Starting date: Jan 08, 2022 Ending date: Jan 08, 2024 Location: Limerick, IE
Summary: The University of Limerick School of Medicine developed the programme to meet the educator training needs of busy health professionals both locally and internationally. Description: Masters in Health Professions Education

Accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators


The University of Limerick School of Medicine, with the support of colleagues in the Schools of Allied Health, Education and Department of Nursing & Midwifery, has developed a Masters in Health Professions Education (MSc. HPE) which is designed to meet the educator training needs of busy health professionals both locally and internationally


The programme is offered in two formats to meet the needs of busy healthcare professionals:

Blended Learning - course code MSHPEDTPA (face-to-face and online/distance) - for students who favour the social and collaborative nature of face-to-face learning.

Online/Distance Learning - course code MSHPEDTDA – for those individuals who, for whatever reason, cannot present physically on campus.


Key features of the programme include:


• Options of blended and online/ distance learning


• Research led, practice based, inter-professional teaching


• Regular feedback and tutor interaction


• Innovative collaborative learning experiences with the aim of promoting a stimulating learning environment as outlined in the University of Limericks “Engaged Learning” strategy.


Students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in HPE qualification having successfully completed 60 ECTs. Students will exit with a Masters (MSc) in HPE qualification having successfully completed all modules (i.e. 90 ECTs).


This course is accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators, entitling graduates to an accelerated application process to become members and fellows of this academy. Members of the AOME may use the post-nominal letters MAcadMEd and this demonstrates that they have been judged to meet the Academy’s Professional Standards for Medical Educators at an appropriate level.


At the end of the programme graduates will meet the following learning outcomes:

• Demonstrate a specialised understanding of a complex body of knowledge relating to the theory and pedagogy, research and evidence, and policy and practice of health professions education and its potential as a powerful mechanism for change in health systems, and the educational programs offered across a range of health professions and disciplines.


• Evaluate existing and innovative learning and teaching pedagogies and practices for the purpose of extending or redefining existing knowledge and promoting new insights in health professions education pedagogy, theory and practice.


• Demonstrate creativity, innovation and ethical practice in health professions education.


• Critique, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories relating to health professions education.


• Develop practical, generic skills in teaching and assessment, underpinned by an understanding of educational theory.


• Apply advanced knowledge and analytical and practical skills in managing complex problems within health professions education.


• Lead education development within their own practice context.


• Independently design, develop, implement medical education research relevant to their own practice and disseminate outcomes.


• Interpret and communicate knowledge, skills, ideas and solutions related to health professions education to specialist and non-specialist audiences, including stakeholders within the health professions, universities, health services, governments and community.


• Apply advanced knowledge and analysis of educational principles to inform improvements within individuals’ own professional settings.


• Critique, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories relating to health professions education, effecting change, innovation and evidence-based practice where appropriate.
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