Health Professions Education MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The MSc in Health Professions Education addresses the contemporary context, educational theory and practical teaching skills relevant to practitioners of all disciplines involved in education and training of healthcare professionals.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 academic year
5 academic years
Programme starts
September 2022
January 2023
Applications accepted
September 2022 entry: 18 Oct 2021 – 29 Jul 2022

Applications closed

January 2023 entry: 01 Jul – 18 Nov 2022

Applications open


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a relevant second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard and relevant professional experience of health care education and training.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Visa information for non-UK students

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October or January.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The MSc in Health Professions Education addresses the contemporary context, educational theory and practical teaching skills relevant to practitioners of all disciplines involved in education and training of healthcare professionals.

The programme also emphasises transferable skills, and thus enables participants to cultivate their research and analytical capabilities in order to:

  • develop their practice as educational supervisors and mentors
  • develop their skills and practice as teachers
  • critically analyse theory policy and practice in health professions education
  • conduct research in health professions education.

Who this course is for

This programme is suited to practitioners of all disciplines involved in the education and training of medical, nursing and other healthcare staff.

What this course will give you

The programme team have extensive expertise and experience in research and practice in health professions education and training. The programme has been developed and run in collaboration with experts from a variety of educational fields across UCL, including the world-renowned Institute of Education (IOE), from the NHS and from policy-makers such as Health Education England. The programme is designed to be truly flexible to meet your needs and fit with your preferred study options you are free to curate a programme of study that best suits your interests, and you have the option of specialising in one of three domains that are aligned to known career-progression pathways in health professions education: Leadership, Research and Primary Care. This Programme is now available to be studied fully online.

The foundation of your career

I'm really interested in making medical education part of my future career alongside my GP work. The flexibility of this MSc means that I can select a mixture of blended modules, some of which are fully distance learning.

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Dr Anjali Gondhalekar

Health Professions Education, MSc


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teaching clinicians in a range of disciplines and professional roles, while others have jobs as lecturers and researchers in clinical and non-clinical areas. Graduates can also be found working as clinical education policy-makers and managers.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered fully online using interactive learning tools.  Assessment is by coursework assignments, including essays with reflective components.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits for the MSc. Students can choose to exit with the interim awards PG Diploma (120 credits) or PG Certificate (60 Credits). Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Health Professions Education.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Where you'll study

Student in a lecture theatre

The Medical School is based in Bloomsbury in the heart of London. Working closely with several major teaching hospitals, we provide a world-class medical education. Core medical education is provided at UCL and three clinical campuses. The Bloomsbury campus has clinical facilities at University College Hospital (UCH), the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the Heart Hospital, and the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital. The Royal Free campus in Hampstead is the site of the Royal Free Hospital. The Whittington campus in Archway is the site of the newly refurbished Whittington Hospital, with a new Undergraduate Education Centre.

Online - Open day

How can a Masters help you develop your career in Medical/Health Professions Education?

This fascinating session will introduce you to the field of Health Professions Education. UCL’s highly successful online MSc equips health professionals to deliver an excellent education in diverse contexts from university settings to clinical workplaces. The flexible, modular design has specialist pathway options including leadership, primary care and research, as well as a generic pathway. Join this webinar to find out how this MSc can help you develop your career.

Online - Open day

Educating health professionals – progressing your career through UCL MSc in Health Professions Education

The UCL Medical School hosts a virtual event where they give short presentation about the programme, including details on different modules, how this programme could enhance your career, student experience and then answers questions.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £10,800
Tuition fees (2022/23) £22,200

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

For programmes commencing in the 2020/21 academic session, e.g. before 1 August 2021, there is an application processing fee of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. For programmes commencing from 1 August 2021 (in the 2021/22 academic session), there is an application processing fee of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Health Professions Education at graduate level
  • why you want to study Health Professions Education at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

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