Health Studies (Practice Teaching) MSc 2017-18

About the course

We are proud that our course:

•  Prepares healthcare practitioners for contemporary clinical teaching roles leading and supervising others involved in supporting learning and assessment in practice.

•  Provides the opportunity for healthcare professionals to enhance their practice in relation to supporting the development of students, newly qualified staff and the existing workforce to ensure evidence based practice and a research focus is maintained.

•  Is delivered and supported by experienced academic staff in the field.

•  Provides you with opportunity to network with professionals from different disciplines and share best practice.

This course is aimed at health professionals wishing to develop mastery of practice teaching in a clinical setting. It provides the opportunity for clinicians to develop the ability to lead in the design, delivery and assessment of programmes of learning in a multi-disciplinary environment. For those registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and a Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ) or Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) qualification, it is an approved course leading to eligibility for recording a practice teaching qualification on a local register.

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years part-time

Entry requirements

You must:

•  An Honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent.

•  A healthcare practitioner, registered with a professional body such as HCPC or NMC.

•  An experienced clinician working in a role where they are able to provide practice education

SQN and SCPHN applicants must:

•  Hold the appropriate community nursing qualification and have a minimum of 2 years relevant practice experience (NMC 2008 requirement).

•  Negotiate access to a Practice Teacher with ‘sign off' status in order to provide supervision in relation to their Practice Teacher role and to supervise the final ‘sign-off' of the SCPHN / SPQ student at the end of their final placement.

•  You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.


Admissions Assistant
Tel. 01484 472561

Places available:


(this number may be subject to change)

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Assessment in Health Professional Education

This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge and understanding of current approaches to assessment. You will be supported to develop your role as a critical reflective practitioner and teacher in this area by undertaking and critically evaluating the purposes and methods of assessment. In addition, you will critically review and debate implications for education and training in relation to the developing academic, vocational and professional qualification structures. You will have the opportunity to identify and negotiate your chosen assessment method in line with your individual learning needs and the module outcomes.

Learning and Teaching: Theories Processes and Strategies in HPE

In this module you will study theories related to learning, teaching and assessment applicable to health professional educators and teachers. You will explore major learning theories such as behaviourism, cognitivism and humanism amongst others, and will have the opportunity to apply a variety of teaching approaches within a peer group setting. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework; firstly a written essay on learning theories and secondly a presentation on teaching strategies.

Teaching in Clinical Practice

This module is designed for healthcare practitioners from a range of acute and community disciplines, provides the opportunity to develop mastery of practice teaching in a clinical setting. You will also have the chance to develop the ability to lead in the design, delivery and assessment of programmes of learning in a multi-disciplinary practice environment. You will have responsibility for enabling the effective learning of a student/s whilst you are studying and also identify opportunities to support the development of newly qualified staff and/or the existing workforce to ensure evidence based practice and a research focus is maintained. You will be assessed through coursework in an e-portfolio.

Year 2

Core modules:

Critical Appraisal of Research Literature

In this module you will be encouraged to develop your understanding of methodological design. You will study the critical appraisal of a variety of aspects of published quantitative and qualitative research in practice settings, and will consider the utilisation of your knowledge and skills in future career developments, through pursuing autonomous practice and agenda setting in your profession. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.

Research Project Preparation

This module provides the opportunity for you to develop the knowledge and skills required to design ethical and feasible research projects relevant to your practice, role or academic studies. You will also explore the different aspects involved when designing a research proposal. Assessment will involve producing one piece of coursework, in the form of a research proposal which addresses a particular practice need within your clinical area.

Plus relevant and appropriate option module(s) from the postgraduate provision up to 30 credits including:

Supporting Learning in Practice

In this module you will gain a deeper understanding of the role of a mentor. You will develop knowledge of the ways in which learning takes place and study elements of supporting learning in practice, including the development of supporting and assessing students and accurate grading of practice. You will demonstrate/reflect on your skills in mentoring learners, using learning contracts and will be assessed through coursework, in the form of an E-portfolio.

Year 3

Core module:

Project (Health Related)

This module provides the opportunity to develop a working project proposal facilitated with learning materials and procedural guidance made available electronically. In addition you will attend lectures and have access to supervision with a subject specialist or researcher in the field. You will be assessed through submission of coursework in the form of a project.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


You will be required to complete a compulsory 30 days (180 hours) protected teaching practice experience with a range of learners including students, newly qualified staff and the existing workforce. This will be facilitated through negotiation with your supervisor.

Career opportunities

This course provides the opportunity to further develop your career and role in health professional education within healthcare practice.

Teaching and assessment

The modules are delivered through a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, simulation, e-learning, case-based tutorials and problem based learning and teaching practice. Assessment involves a variety of methods including action plans, teaching practice/presentations, portfolios, reflections and written essays.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results. Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.

This course maybe eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber.

Additional routes

Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.

Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.

Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen and want to apply to join us. International applicants should apply direct to the International Office. Further details on international applications.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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