Health Studies (Health Professional Education: Teaching) MSc 2017-18
About the course
We are proud that our course:
• Has provided a high quality teaching qualification for healthcare practitioners for over 15 years.
• Is currently an approved course leading to a recordable teaching qualification on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register for UK Registrants.
• Currently offers graduates eligibility to apply for Fellowship status with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
• Provides the opportunity for healthcare professionals to enhance their practice in relation to contemporary issues and developments in health professional education.
• Is delivered and supported by experienced academic staff in the field.
• Provides you with opportunity to network with professionals from different disciplines and share best practice.
The course is designed for health professionals wishing to pursue a career in teaching within professional practice and/or education settings. This has an interdisciplinary context which provides the opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and abilities related to learning, teaching and assessment with a range of health professionals. There is also a focus on research and critical appraisal and opportunities for you to develop specialist clinical or educational skills.
18 / 09 / 2017
3 years part-time
Also available 1 year full-time
• Be a health or social care practitioner, registered with a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
• Have at least 3 years post-registration employment.
• Have an Honours degree or equivalent.
• If you wish to complete either Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
This module helps to prepare you to be an Independent and Supplementary Prescriber. You will explore the relevant law, ethics, policy, evidence-based and practice components of prescribing. You will be assessed through coursework, an examination in pharmacology and numeracy, in practice by your medical mentor, as well as complete an in-class test which will be assessed on a pass/refer/fail basis.
Conversion to Independent Prescribing for Physiotherapy/Podiatry Supplementary Prescribers
This module helps to prepare you to be an independent prescriber following your initial supplementary prescribing training. You will explore the relevant laws, ethics, policy, evidence based and practice components of independent prescribing. Assessment for the module will involve coursework. It will also include producing a personal formulary which will be assessed on a pass/refer/fail basis. Finally you will also be assessed in practice by your medical mentor which will be graded on a pass/refer/fail basis.
• Please note: NMC or HCPC registrants selecting the Supporting Learning in Practice module require access to a student from their profession in clinical practice and to meet the requirements of their professional body for recognition
• UK registered nurses and midwives must have access to placements that enable them to gain 60 days (360 hours) teaching practice experience. This will be facilitated through negotiation and under supervision of a registered teacher.
• Other UK registered healthcare and international professionals are required to complete 180 hours under supervision of a registered teacher.
• For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.
• You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.
Learning and Teaching: Theories Processes and Strategies in HPE
In this module you will study theories related to learning, teaching and assessment applicable to health professional educators and teachers. You will explore major learning theories such as behaviourism, cognitivism and humanism amongst others, and will have the opportunity to apply a variety of teaching approaches within a peer group setting. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework; firstly a written essay on learning theories and secondly a presentation on teaching strategies.
Assessment in Health Professional Education
This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge and understanding of current approaches to assessment. You will be supported to develop your role as a critical reflective practitioner and teacher in this area by undertaking and critically evaluating the purposes and methods of assessment. In addition, you will critically review and debate implications for education and training in relation to the developing academic, vocational and professional qualification structures. You will have the opportunity to identify and negotiate your chosen assessment method in line with your individual learning needs and the module outcomes.
Practice of Health Professional Education (Teaching Practice)
You will be provided with the opportunity to further develop your teaching skills in a variety of academic and practice settings. You will be required to complete and negotiate a teaching practice experience, providing the opportunity for you to explore the interface of theory and practice critically, thus enabling you to be involved in managing and critically evaluating teaching and learning approaches. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework, involving the collation of an e-portfolio which demonstrates evidence of your application and critical reflection of theoretical concepts within your teaching practice.
Critical Appraisal of Research Literature
In this module you will be encouraged to develop your understanding of methodological design. You will study the critical appraisal of a variety of aspects of published quantitative and qualitative research in practice settings, and will consider the utilisation of your knowledge and skills in future career developments, through pursuing autonomous practice and agenda setting in your profession. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.
Research Project Preparation
This module provides the opportunity for you to develop the knowledge and skills required to design ethical and feasible research projects relevant to your practice, role or academic studies. You will also explore the different aspects involved when designing a research proposal. Assessment will involve producing one piece of coursework, in the form of a research proposal which addresses a particular practice need within your clinical area.
Plus 30 credits optional modules, examples include:
Self Development 1
This module offers the opportunity for health or social care professionals to engage in self-development and gain skills in one or more areas of leadership, coaching, entrepreneurship and business. You will also examine topics such as SWOT analysis, motivation, typology and learning contract development. You will be assessed through the submission of a self-developmental coursework portfolio including a learning contract, which will provide 15 module credits.
Self Development 2
This module offers an alternative higher credit option to ‘Self Development l’. You will have the opportunity to engage in self-development through guided study, gaining skills in one or more areas of leadership, coaching, entrepreneurship and business. You will also examine topics such as SWOT analysis, motivation, typology and learning contract development. You will be assessed through the submission of a self-developmental coursework portfolio including a learning contract, which will provide 30 module credits.
Teaching and Learning Using Simulation
In this module you will focus on integrating simulation theory into practice, in order to develop knowledge and skills in the use of simulated learning as a teaching and learning strategy. You will have the opportunity to enhance and develop your facilitation and understanding of clinical decision making, critical appraisal, construction of clinical scenarios and debriefing. You will be assessed through coursework in the form of a presentation of a clinical scenario, supported by a written essay evidencing and exploring your choice of methods and strategies.
Utilising Problem Based Learning
In this module you will study the concept of problem based learning (PBL). You will explore the history, development and application of PBL, and will have the opportunity to practice the facilitation of PBL within your peer group setting. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework; firstly a written essay on the theory and development of PBL and secondly a reflective essay relating to your experiences of PBL facilitation.
Additional option modules maybe available from the University's Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) provision.
Project (Health Related)
This module provides the opportunity to develop a working project proposal facilitated with learning materials and procedural guidance made available electronically. In addition you will attend lectures and have access to supervision with a subject specialist or researcher in the field. You will be assessed through submission of coursework in the form of a project.
Supporting Learning in Practice
In this module you will gain a deeper understanding of the role of a mentor. You will develop knowledge of the ways in which learning takes place and study elements of supporting learning in practice, including the development of supporting and assessing students and accurate grading of practice. You will demonstrate/reflect on your skills in mentoring learners, using learning contracts and will be assessed through coursework, in the form of an E-portfolio.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
To meet the NMC standards, nurses and midwives will be required to gain 60 days (360 hours) teaching practice experience and non-nursing healthcare and international professionals are required to complete 180 hours. To achieve this you will be required to access teaching and learning opportunities in Practice and Higher Education. This will be facilitated through negotiation and under supervision of a registered teacher.
This course provides the opportunity to further develop your career and role in health professional education within healthcare practice, further or higher education. The course currently meets the requirements for employment in Higher Education Institutions who require a recorded teaching qualification.
Professional links and accreditations
Following the completion of the Postgraduate Certificate nurses and midwives are currently eligible for a recordable teaching qualification with the NMC. The course also currently offers graduates eligibility to apply for Fellowship status with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Teaching and assessment
The modules are delivered through a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, simulation, e-learning, case-based tutorials and problem based learning and teaching practice. Assessment involves a variety of methods including action plans, teaching practice/presentations, portfolios, reflections and written essays.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
How much will it cost me?
Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.
This course maybe eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber.
Interim awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take three calendar years part-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early. Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
Research degrees Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.
How to apply
We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.