• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    2.5 Years


Today's health professionals must keep up-to-date with technology, personalised care and ever-shifting policies and budgets. 

If you're keen to deliver ongoing training and development for your colleagues, this programme will open doors for your career.

100% Online
Our online MSc Health Professions Education programme is designed for professionals working in clinical roles who are looking for a teaching, management or research-based career in health education. 

The models of teaching and assessment on this programme are taught by our world-class faculty who follow standards set by the General Medical Council.

Learn from the experts
Run by the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing, one of the largest, most prestigious medical schools in Europe, you would be studying at the heart of a unique network for contemporary medical thinking. 

Academic research even informs the strategies of NHS Education Scotland and other regulatory bodies. 

This helps turn our discoveries into beneficial clinical practices for students to utilise.

Using practical, collaborative peer exercises, we will help you to develop the confidence and specialist skills you need.

Flexible Masters Routes
Our online Health Professions Education programme offers you the flexibility to take one of two research routes from the second year. 

Both channels provide plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice, alongside your peers and lecturers a perfect solution for working professionals wishing to develop specialist skills, without having to relocate to campus. 

It is this collaborative, practical approach that activates your learning and gives you the skills to propel your career.


On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Debate principles behind learning and teaching and the nature of knowledge and evidence
  • Evaluate and apply appropriate theories, practices, assessment strategies and curriculum models
  • Appraise the impact of technology-enhanced learning and teaching on education
  • Identify the drivers for particular curricula and evaluate their influence
  • Explore the impact of policy on health care education development
  • Critically assess governance mechanisms in health professions education
  • Engage in critical debate on the principles and philosophy of, and evidence base for, various approaches to learning and teaching
  • Apply core principles and current theories of learning and teaching to the design of a range of learning opportunities and teaching activities
  • Critically evaluate a range of assessment strategies, detailing purpose, advantages and disadvantages
  • Select appropriate assessment strategies and tools to assess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of health professionals
  • Evaluate approaches and models for developing a curriculum, including their relevance to a health professions context
  • Critically evaluate governance mechanisms in health professions education
  • Debate the nature of knowledge and evidence in the context of a social science such as health professions education


This programme is ideal if you're an ambitious health professional seeking an influential role in the management and delivery of education. 

It will also provide an ideal grounding for those who decide to pursue doctoral research in health professions education.

Recent graduates have furthered their careers as:

  • Doctors (mainly clinical)
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Nurses
  • Anaesthetists
  • General practitioners (GPs)
  • Family medicine practitioners


During the first year, there are three compulsory courses, worth 60 credits in total. Then, in the second year, students will choose two courses from each of the three blocks. These courses are 10 credits each, so overall worth 60 credits.

In the third year, students will undertake a dissertation, worth 60 credits. There are two different options for this:

- 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

If you opt for the Research dissertation, you need to choose the courses marked with an asterisk (*).

Throughout each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work. Details of these assignments are found in your induction.

The duration of this programme is 2.5 years - 6 years taken on a part-time basis. For details on full-time options request more information to speak to an admissions representative.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • MED5386Assessment in Health Professions20 Credits

    You will learn about various forms of assessment and will be able to select those most appropriate to measure acquisition or application of knowledge, skills and/or attitudes relevant to a health professions context. You will also learn about governance issues in relation to assessment, including standard-setting, grading and quality assurance measures.

  • MED5392Learning in Health Professions20 Credits

    You will identify and critique various theories of learning, and apply these theories to the design of learning in a health professions context. You’ll also identify and apply ways to enhance learning for yourself and for your students.

  • MED5397Teaching in Health Professions20 Credits

    Explore various teaching methods and examine the evidence base for their effectiveness. You will critique the appropriateness of these methods for facilitating the acquisition and application of knowledge, skills and attitudes required by health professionals. You’ll also design novel teaching activities to implement in your professional context, while evaluating your own teaching practice to identify areas for enhancement.

  • MED5387Curriculum Approaches and Design10 Credits

    Identify, critique and apply various approaches to, and models for, designing a health professions curriculum. Additionally, you will identify the various stakeholders in a health professions curriculum and critically evaluate their impact.

  • MED5388Designing Education Research*10 Credits

    Find out how to design an education research project. Focus on the research topic and questions, appropriate methodologies and methods to address them. Discover appropriate methods of data analysis.

  • MED5389Evaluation of Courses and Curricula10 Credits

    Explore the theory and practice of course and curriculum evaluation, and how this impacts on the design, delivery and governance of courses and curricula.

  • MED5390Evidence in Education Research*10 Credits

    You will learn about different perspectives on the nature of knowledge and evidence. Then you will apply your new understanding to critique the evidence base for approaches to, and activities for, learning, teaching and assessment.

  • MED5391Leadership in Health Professions Education10 Credits

    This course covers the theory and practice of leadership in health professions education, while reflecting on how this applies in your professional context.

  • MED5393Managing the Health Professions Curriculum10 Credits

    You will learn about key issues in the management of a health professions curriculum and how these are impacted by factors such as institutional policies. You will be encouraged to reflect on your personal and professional practice in relation to policy and governance.

  • MED5394PResearch Dissertation*60 Credits

    Identify a topic and (a) research question(s) in health professions education; and design and conduct empirical research to address those questions. Critically analyse, interpret and discuss your findings, presenting these in the form of a written dissertation.

  • MED5395Simulation in Health Professions10 Credits

    Learn to identify and critique ways in which simulation may be used in the delivery of health professions education, in contexts of high and low resource. This will include the use of simulation in formative and summative assessment of clinical and communication skills.

  • MED5396Teaching and Assessment of Clinical Skills10 Credits

    Explore in greater detail the teaching and assessment of clinical skills. You will also learn about relevant issues in, and mechanisms for, governance.

  • MED5398Governance and Ethics in Education Research*10 Credits

    Learn about the governance and ethical conduct of education research. In addition, you will find out about the process of applying for ethical approval of education research.

  • MED5399PDissertation60 Credits

    Identify an issue and (a) research question(s) in health professions education; and systematically review, synthesise and critique relevant literature. Develop your intellectual and transferable skills whilst producing a tangible outcome, such as a policy document or guidelines for practitioners in their professional context.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. A medical, dental, or nursing degree from an institution recognised by the University Court; or a recognised degree from another appropriate health profession; ideally be employed in a relevant professional context.
  2. 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.
  3. If your first language is not English, you must have a valid IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band or an equivalent English language qualification. For more information visit our FAQs page, or contact your recruitment coordinator to discuss your credentials and English language requirements.

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for this programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree.
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained.
  • Official or certified English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s).
  • One reference letter on headed paper.
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English).
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (if detailed above).
  • Up to date Curriculum Vitae and a supporting statement.

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
2 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Key Dates International

Application Deadline
Start Date
2 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £15,000*
  • International: £15,000*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does this programme cost?
Part-time fees 1,667 per 20 credits

Fees for NHS-funded students:

939 per 20 credits (Total: 8,451)

Can I get help to fund my studies?
You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

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