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Course summary

The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (October/November 2022). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via This is a professional development course aimed at medical education professionals, spanning all medical specialities. It focuses on the history, contemporary issues and development of the field, as well as research methods, and design and evaluation of research in medical education. This part-time course is aimed at medical professionals and health science practitioners who are involved, or intend to be involved, in educating future health professionals. These medical professionals may include not only postgraduate physicians but also a range of graduate allied health science practitioners involved in the care of patients and in the education of future healthcare workforce. The part-time MSc in Medical Education will be offered jointly by the Department of Education in the Social Sciences Division and the Medical School in the Medical Sciences Division, with formal responsibility for the programme resting with the Department of Education. Interdisciplinarity is endemic in education and medicine, and team-teaching capitalises upon the distinctive knowledge and skills of academics within the two departments. The MSc will consist of six taught modules in the first year, assessed by written assignments. The six core modules will include:

  • Patients, learners and teachers
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Assessment issues and practices
  • Educational theory and philosophy
  • Work-based learning and skill development
  • Educational research methods
  • Equity, diversity and belonging
In the first year of the course, you will be required to attend six teaching weekends at the Department of Education in Oxford over a Friday afternoon and Saturday. The Friday afternoon and Saturday morning sessions will consist of interactive lectures and workshops. Additional teaching and online support will be provided through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas). In the second year, you will undertake a research and development project under the supervision of a member of academic staff culminating in a dissertation. Supervision The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Department of Education and the Medical School and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside of the Department of Education and the Medical School. During the first year, supervision will consist primarily of online tutor and community feedback, with some face-to-face meetings during the teaching weekends. In the second year, you will have at least ten hours of supervision hours where tutors will provide formative comments once on a draft thesis. You will have at least two telephone/online meetings with your supervisor in each of the last two terms, in which you will report formally on your progress and be provided with feedback on specific issues, and you will also be encouraged to organise at least one face-to-face meeting with your supervisor within the last two terms of the course.

Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

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