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Health Professions Education - MSc

Course Details


Available: Part- Time

Duration: 2 years

Award: NFQ Level 9 Major Award (90 ECTS)

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

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Brief Description

The Graduate Entry Medical School with the support of colleagues in the Schools of Allied Health, Education and Department of Nursing & Midwifery have developed a Masters in Health Professions Education which is designed to meet the educator training needs of busy health professionals both locally and internationally. The programme will be offered in two formats to meet the needs of busy healthcare professionals.  

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Blended Learning (Face to Face and Online/Distance) - targeting those students who favour the social and collaborative nature of face to face learning.

Online/Distance Learning - course code MSHPEDTDA – targeting those individuals who, for whatever reason, cannot present physically on campus. It is also anticipated that this option will provide the platform for targeting international students and alumni. 

Key features of the programme include:

  • Option of blended and online/distance learning
  • Research led, practice based, interprofessional 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 Limerick "Engaged Learning"   
  • strategy.


Year 1
Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
  • BM6001 Learning & Teaching in Health Professions Education – 12 ECTS credits
  • BM6002 Education Support – 9 ECTS credits BM6012Assessment in Health Professions Education – 9 ECTS credits
  • BM6003 Curriculum Development and Design - 9 ECTS credits
  • BM6013Leadership in Health Professions Education – 9 ECTS credits
Year 2
Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
  • BM6004 Research in Health Professions Education – 12 ECTS credits
  • BM6005 Research Paper/Dissertation I – 15 ECTS credits
  • BM6006 Research Paper/Dissertation II – 15 ECTS credits

*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)

In the case of Blended Learning face to face sessions (6 over the two-year period) will run at weekends in
the Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick. 

Minimum of a second class honours primary degree (2.2) (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or a postgraduate degree (Level 9 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement, in a subject related to the health professions, education or management
Evidence of a minimum of 2 years clinical professional experience in the health professions, education or management. 

What to Include with your application:

  • Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)
  • English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)   
  • Personal statement 250 – 500 words
  • 2 professional /academic references dated within last 6 months
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

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