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Master of Science in Medical Education for Healthcare Professionals

Duration: 22 months, 12 months, 6 months

University of Warwick

Teaching in the clinical environment is a demanding, complex and often frustrating task, a task many clinicians adopt without adequate preparation or orientation. A formal qualification in medical education is deemed by many as essential for career promotion and international movement. Furthermore, it is the foundation for building a clinical mentor and educationalist reputation.

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Programme Details


As you become increasingly busier in your clinical practice, being an effective teacher becomes ever more challenging. This new online programme in Medical Education for Healthcare Professionals is compelling, content-rich and interactive.

International educators of the highest calibre lead the programme, enabling you to contribute tremendously to the practice and training of future clinicians whilst simultaneously building a global fraternity of likeminded medical educators.

Elevate your professional identity as a clinical educator by using groundbreaking online technology and unrivalled theoretical and practical content designed for real-life application.

This programme is provided by the University of Warwick, in direct partnership with iheed, a leading global medical education organisation.

About the University of Warwick

About the University of Warwick

Ranked 9th in the UK and 61st in the World, the University of Warwick is a world-leading Russell Group institution. It is an internationally-recognised centre of excellence delivering the highest standards of education, research, information and materials to improve the quality of healthcare globally.

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Why the University of Warwick?

  • Top 10 UK university
  • 7th within the Russell Group ranking
  • A global centre of academic excellence
Who have we tailored this programme for?

Who have we tailored this programme for?

This programme is for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and healthcare professionals holding a degree of relevance to the delivery of medical education granted by a recognised institution.

Graduates become recognised as effective clinical supervisors and motivators of student learning through the application of:

  • Adult learning theory and interaction.

  • Evidence-based curriculum, development and teaching ️assessment.

  • Design, delivery and application of learning in a healthcare setting.

How is this programme delivered?

How is this programme delivered?

This part-time programme is provided through an unparalleled online education environment, blending self-directed learning with tutor-led teambased learning. Throughout the course, students will interact and engage in:

  • Weekly synchronous online tutorials.

  • Highly interactive content and tutor-moderated discussion forums.

  • Reflective exercises to test your thinking and learning application.

You never feel isolated in your learning with small-group sizes, a programme management team and tutor support.

Outcomes of this programme

Outcomes of this programme

Graduates are recognised as exemplary teachers and leaders, applying evidence-based strategies to teach and assess in diverse settings. Graduates:

  • become highly regarded as skilled managers and mentors able to progress the capabilities of others.

  • Obtain a recognised postgraduate qualification from a distinguished Top 10 UK university.

  • Secure local CME accreditation.

Programme Overview

This programme blends self-directed learning and Tutor-led group learning. Throughout the programme, you'll engage in: online group tutorials, tutor-moderated discussion forums, interactive case studies, reflective exercises. The programme is broken down into the following modules:

Programme Modules:

  • Introduction to teaching and learning in a healthcare setting

  • Planning a teaching session

  • Teaching and learning in different group structures / formats

  • Professional development for teaching

  • Assignment guidance tutorials & self-directed learning

  • Examination and critique of published frameworks and models of ‘effective’ and ‘excellent’ teaching

  • Key concepts and processes in curriculum design

  • Models of inter-professional education and their evidence base

  • Generic capabilities relating to teaching expertise (professional identity formation, team working, communication)

  • Processes and methods of reflective practice

Current methods and directions in both formative and summative assessment of learning underpinning a programme of assessment will be explored, including:

  • Assessment tools

  • Blueprinting

  • Standard setting methods

  • Feedback

  • Assessment of professionalism

  • Needs analysis and selection of learning technology approaches/solutions

  • Creating content using learning technologies for medical education

  • Review of current issues surrounding the sharing of learning resources

  • Review of social networking and collaborative learning

  • Education delivery skills in a blended learning environment

  • An introduction to management, leadership and followership in multiprofessional teams

  • Leadership, management and followership within health service contexts

  • Change management

  • Team Dynamics

  • Design of suitable research question to inform selected topic

  • Methods for literature searching

  • Introduction to different types of research and how to apply them

  • Understand the role of ethical review and ethical principles in medical education research, including patient consent

  • The Master of Science covers: Literature searching, Formulating a research questions, Study design, Writing a research protocol, Presenting a research protocol, Preparing a poster presentation, Critical writing and Writing for publication

  • Your research based professional project will culminate in a ‘conference ready’ poster presentation and article ready for submission to peer reviewed journals

Your Dedicated Tutors

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Julia Blitz

Professor Julia Blitz

Richard Conn

Dr Richard Conn

Sean Tackett

Dr Sean Tackett

Shalote Chipamaunga

Dr Shalote Chipamuanga

Linda Regan

Dr Linda Regan

Nagwa Nashat Hegazy

Dr Nagwa Nashat Hegazy

Shara Steiner

Dr Shara D. Steiner

Terri McVeigh

Dr Terri McVeigh

Course Benefits

Active, not passive learning

Heavily focussed on 'Learning by doing' - an active learning experience. Challenging formative assessments and group work to forge exemplary clinical educators.

World-leading healthcare faculty

International educators of the highest calibre develop the programme; medical education thought leaders hand-selected by iheed from the world's leading medical schools.

Strengthen your CV and career prospects

A Masters in Medical Education is the foundation for building a solid reputation. Most international positions in medical education will not accept anything less than an M.Sc.

A Truly Global Programme

Developed by international Medical Education experts. Participants from across the globe (50+ nationalities) study together, learning from each other's experiences and forming a global network of like-minded medical education practitioners.

A world-class online learning experience

The programme is a truly transformative user experience. The content is rich, compelling, engaging and innovative. It includes interactive video, 2D & 3D animations, medical imagery and instructional competency-focused pedagogy.

Discounts and Flexible Payment Options available

We offer early registration discounts, bulk payment discounts and flexible payment plans to make this programme affordable and accessible to clinicians

The thoughtful curriculum design, the interactive learning platform and the stimulating discussions make this course an enriching and wholesome experience! I have just finished one module and have significantly benefitted as an HPE. I can't wait to finish the remaining modules!

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Nameera SaleemClinical Pathologist, Saudi Arabia

The programme was a great experience with a highly knowledgeable and approachable faculty. Well structured content and a diverse approach to develop and facilitate educators. Along with a very competent iheed support team to ensure a seamless and smooth process towards achieving my goal of completing this master's course.

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Roshanee SethHigher Specialty Trainee (ST4) in Emergency Medicine, UK

I found this programme enjoyable, engaging and stimulating. The learning theory and its practical applications proved to be effective illustrations of how, why and when to use different approaches to medical education.

I thoroughly enjoyed learning with my peers, and I look forward to learning more in the future.

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Hassan ImtiazClinical Fellow in Paediatrics, UK

As a passionate educator who teaches at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this program has strongly impacted my perspective on and approach to education. The instructors' dedication to teaching and their love of the field are obvious to their students. They collaborated with us and assisted in whatever way possible to ensure that we would be successful. Moreover, the curriculum is flexible and dynamic, providing in-depth theory and real-world experiences. To further your career in education, if that is your passion, the Master of Medical Education is where you want to be.

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Jamal OmerPhysician/associate program director for the Pediatric Residency Training program, Saudi Arabia

This programme has been an exciting opportunity, it has been an introduction to a new way of learning.

The facilitators are Vastly experienced, the curriculum and Reading materials in each module are well planned.

This programme has allowed me to form a community with like minded professionals with common goals.

It’s a great programme that I would recommend for any health care professional interested in education and scholarship.

Abdullahi Mohammed LawalPhysician, Nigeria

To further advance my career in academics and teaching, I was looking for a course in medical education that could fit in with my daily work schedule. This Master’s course by iheed, which is accredited by University of Warwick is just right for me. This takes place virtually, which is easily manageable with my work and personal life commitments. My course started with a whole month of induction, which included a detailed overview of the curriculum along with continuous support. I would say since I have started this journey, it has enlightened me with new methods and strategies of teaching, which I have started to incorporate already.

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Warda ShafiqHospital Doctor, UK

Your Questions Answered

Ready to find out more?

iheed are an Online Programme Manager (OPM) that specialise specifically in the delivery of online medical education. iheed partner with world-leading medical schools to deliver market-leading postgraduate education programmes. iheed also work closely with health ministries and health regulators across the globe to develop CPD programmes for national healthcare workforces in key regions, particularly in the Middle East and Asia.

This programme is taken by healthcare professionals involved in regular teaching in a clinical or academic capacity – this can include teaching medical students, interns, junior colleagues, bedside teaching etc. With the professionalisation of education, a formal postgraduate qualification in medical or clinical education is seen as increasingly essential if seeking senior positions or positions where teaching forms a large part of the role.

This programme is a Master of Science in Medical Education for Healthcare Professionals. The course is 2 years in duration and made up of 180 CATS in the UK or 90 ECTS in Europe. The PGDip (12 months - 120 CTS/60 ECTS) and PGCert (6 months - 60 CATS/30 ECTS) are earlier exits from the Master’s.

Yes – if you exit with a PGCert or PGDip, you can re-join at a future intake to do the additional modules required to effectively upgrade your award to an MSC. However, there is a 5-year time limit within which you can complete the MSc – the clock starts from the moment you commence the programme until you complete your Master’s – this would allow for an accumulative 3 years (approx.) of time away from the programme.

This programme is not yet accredited by AoME but is undergoing the formal process for accreditation. However, you can still apply for membership to AoME regardless of accreditation. AoME’s accreditation of postgraduate medical education programmes is simply a process whereby the programme provider or institution has a course pre-recognised so that any graduates of that programme will automatically satisfy the academic requirements for membership without having to provide further evidence, only their certificate. However, AoME will also accept postgraduate programmes in Medical Education that are not accredited by them for membership applications but would assess these on a case-by-case basis – you would have to provide further evidence (curriculum and transcripts etc) all of which we can provide. Please see Membership of AoME Information and Guidance for Application for further information.

No, there are no exams as part of this programme. Assessment for the PGCert/PGDip will be on a continuous basis, comprising formative and summative assessments. The formative assessments will be practical and will require the student to plan and implement real teaching sessions based on concepts and principles of evidenced-based educational theory taught throughout the programme. Student’s will then reflect on their teaching session. Assessment for the 2nd year of the MSc will comprise of a professional project that will enable students to identify, understand, appraise, and plan research related to Medical Education. The outcome of the professional project will comprise a journal article and poster presentation.

The certificate is awarded by the University of Warwick; the award itself is no different from completing an on-campus programme at the University of Warwick and the certificate is the exact same as for an on-campus programme and does not say ‘online’. It will simply state the course title ‘Master of Science in Medical Education for Healthcare Professionals’.

To apply for your place on a programme, all you have to is to fill out the online application form, and when requested send in proof of eligibility (confirmation of your previous degree/other qualifications).

Please see the link to the Accreditation page.

Please see the link to the Funding pages here.

Please see the link to the Payment options pages here.

Please contact your Educational Advisor for more information on pricing and offer.

Yes, please see the link to the full programme curriculum here.