MSc Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals

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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available MSc , PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate), PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length Certificate: 1-2 years part-time;
Diploma: 1-2 years part-time;
MSc: one year full-time, two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date Certificate: March 2020 (19/20 fees apply); September 2020 (20/21 fees apply); March 2021 (20/21 fees apply).
Diploma and modular MSc: Applications are considered throughout the year
Full-time MSc: September 2020

Programme overview

This programme will help health professionals develop their teaching skills, with a modular unit structure that works towards a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or MSc. The programme emphasises practical application of educational methods and theory, along with the development of reflective, evidence-based practice.

There is a positive, student-centred 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 60-credit certificate can be completed in one or two years part-time. Following completion of the certificate, the 60-credit diploma can be achieved over one or two years part-time. On completion of 120 credits, progression to the 60-credit MSc dissertation is allowed. Alternatively, all 180 credits can be attained through studying full-time for one year.

The Essentials route allows you to gain 30 master’s-level credits, from which point you can progress to the certificate if you wish.

Fees for 2020/21

We charge an annual tuition fee for the full-time MSc. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
Overseas: full-time

Fees are set on a per-unit basis for the part-time modular programme. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

£1,220 per 20-credit unit
£3,660 60-credit dissertation fee
£3,370 per 20-credit unit
£10,110 60-credit dissertation fee

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2020/21

Some funding may also 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

There are three mandatory 20-credit units for the postgraduate certificate plus three 20-credit units for the diploma. To achieve the MSc, you will need to submit a 15,000-word dissertation/thesis.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our:

Entry requirements

Relevant first degree (or international equivalent) from a recognised institution (usually equivalent to an upper second-class degree) or a relevant professional qualification with at least two years' full-time (or equivalent part-time) professional experience. Applicants should be able to access teaching opportunities within their current job.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


A qualification in medical education will prepare you for roles 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.

Open days and visits

Find out how to attend one of our upcoming online events.

Coronavirus update

The latest advice on term start dates and teaching can be found on our prospective students information pages.

Request more information

Find out more about studying with us or request a prospectus.

Get in touch

Phone: +44 (0) 117 428 2752 Email:

TLHP Office
Faculty of Health Sciences
2nd Floor
39-41 St Michael's Hill
School website: Centre for Health Sciences Education

International students

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

REF 2014 results

  • Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy:
  • 43% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 37% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 18% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.


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