgraduate Diploma (4 core modules, 2 optional module = 2 years Part time). After completing the Postgraduate certificate, you can move on to a diploma enabling you to become an educational leader; designing and managing change at an organisational level. Includes options such as curriculum design, mentoring and supervision; Programme evaluation and change.

‘The Scholar’- MSc (2 years Part time ). This option will go beyond effective use and critique of educational research into actively producing and publishing scholarly materials, with a focus on undertaking research that can improve learning in your place of practise.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold at least a 2.2 honours in a degree awarded in the UK or recognised degree as equivalent to awards in the UK system.

The programme is professionally focussed but candidates are not required to be in a teaching post. This programme is intended for current or future teachers, trainers, academics, managers and leaders in medicine and health professions education, therefore candidates must demonstrate how they fit within this group in their CV and personal statement.

Applications will be considered for applicants with considerable experience in a relevant discipline, for further information please contact: a.l.sergiodasilva@swansea.ac.uk

How To Apply

We are now accepting applications for 2019

1. Online application

Please read our Guidance Notes before applying online. Online application is the quickest way to apply and receive a decision on your application.

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2. Apply by Post or Email

Please download our Application Pack [PDF] and send the completed form by post or email to :

Postgraduate Admissions Office 
Swansea University 
Singleton Park 
SA2 8PP 
United Kingdom

Email: postgraduate.admissions@swansea.ac.uk Tel: +44(0)1792 295358

Reference form

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Admissions Policy

For more information, please download our Admissions Policy [PDF]

Tuition Fees

P/R Part Time fees £4050 per annum

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Part-time Blended Learning £8,500 £15,750
PGDip Part-time Blended Learning £5,650 £10,500
PGCert Part-time Blended Learning £2,850 £5,250

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Residential 3 day workshops in year 1 and in year 2

The costs of traveling to and from Swansea, subsistence and accommodation in Swansea during the residential workshops (3 days per year) are not included in the fees. These will be in addition to the fees.

Food will be provided at lunch times during the workshops and evening meals during the symposiums all other subsistence must be covered by the students.

Funding opportunities

PG loans available. Find out what funding is available here