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Medical and Clinical Education

Course overview

(MSc) Master of Science
Medical and Clinical Education
University of Essex
University of Essex
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
By credit accumulation
  • Current registration with a relevant professional regulatory body.
  • A relevant first degree, or equivalent e.g. professional experience and responsibility.
  • Current involvement in teaching and assessing in practice, plus 3 years healthcare experience.
  • Applicants wishing to achieve NMC Practice Teacher or Teacher qualifications must supply on application:
    • a statement of support from their service manager;
    • the name of the practice teacher or teacher that will be supporting their practice learning; and
    • evidence of successful completion of a mentor preparation programme or equivalent.

For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 580/240.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

External Examiners

Ms Dawn Angela Morley
The University of Surrey

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 HS950-7-AU Learning, Teaching and Assessment Core 30 Core Core
02 HS951-7-SP Learning Organisations and Quality Enhancement Core 30 Core Core
03 HS952-7-SU Course Design and Development Core 15 Core
04 Option(s) from list Core with Options 30 Core with Options
05 HS954-7-SU or HS957-7-SU Core with Options 15 Core with Options
06 HS982-7-FY or HS982-7-SP Core with Options 60

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Advanced systematic understanding of key concepts related to learning, teaching and assessing in practice context
A2 Critical understanding concepts and theories of educational and assessment of learning in practice context
A3 Critical understanding of key concepts relating to learning organisations and their enhancement
A4 Advanced understanding of formal quality assurance procedures
A5 Critical understanding of curriculum theories, design and development.
A6 Advanced understanding of critical appraisal skills
A7 Critical understanding of the qualitative and quantitative research methods
A8 Advanced understanding of the research process, including relevant ethical and legal issues.
A9 Critical understanding of reflective learning models.
Learning Methods: A1-A8 are taught using interactive lectures; group work; tutorials; and through Moodle, namely online tutorials; student homepage; online discussions; online articles.

A2 is supported by practical experience, working with experienced educators
Assessment Methods: A1-A5 & A8 are assessed through practice assessments, reflective accounts, essays and a reflective log

A6&A7 are assessed through practical exercises

A9 completion of a dissertation

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Systematically translate research evidence to support learning, teaching and assessing in practice.
B2 Synthesise research to evaluate critically learning organisations and indentify opportunities for enhancemen
B3 Synthesise research evidence evaluate critically learning organisations and identify opportunities for enhancement
B4 Synthesise research evidence to support the development and design of curricula
B5 Write well structured, critically analytical reflective accounts.
B6 Write well structured, critically analytical reflective accounts.
Learning Methods: B1-B4 taught using interactive lectures; group work; tutorials; and through Moodle, namely online tutorials; online discussions; online articles.

B2-B3 Supported by practical experience B5 Ongoing throughout programme, beginning with on-line study skills self assessment exercise and enhanced through formative assessment of coursework
Assessment Methods: B1- B5 assessed through coursework portfolio
B3 assessed in practice through the portfolio

B6 assessed through research dissertation

C: Practical skills

C1 Perform advanced and systematic search for information relevant to specific topics
C2 Critically apply educational theories to the management of learning, teaching and assessing in practice context, demonstrating originality in the application of knowledge
C3 Lead and develop new educational initiatives and roles in practice context.
C4 Critically apply reflective frameworks to learning, teaching and assessing in practice context
C5 Advanced understanding of data collection and analysis
C6 Produce a research proposal to a professional standard.
Learning Methods: C1-C4 are taught using interactive lectures; group work; tutorials; and through Moodle, namely online tutorials; online discussions; online articles.

C5 supported by structured IT laboratory work
C3 supported by practical experience

C6 dissertation
Assessment Methods: C1-C5 are assessed through coursework portfolio

C5 formatively assessed through online exercises

C3 assessed in practice through the portfolio

C6 assessed through research dissertation

D: Key skills

D1 Write clearly, analytically and effectively Communicates effectively in a group, both face to face and online to specialist audiences Summarise and communicate complex findings to other
D2 Apply advanced skills using the internet and Moodle Employ advanced skills using data analysis software
D3 Read and critically analyse tables of data and statistics Demonstrate advanced skils in handling packages for analysing dat
D4 Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems. Demonstrate decision making in complex and unpredictable situation
D5 Work in a team with others to agree and work towards common goals Work successfully with other disciplines / professions and facilitate this in others Practice reflectively and facilitate this in others
D6 Learn from feedback and respond appropriately and effectively to supervision and guidance Work pragmatically to meet deadlines Continue to advance knowledge and understanding to develop new skills to a high level
Learning Methods: D1 supported in small group class discussions and in online discussions and via online self assessment exercises

D2 introduced in briefing day and is covered in online teaching demonstrations and supported IT laboratory work

D3 supported in lectures, online through quizzes, and laboratory work

D4 promoted through online discussion

D5 supported by small group work, online discussions and practical experience

D6 supported by structured feedback; enforcement of deadlines; practical experience; and encouragement of reflection in coursework
Assessment Methods: D1 assessed through coursework portfolio

D2 assessed through requirements to word process coursework and to cite references from internet sources.

There are also a range on online formative activities.

Participation in Moodle based activites D3 assessed through coursework and formative online assignments

D4 assessed through coursework portfolio and practice assessments.

In addition, the dissertation includes assessment of formulation, planning and problem solving

D5 and D6 are assessed through the portfolio, practice assessments, both of which encourage reflective practice and experiential learning


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