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Education for Healthcare Professionals (MSc)

  • Duration: 18 months
  • Mode: Full time

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Why study this course

Our programme aims to empower you to be a reflective practitioner through self-appraising past and future teaching styles.


Leading research

Our research is ranked 4th overall in the UK and 1st for Research Environment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment.


Learning community

You will benefit from learning alongside a diverse group who are studying at various points in their career.


Student support

You will have academic support and be assigned a designated personal tutor throughout your studies with us.


High-quality teaching

You will be taught by experienced educational and clinical staff with considerable local, national and international reputations.


Student representative

You will have the opportunity to become a student representative and shape future educational provision.

Join a School ranked 4th in the UK overall and 1st for our research environment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment (under Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy). Our challenging and rewarding programme is designed specifically for those who are involved in healthcare education and the teaching and learning of healthcare professionals at all levels.

Our programme aims to empower you to be a reflective practitioner through self-appraising past and future teaching styles. We aim to increase your ability to be aware of the types of assessment and evaluation strategies used in education and practice areas.

This course offers an opportunity to study core module interprofessional modules inclusive of research methods and facilitating teaching and learning. You will develop the knowledge required to approach your practice innovatively, apply research and evidence to shape current and future practice.

You will have the opportunity to plan teaching sessions and strategies, implement educational assessment and evaluation strategies and lead practice and curriculum development activities. The aim of the programme is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to integrate theory and practice that enable you to teach other professionals and service users who remain at the heart of the health and social system.

Your learning will be supported by experienced researchers and academics who are experts in their field. You will be designated a personal tutor who will support you throughout your studies. In addition, you will be learning alongside a diverse group who are studying at various points in their career, sharing knowledge and gaining understanding of practice across the sector.

Above all else we strive to make sure you are ready for the next step in your career. Be part of something life-changing and take on a new challenge today.

Where you'll study

School of Healthcare Sciences

Our courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge and experience you need to embark on a professional healthcare career.

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Admissions criteria

In order to register with the University and undertake this programme, applicants must:

  • Be health/social care practitioner in possession of a degree/diploma in a health/social care.
  • Submit an employer’s reference to evidence this.

A personal statement will need to be submitted with your application. The personal statement on your application form will be considered when a decision is made on your suitability for the programme for which you have applied.

You must address the following points in your personal statement, this list is not exhaustive:

  • Why have you selected this programme?
  • What interests you about this programme?
  • Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
  • How you plan to use the qualification in your career.
  • How you and your profession will benefit from your studies.
  • Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.

Application deadline: End of July of each academic year. Your application may be considered after this, but it may be for a later intake.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (or recognised equivalent).  

Requirement is IELTS overall 6.5 and no less than 5.5 in any subsection. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.  

Please note that applicants with an IELTS score of overall 6 may be eligible for an offer based upon attendance on pre-sessional English language course offered by Cardiff University. Please be advised that places on these courses are limited so please apply early. Further information can be accessed via the following link:  

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

The MSc in Education for Health Care Professionals programme is modular and students must complete four modules in the taught component of the course leading to a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). A dissertation module (60) credits then leads to an MSc (180 credit total).

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

The notion of adult learning will inform the learning and teaching process and a range of learning and teaching methods will be utilised to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme. Students will enter the programme with a wide range of skills and experiences and some may hold senior positions. These experiences will be used to enhance the learning process.

Post graduate degree level study involves you taking responsibility for your own learning and this will be encouraged throughout the programme. The learning and teaching strategy will take notice of this and methods used will range from tutorials, student led seminars, dialogue, problem-based learning, appreciative enquiry, skills workshops, self-directed study, discussion and debate and expert led lectures.

The full range of learning and teaching strategies will be adopted within this course, for example; problem-based learning, scenario based learning, guided study, e-learning, clinical skills sessions, workshops, discussion groups, action learning sets, reflection, seminars, debates, lessons and expert led lectures. It is imperative that as future educators individuals are able to utilise a full range of learning and teaching strategies.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of assessments, such as written assignments, oral presentations, portfolio and work-based projects. This enables you to demonstrate your ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present your ideas and abilities. The dissertation is a culmination of the development of all these skills. 


How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic conventions. Personal tutors will adhere to the Cardiff University’s Personal Tutors handbook which outlines the responsibilities of the personal tutor. 

This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing your own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables you to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials. 

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars. 

A mentor from the School of Healthcare Sciences will support you when you are undertaking module 'Facilitating Learning and Teaching' and module 'Assessment and Evaluation'. The mentor will provide support to ensure you are able to complete the required teaching hours.

The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support you. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, day care facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.  

Our student app allows you to access Cardiff University services and personalised information in one place in a simple and convenient way from a smartphone via the app store.   

Features include:  

  • Campus maps 
  • Student library renewals, payments and available items 
  • Student timetable 
  • Find an available PC 
  • Access to help and student support 
  • Student news
  • Receive important notifications 
  • Links to launch other University apps such as Outlook (for email) and Blackboard (for Learning Central). 
  • Links to recommended apps such as nextbike to help make the most of their student experience. 

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

  • A critical and systematic understanding of the concepts of educational practice and its integration and application to the development of health education;
  • A critical appraisal of what constitutes scholarly activity and the ability to critically evaluate dimensions of theory and practice, applying new knowledge and skills to educational practice;
  • Demonstrate originality and critical evaluation of the use of advanced methods of scholarship and techniques;
  • Critically analyse strategies for supporting learning and discuss the development of effective relationships with colleagues supporting students’ learning across a range of environments;
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of contemporary approaches to learning and implement strategies, which will facilitate students to maximise their potential for learning and contribute to the development of practice.
  • Critically explore approaches to the assessment of learning and implement strategies that facilitate professional judgements of achievement of required standards, exercising accountability for decisions and providing feedback to learners;
  • Develop a critical understanding of approaches to evaluation to determine the effectiveness of learning and teaching strategies in achievement of required standards and the quality of learning environments.
  • Critically reflect on the characteristics of an effective learning environment and create appropriate learning experiences that allow learners to function as part of an inter-professional team whilst maintaining the integrity of their professional role.

Intellectual Skills:

  • Critically evaluate relevant research material, through posing questions of enquiry and apply new techniques and information to professional judgments, complex decision making and development within the field of education;
  • Provide critical appraisal of complex problems associated with educational practice and the ability to problem solve and develop solutions based on evidence, and sound professional and clinical judgment;
  • Demonstrate, through independent study, critical reflection on practice, to critically analyse situations and develop new approaches to practice;
  • Critically analyse the evidence base for practice to enhance own learning, disseminating research findings and empowering others to develop the evidence base to improve care and enhance learning opportunities;
  • Critically explore quality assurance processes in education and practice and established audit criteria and processes to enhance the quality of the learning experience.

Professional Practical Skills:

  • Initiate, lead and manage educational developments to meet health and social care needs, ensuring the safe and effective organization and provision of quality patient focused care;
  • Critically evaluate identification and addressing of personal and professional development needs through a variety of learning and teaching situations;
  • Demonstrate originality and critical appraisal of communication strategies used to communicate and disseminate knowledge to the inter-professional team;
  • Critically explore academic leadership, demonstrating strategic vision and developing effective relationships when developing programmes and responding to evaluations of learning, teaching and assessment strategies across practice and academic settings, in order to enhance the effectiveness of learning provision;
  • Critically appraise the impact of policies on contemporary professional practice, providing a credible role model to learners when supporting practice developments through change management.

Transferable/Key Skills:

  • Integrate theory with professional practice.
  • Synthesise information/ data from a variety of sources.
  • Critique research.
  • Take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.
  • Project plan time and task.
  • Work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Analyse, interpret, synthesise and evaluate data.
  • Problem solve and reach realistic conclusions.
  • Communicate ideas in a clear concise manner.

Tuition fees

Students from the UK

Tuition fee (2021/22)Deposit

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course.

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Students from the rest of the world (international)

Tuition fee (2021/22)Deposit

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

A uniform is required when attending clinical practice or simulation sessions within the School of Healthcare Sciences.

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Career prospects

As a healthcare professional you need the tools to lead change and deliver high quality care. One such tool is through the medium of Education. Education that allows you to develop and fulfil your professional role. Employability options include; advanced practice roles, enhanced professional roles, and leadership roles, healthcare education roles within health and social care and Educational institutions. Recent alumni have been successful in career advancement with moves into key educational roles.


Master's Excellence Scholarship

This award worth £3000 is open to UK and EU students intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

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