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MSc Medical Education

Key facts

Start date October 2019

Duration/mode 36 months distance learning

UK/EU fees £10,500 (total)

International fees £20,750 (total)

Additional cost information

Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a related subject + professional experience.

Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking


Medical Education MSc provides work-related and academically robust part-time training for all practitioners who engage with teaching, learning and assessment in clinical settings or higher education institutions. The course equips you to become an exceptional practitioners and future leader in medical education. It is suitable for all health related professionals who have an involvement in education or training.

We also offer flexible progression with the option to enrol for a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters.

Online distance learning is combined with study visits to the University of Leeds, UK, with teaching hosted at venues in the city.

The part-time online MSc in Medical Education offers a high quality, flexible and responsive educational course equipping you to become a leader for learning within your institution and clinical profession.

You have the option to enrol directly onto the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Master of Medical Education.

The Master of Medical Education consists of 180 credits studied over a three-year period. You complete 60 credits each year, comprising the following compulsory modules, which all students must complete in the specified order:

  • practical skills for medical educators (15 credits)
  • teaching, learning and assessment in medical education (45 credits)
  • managing and leading in medical education (30 credits)
  • researching medical education (30 credits)
  • research dissertation (60 credits)

Course duration is:

  • 12 months for PG Certificate
  • 24 months for PG Diploma
  • 36 months for MSc

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Course content

This course offers part-time, blended online distance learning designed to meet the needs of emergent leaders in medical and health professions.

Medical education offers a high level of support for academic and research skills development and provides you with valuable networking opportunities through our residential workshops in Leeds.

Specifically tailored to practice-based professional learners, this not only enables you to fulfil your potential, but also encourages progression to doctoral study and deepen professional collaboration and networking.

The course will help you to critically analyse your own practice as a clinical educator. You will evaluate a range of educational theories and strategies in relation to teaching, learning and assessment in the clinical context. You will be encouraged to apply these ideas to the development of your own teaching practice.

A distinct aspect of this course is our attention given to comparative studies of health systems and their models of leadership and medical education. As you move through the course, the emphasis shifts from your individual practice as a medical educator to concerns with the broader context in the field. You’ll also look at your wider role as a change agent, leader and advocate for learning and teaching.

While studying, you’ll also:

  • engage in critical evidence-based teaching and learning
  • develop your academic leadership skills
  • learn how to effectively critique policy and research within the field
  • design and conduct small-scale empirical research on issues and topics relevant to your medical education workplace.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Medical Education MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

In Year 1 you will complete two Masters Level modules, comprising a blended module during the four day residential workshop in Leeds (15 credits) and an online distance learning module (45 credits).

In Year 2 you will complete a further two Masters Level online distance learning modules (30 credits each) and attend a four day residential workshop in Leeds.

In Year 3 you will complete one 60 credit Masters Level module. During which time scheduled contact is with the research supervisor using Skype, File Exchange and email, as you complete your dissertation. There will be the opportunity for all students to attend two synchronous webinars at which you can report progress and discuss any issues arising as you carry out and complete your research.

The course is designed around an Interactive Workbook for each module, which will be available via Minerva, the university’s virtual learning environment. The Workbook will be divided into sections, and these sections will be released sequentially.

All modules are compulsory and you will take the modules sequentially. You are required to complete each module and associated coursework successfully before proceeding to the next module. Your results in all modules count towards the final qualification.

The course is designed for professional learners who will be studying part-time and therefore adopts a three-year structure to accommodate the demands this will make upon them.

Dates for Taught Units 2019/20 Academic Year

Module 1 – MEDS5111M: Practical Skills for Medical Educators

  • October 2019 TBC.
  • Face-to-face teaching in Leeds, UK.

Module 2 – MEDS512M: Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Medical Education

  • November 2019 TBC.
  • Online module.

Module 3 – MEDS5113M: Managing and Leading in Clinical Education

  • October 2020 TBC.
  • Online module.

Module 4 – MEDS5114: Researching Medical Education

  • June/July 2021 TBC.
  • Face-to-face teaching in Leeds, UK.

Module 5 – MEDS5115: Research Dissertation

  • October 2021 TBC.
  • Online module.

Please contact us if you have any issues regarding attendance before applying.

Successful completion of all modules on time will result in graduation in December 2022.


Achievement for the Masters in Medical Education will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the course. Candidates are required to submit for assessment:

Year 1

  • 1 x 3,000 word teaching case study
  • successfully carry out a formatively assessed peer and tutor observed microteaching
  • complete a structured portfolio – reviewed by tutors at intervals
  • 2 x 2,500 word essays
  • 1 x 2,000 word comparative critique of two methods of assessment
  • 1 x 2,000 word reflective narrative (based on the structured portfolio)

Year 2

  • 1 x 1,000 word action plan based on the curriculum design group task
  • 1 x 2,000 word project report on leadership scenarios
  • 1 x 3,000 word essay
  • 1 x 6,000 word research protocol, to include a literature search and review and, as an appendix, a draft application for ethical approval

Year 3

  • 1 x research dissertation (of approximately 12,000 words)

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

  • A bachelor (Hons) degree in a health-related subject.
  • A minimum of three years’ full time experience (or part-time equivalent) in practice and in teaching, as a professional working in health care, such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing and midwifery, and the full range of allied health professions.
  • Involved in education and training in current role.
  • Entry on the appropriate national professional register, e.g. member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, member of the UK Health Professions Council, Dental Council of India, Malaysian Medical Council, entry on the appropriate parts of the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council register, member of the UK General Medical Council, etc.
  • Basic skills in using information and communication technology (to be able to use email, web cams, word processors and the internet and social media) and to be able to use computers routinely in their academic work for the course.

Candidates whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language is sufficient to meet the specific demands of their study. The acceptable minimum qualifications required for this course are one of the following:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 92 with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing
  • Pearson (Academic) of 64 overall with no less than 60 in any component
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) of 176 overall with no less than 169 in any component
  • Trinity College Integrated Skills in English of a Pass in ISE II or above (if taken in the UK).

Non-standard entry application routes are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the entry requirements or if you will be a non-standard entry applicant.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For all enquiries please email the Clinical Education Team..

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


How to apply

International Students

Application deadline: 26 April 2019.

Home/EU Students

Application deadline: 27 July 2019.

Please contact us if you want to apply after this date.

For all enquiries please email the Clinical Education Team.


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you must include as part of your application:

  • Two referee details – please ensure the details are correct and that we have permission to contact them for a reference.
  • Personal statement (minimum one paragraph) – outlining your reasons for wishing to undertake the course, details of relevant experience and how you will be able to satisfy the teaching requirements for the assessment. You should demonstrate through the supporting statement how the course will be of direct benefit to your personal and professional development.
  • Letter of support from your manager, confirming that you are and will be engaged in teaching in your work place as part of your role and that you will be given sufficient teaching time to meet the assessment requirements for the course. (This can be counted as one of your two references.)
  • Copy of your degree certificate, or equivalent.
  • Professional body documentation or number (GMC, NMC, etc.).
  • Sponsorship/funding confirmation letter, where applicable. Find more information about sponsorship here.
  • Copy of your IELTS results, where applicable.

Please ensure you include the above documentation where possible. Not doing so will delay your application and jeopardise your place on the programme.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: £10,500 (total)
International fees: £20,750 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

The taught sessions are located off campus and you will be required to travel independently to the venue; details will be sent out after registration.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

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Career opportunities

Graduates of similar courses have gone on to gain promotion within the area of education and training in their professional fields.

Others have progressed to Clinical Education doctoral study.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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