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Why choose the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Education

98% of our Nursing graduates are in graduate-level employment (Guardian, 2024)

100% of Health graduates went into highly skilled employment or further education (HESA, 2023)

£5,000 a year available with the NHS bursary.

About the course

This flexible course will enable you to develop your competence as a clinical educator in both professional practice and educational settings. It combines face-to-face online and blended-learning approaches to provide a rich range of learning teaching and assessment opportunities.

This Master’s is designed for busy medical professionals who wish to build their skills as an educator but need a course that is flexible enough to adapt to their lives. It has been designed with the diverse educational roles and responsibilities of clinical educators in mind with a focus on contemporary practice in both higher and professional education contexts.

Why choose this course?

  • Gain the understanding and techniques you need to support the development of clinical professionals your teams and the wider organisation
  • Each unit combines study days and live online sessions that range over the semester with online learning and supported self-directed study
  • Develop a critical analytic and reflective attitude to medical and healthcare education and grow as a medical educator and leader
  • Study the latest research scholarship and practice and learn to deal with complexity contradictions and gaps in the current evidence base
  • The course team brings expertise from higher and professional education contexts
  • The course is accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators

Interested in the course? Please make sure you submit your application by 1 July 2024.

Course schedule

The PgDip Medical Education includes 2 units, over two semesters.*

For students who have completed their PgCert units (total 60 credits) in Medical Education and wish to progress.

Time Location Date
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Tuesday 24/9/24
10:00 - 1:00 Online Monday 14/10/24
 10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Friday 8/11/24
10:00 - 1:00 Online Wednesday 27/11/24


Time Location Date
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Monday 20/1/25
10:00 - 1:00 Online Monday 10/2/25
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Friday 7/3/25
10:00 – 1:00 Online Friday 28/3/25

The final year of the MA Medical Education includes 2 units, over three semesters.*

For students who have completed their PgCert and PgDip units (total 120 credits) in Medical Education and wish to progress.

Time Location Date
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Wednesday 25/9/24
10:00 - 1:00 Online Thursday 17/10/24
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Tuesday 12/11/24
10:00 – 1:00 Online Friday 29/11/24


Time Location Date
10:00 - 12:00 Online Friday 31/1/25
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Tuesday 25/2/25
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Monday 28/4/25

*All units are core, face to face contact takes place at Bedford campus, exact teaching rooms will be communicated via our online system (BREO) – dates may be subject to minor changes

Get in touch

For more information please contact the course lead Dr Hoda Wassif via email


  • Academy of Medical Educators (AoME)

Course Leader - Dr Hoda Wassif - Associate Professor in Medical & Dental Education

I am a Principal Lecturer in Medical & Dental Education and Portfolio Lead Pre-Professional & Continuing Health Education Portfolio, part of the School of Nursing and Health Education.

As portfolio lead, I offer academic leadership and support related to a range of courses in Pre-Professional and Continuing Health Education including; Advanced Nursing Practice, Nursing Associates, short courses in health systems as well as Medical & Dental Education.

What will you study?

Clinical Education In Practice

How can I develop an informed approach to teaching, learning and assessment in order to be an effective and innovative Medical, Dental or Healthcare educator?

In addressing the central question above, the unit provides you with opportunities to:

·         Explore effective strategies for teaching, supporting learning and assessment

·         Consider the roles and responsibilities of Medical, Dental,  Healthcare educators including issues of consent and ethical practice in clinical teaching

·         Critique the key features of real, simulated and virtual learning environments

·         Promote best practice and innovation in learning, teaching and assessment

Develop an on-going action orientation to your development as an educator.

Educational Perspectives For The Workplace

This unit addresses the central question: how might we draw upon historical and contemporary theories of learning to make sense of and develop the education and training of medical, dental, nursing and allied healthcare professionals? The unit critically examines contemporary educational perspectives in the contexts of higher and professional education in medicine, dentistry and wider health professions. The unit also enables you to explore approaches to curriculum delivery from identified theoretical standpoints, allowing you opportunities to re-think your own approaches to teaching, learning and assessment as a result. The ways in which we will be working – as individuals, as peer groups and as a community - will shape the learning of the unit, both face-to-face and on-line

Educational Policy And Leadership

This unit addresses the key question of how educational leaders can develop a capacity to analyse educational policy, influence and lead the integration of policy changes. The political and environmental factors that shape medical, and healthcare education are constantly changing. This unit will enable you to:

Develop your intellectual capacity to analyse the complex web of theories and policies that generate the educational policy landscape.
Critically engage with the impact of policy and theory on leadership practice, your own and that of others. It enhances your capacity to recognize and cope with the complex environments and situations in which educational leadership is required.
Explore and develop the personal qualities and skills needed to make an impact on and influence teaching and learning in ways that ultimately enhance the quality of care and service.
Combine a range of analytic tools, techniques and approaches with competing and contested notions of leadership in a manner that will enable you to influence the implement appropriate change.
Enhance your self and other awareness by reflecting on a collaborative group assignment

Understanding Learning In The Workplace

This unit addresses the central question - what are the contested conceptual bases of learning within the workplace learning and how do they shape approaches to education and training in medicine, dentistry and health?

In addressing this question, the unit provides you with opportunities to:

· explore the socio-political factors that explicitly and implicitly influence the design, delivery and assessment of education and training within your own professional context.

· become familiar with emerging conceptions of workplace, work-based and practice learning and consider their relevance in relation to learning in your own workplace contexts.

· develop an ability to critique reform of education and training within your own professional context, and ideas of teaching, learning and assessment that underpin these.

. provide you with the opportunity to develop academic literacies, including critical reading, reflective and academic writing.

Research Project Dissertation

The unit aims:

- To enhance literature searching and critical appraisal skills.
- To develop the ability to critique relevant research methodologies and study design. 

- To enable students to develop and conduct a small individual research project in their own field, either in Medical/Dental Education or in Dental Law and Ethics.


Introduction To Research Methods

This unit addresses and responds to the central question:

What is the nature of ‘evidence’ in medical & dental education as well as dental law & ethics and how does this shape approaches to research in these disciplines. 

The unit provides opportunities to:

- Explore and critique the assumptions underpinning quantitative and qualitative paradigms, judging their fitness for purpose in the context of published research and your own practice

- Design and implement a literature search strategy in order to develop your skills in literature synthesis and critique

-  Appreciate the ways which particular methodologies and methods are aligned with each other, leading you to a) adopt an informed, critical stance to published research and b) ensure careful alignment of research question, methodology and methods in your own future research and c) be able to construct a research proposal.

- Understand the importance of ethics in health-related research and key ethical issues to critically consider in your research project.

How will you be assessed?

The Course aims to offer transformative learning experiences which model best and creative practice in learning teaching and assessment. The team draws upon a wide range of established and innovative approaches to learner support and development. The learning and teaching strategy combines face-to-face contact days with supported on-line learning with students benefiting from the multi-disciplinary learning environment.


The course is aligned to appropriate professional standards and is suitable for educational and clinical supervisors. It builds your ability to take on more senior educational roles within your current place of employment by enabling you to adopt a critical stance to your own and others’ educational practice and to propose ways of enhancing student and trainee learning experiences.

Entry Requirements

2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a related subject area

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £10,000 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

International 2024/25

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £15,600

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

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