MSc Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals

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Awards available MSc , PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate), PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length Certificate/Diploma: One to three years each
MSc: A further one to two years
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
Open to international students Yes

A Tier 4 student visa cannot be issued for this programme. Our International Student Advice Team can provide information and guidance on whether you are required to obtain a visa to study with us.

Start date September 2017
January 2018
April 2018

Programme overview

This programme provides development in teaching skills for health professionals, with a modular unit structure that builds up to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or MSc. The programme emphasises the practical application of educational methods and theory and the development of reflective, evidence based-practice. There is a positive, student-centered approach to teaching and learning. Interactive, small-group teaching and the flexible, friendly support received by learners are among the many strengths of the programme, as well as the networking and contacts enjoyed by students in their future careers.

The certificate or diploma can be completed in one year, part-time or spread over three years. The Essentials route allows you to gain 30 Master's-level credits, from which point you can progress to the certificate if you wish. Teaching takes place in Bristol and at other convenient venues in the Severn Deanery area.

Fees for 2017/18

 Full-time fees

£1,090 per 20-credit unit; £3,270 for a 60-credit unit/dissertation; £3,270 for the PG Certificate; £6,540 for the PG Diploma; £9,810 for the MSc
£3,100 per 20-credit unit; £9,300 for a 60-credit unit/dissertation; £9,300 for the PG Certificate; £18,600 for the PG Diploma; £27,900 for the MSc

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Some funding may be available through NHS employers or the Clinical Academies linked with the University of Bristol Medical School.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessing in the Health Professions
  • Creating a Learning Environment to Support Learner Diversity
  • Further Assessment and Feedback
  • Further Planning and Teaching
  • Research Methods (Diploma/MSc)
  • Dissertation (MSc)

Optional units

  • Clinical and Work Based Teaching
  • Supporting Learners with Difficulties
  • Evidence-Based Teaching
  • Course Design
  • Supporting the Struggling Professional
  • Teaching and Learning with Simulators
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning
  • Teaching Ethics in the Health Professions
  • Effective Communication Skills Development
  • Coaching and Mentoring in Medical Education
  • Leading in Education and Training
  • Developing Professionalism


To qualify for the MSc, you will need to submit a 15,000-word dissertation/thesis.

Entry requirements

  • Relevant first degree (or international equivalent) from a recognised institution with good final grades; or a relevant professional qualification with at least three years' full-time (or equivalent part-time) professional experience.
  • Currently working in the health professions or a health service environment.
  • Currently undertaking some form of teaching and/or support of learning with the opportunity to be observed in a teaching role.
  • Basic computer literacy (broadly equivalent to the standard of the European/International Computer Driving Licence).

Accreditation of prior credits must be authorised within the University's policy.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile A
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


A qualification in medical education prepares the holder for roles educating the public in the UK or abroad, and supporting students in the health professions or those in training grades. Many educators in the health professions have had a clinical career or continue to balance a clinical and academic/teaching career as clinical academics. Others are practitioners who use their qualification to enhance their personal practice as educators, or to take leading roles in education and training in postgraduate and undergraduate settings.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Please check the programme website for specific deadlines.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


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Get in touch

Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 1883 Email:

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 3311676 Email:

TLHP Office, Medical Education
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Bristol
2nd Floor
39-41 St Michael's Hill


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