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Online MSc in Health Professions Education

Bring fresh thinking into health professions education

Study online, on your terms

Delivering necessary training to support you on a journey of professional development in your educator role, the Online MSc in Health Professions Education from the University of Glasgow helps you achieve your goals as you help your learners achieve theirs.

Designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to more influential teaching, management or research-based roles, our online Health Professions Education postgraduate programme provides an excellent foundation to take the next step in your career. This online MSc equips you with a skillset that develops your confidence and competence in the health professions education field.

Run by the prestigious School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing, studying online here means you’re on the pulse of contemporary educational thinking. Join an institution where ambitious people are driven to succeed. Study our online MSc in Health Professions Education and start changing the world today.

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2.5 years – 6 years part-time

Start dates

January, April and September


Payable in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits, totalling £15,000*. Discounts may be applicable to NHS funded students.

Entry requirements

Possess a degree from a recognised institution, in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or from another appropriate health profession. Applications will also be considered from individuals with other relevant degree qualifications, who are, or aspire to be, employed in the education of health professionals. Applicants should ideally work in an environment related to a health profession.

International students

Applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Engage with the essentials of teaching and assessment

Our online Health Professions Education programme offers you the flexibility to take one of two research routes, tailored to your career goals. There’s a research-oriented option for those interested in learning about the design, conduct and governance of education research. For practitioners keen to apply educational theory and evidence to specific contexts, we offer an alternative route, with optional courses including curriculum management, design and evaluation.

Both variants provide plenty of opportunities to put theory into practice, alongside your peers and lecturers – a perfect solution for working professionals wishing to develop specialist skills.

Discover some of our courses that feature in our 100% online programme below.

In this course, students will identify various teaching methods; examine the evidence base for their effectiveness; and critique the appropriateness of these methods for facilitating the acquisition and application of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by health professionals. Students will design novel teaching activities to implement in their professional context and evaluate their own teaching practice, identifying areas for enhancement.

In this course, students will identify, critique and apply various approaches to, and models for, designing a health professions curriculum. Additionally, students will identify the various stakeholders in a health professions curriculum and critically evaluate their impact.

In this course, students will learn about the theory and practice of leadership in health professions education and will reflect on how this applies in their professional context. As they develop their knowledge and understanding of leadership in the context of health professions education, they will be able to analyse their personal approach to leadership and their effectiveness.

Interactive online learning

No matter where you are, you can experience relevant learning that applies to the real world as you build community with students from over 83 countries worldwide.**

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Career prospects

This programme is ideal if you’re an ambitious health professional seeking an influential role in the management and delivery of education. Through leading research, world-class faculty and practical, collaborative peer exercises, we will help you to develop the confidence and specialist skills you need to further your career in this field.

It will also provide an ideal grounding for those who decide to pursue doctoral research in health professions education.

Recent graduates have furthered their careers as:

  1. Doctors (mainly clinical)
  2. Dentists
  3. Pharmacists
  4. Occupational therapists
  1. Nurses
  2. Anaesthetists
  3. General practitioners (GPs)
  4. Family medicine practitioners

Programme outcomes

Over 500 years of groundbreaking research

The University of Glasgow has been changing the world since 1451. Let our history of excellence inspire the history you will make. Study online with us and start making your impact on the world today.

University ranked 51st in the world for Life Sciences & Medicine – QS World University Rankings by Subject 20221

Ranked 1st in the UK for for Nursing and 3rd for Medicine – Complete University Guide 20232

95% of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences research was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent – REF 20213

“The best part of the course so far is the learning through interaction with the many different professionals that come from different multidisciplinary backgrounds and cultures. As we engage and share our reflections/learnings through our weekly reflection point forums, I have gained so much insight and perspectives which shaped the way I practice and teach.”

– Tan Si Hui Evangeline, Online MSc in Health Professions Education student

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  1. “QS World University Rankings by subject 2022,” QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 17 May 2022, from www.topuniversities.com.
  2. “Subject League Table 2023,” Complete University Guide. Retrieved 27 July 2022, from www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk.
  3. “REF 2021” The Research Excellence Framework (REF). Retrieved 17 May 2022, from www.gla.ac.uk.

* Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only. NHS discount: Payable in instalments of £1,112 per 20 credits or £10,000 for the full MSc funded by the NHS.

** We have students in 83 countries around the world. Data accessed April 2022.

Early Bird T&Cs: Terms and Conditions

  1. Offer may be subject to change and only applicable to January 2023 intake.
  2. To be eligible for the offer you must hold and accept an unconditional offer for one of the programmes listed above before the end of November.
  3. 10% discount applies to the first course studied only.
  4. Applicants will be informed if they are (or are not) applicable for the offer.