*Subject to revalidation
The philosophy of the programme is grounded in a view of professional development through research-based activity. In each module, you are supported to engage with the theories which guide your educational practice in the situations you encounter in your role, and to test and develop these theories through research and refl ection. The teaching and learning approach of the course is founded on the principle that learning is an active, experiential and collaborative process.
The overarching aim of the educational research you will undertake is to provide you with insight into your educational practice, sustained by evidence. The outcome of this research can infl uence the quality of your practice as an educator for the benefi t of learners, other educators and the wider educational community. This approach to study provides a solid theoretical and practical foundation that can be applied to your own teaching context.
The programme is suitable for educators working across all areas of clinical and healthcare education including, for example, clinical tutors, educational supervisors, doctors, nurses, dentists, and those wishing to develop a special interest in education or who are managing education programmes.
When you complete the course, we hope you will not only see your educational practice in new ways, with greater insight, but also share your learning in your own educational contexts to inspire and lead.
Accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators
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.
*Subject to revalidation
This course is subject to revalidation. 'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.
Suitable for Applicants from:
UK, EU, World
Learning and Teaching
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.
Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester)
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.
Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study.
If English is not your first language:
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent
Course Enquiries and Applications:
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827140
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Applications need to be submitted before the 31 August 2018. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.
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Year 1 (Level 7)
Semester 1 Credits
|Professional Education and Development||20|
The module introduces course members to the notion of professional education development. It outlines the nature of professional practice and the forms of knowledge that underpin it, and discusses the ways in which professionals learn and develop their practice. Students prepare for taught sessions by reading and undertaking practical activities. Taught sessions are interactive with small group discussion and debate. Central to the discussion is the place of judgement in professional practice, and of the part played in this by ‘practical wisdom’. The importance of researching teaching and learning is discussed, including the contribution of case study research, practitioner research and the evaluation of educational programmes.
Semester 2 Credits
|Improving Practice: Assessment||40|
This module enables practitioners to carry out a substantial, in-depth, small scale, professional enquiry in the context of their professional educational practice, focused on assessment. Professional issues, questions, problems and concerned will be raised both with respect to assessment and the context of their practice. These will be used as a focus for their intended research. In group tutorials, practitioners will further refine the focus of their research, identifying its aims, principles, rationale and research methodology. Tutorial support will be given to individuals to facilitate the analysis, evaluation and structuring of research outcomes.
Students will critique current assessment practices through the presentation of cases and exploration of policy documents and current research papers.
Year 2 (Level 7)
Semester 1 Credits
|Improving Practice: Curriculum||40|
This module enables practitioners to carry out a substantial, in-depth, small scale, professional enquiry in the context of their professional educational practice, focused on curriculum. Professional issues, questions, problems and concerned will be raised both with respect to curriculum and the context of their practice. These will be used as a focus for their intended research. In group tutorials, practitioners will further refine the focus of their research, identifying its aims, principles, rationale and research methodology. Tutorial support will be given to individuals to facilitate the analysis, evaluation and structuring of research outcomes.
Students will critique current practice in relation to curriculum through the presentation of cases and exploration of policy documents and current research papers.
Semester 2 Credits
This module will enable educators to consolidate their understanding of the nature of professional research, including ontology and epistemology; methodology and ethics. It will develop and extend students' awareness of and capability in a range of qualitative research methods and ethical issues associated with them. The focus will be on the educators' own professional practice, and will provide them with a review of relevant literature to facilitate their understanding and their capacity to conduct enquiries into their practice. A major focus will be on the understanding of data. Taught sessions are preceded by reading and practical tasks, for example undertaking a short interview or observation. Teaching is interactive and based around small group discussion.
Year 3 (Level 7)
The dissertation is the culmination of a student's studies on the programme. Through individual work, supported by supervision, it allows an aspect of professional practice to be examined in significant depth, and the findings to be communicated effectively in writing.
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Course Tuition Fees
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
Part-time entry | £2,300 p/a
Total Cost | £6,900
Part-time entry | £4,316 p/a
Total Cost | £12,950
As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.
There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:
Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due popularity of some books, there will not be enough availability for every student. It is advised that students look into purchasing second-hand copies. Cost up to £100.
Printing: Students will pay for two copies of their dissertation to be printed and soft bound. Cost approximately £20 - £40.
Terms and Conditions
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Key course details
- Part-time only: 3 years
- Typical offer
- Normally a first or second-class Honours degree
- King Alfred Campus or at West Downs Winchester