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MSc in Health Professions Education (Primary Care)

This route had been designed specifically for clinicians working in primary care. The postgraduate certificate has been mapped to the GMC standards for trainers, and there is the option of continuing to study for a postgraduate diploma or MSc in HPE (Primary Care). 

Please note, if you wish to study the PG Cert or PG Dip, you must select the flexible modular option on your application.

PG Cert in Health Professions Education (Primary Care)

  • If you wish to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Professions Education, you must complete 60 credits of core modules from the list below.

Primary Care Modules

Teaching and Learning in Medical Education (15 credits)

Introduction to assessment (15 credits)

Clinical and Educational Supervision (30 credits)

  • As the PG Cert (Primary Care) curriculum has been mapped to the GMC Standards for Trainers, there is no flexibility at this level of the programme. However, students progressing to the diploma will have a free choice of modules within their diploma year.

PG Diploma in Health Professions Education (Primary Care)

If you wish to study for a postgraduate diploma, you must complete a total of 120 credits of modules.

If you wish to exit the programme with a diploma, you will already have completed 60 credits of core Primary Care content on the certificate, and so you have a completely free choice of modules from the optional module list for your additional 60 credits.

If you wish to progress to the MSc, you will need to take a 15 credit pre-requisite module in the diploma year, based on the type of research project you wish to do:

You can then make up your remaining 45 credits by choosing from the range of modules on the optional module list.

MSc in Health Professions Education (Primary Care)

The MSc consists of 180 credits, comprising 60 credits of core Primary Care modules (the PG Cert), a 15 credit pre-requisite module, 45 credits of optional modules, and a 60 credit Master’s year research project.

You can choose what type of research project you wish to do, as well as choosing the format of the final thesis:

  • The Dissertation is based on an extended research project in which you collect and analyse empirical data, usually from research participants, in order to answer your research question. This is written up as a 10-12,000 word thesis. 
  • The Report is an alternative option to the Dissertation and is based on an extended review of literature, in which desk-based research is used to answer your research question. As with the Dissertation, your work is presented as a 10-12,000 words thesis

To exit with a Primary Care award, your Master’s year project needs to be on an aspect of education in Primary Care.  

Please note you can only apply for the full MSc however if you would like to study a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma you can choose to exit with these interim awards once you have achieved the required credits