PGDip Education for Health Professionals
University of Surrey
Guildford, United Kingdom
2 - 4 years
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* Applications for September 2023 are still open for students who do not require a visa.
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Why choose this course
Study a hands-on, clinical curriculum to inspire and nurture new talent to meet modern healthcare demands – as an existing qualified health or social care professional, including:
- Allied health professionals.
Learn from a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, who are all healthcare professionals with experience working in the NHS.
Access one of the only health education programs in the south of England and gain a teaching qualification to become an educator within healthcare practice.
What you will study
You’ll develop and hone your analytical and critical thinking skills, enhancing your teaching, as well as your own professional practice. You’ll explore and analyze key educational and leadership issues in health and social care while challenging and debating contemporary theory and practice.
You’ll understand the complex nature of curriculum design, ranging from philosophical underpinning, student experience, and learning and teaching strategies. With this, you’ll develop a formal curriculum document based on a topic of choice.
You’ll study topics, including the art of learning and teaching, framing learning through the curriculum, implementing change in practice, research design and methodology, and supporting education in practice.
Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:
- Group work (e.g. discussion groups)
- Online learning
- Role plays
Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
Academic year structure
This part-time course will enable you to flexibly complete modules, fitting these around your existing commitments.
*This course can take between 2-4 years to complete. This is dependent on how many modules you select to study at a given time.
The modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand, and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programs based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75, or 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programs follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each program. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
- Research design and methodology
- Supporting education in practice
- Framing Learning through the Curriculum
- Implementing change in practice
- Strategic leadership for healthcare
- Art of learning and teaching
Optional modules for Unstructured - FHEQ Level 7
Students must take all core modules and choose one optional module. Information on CPD modules can be found at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/healthsciences/professional-development/cpd-modules.htm
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive.
We use a variety of methods to assess you, including case studies, presentations, and written work.
Program Tuition Fee
Scholarships and Funding
About the Discounts for Surrey Graduates 2023 entry
If you are a fully self-funded Home or International student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you may be eligible for a 20 percent discount on our taught postgraduate masters program fees.
The discount applies to:
- September/October 2023 entrants
- February 2024 entrants
- February 2024 entrants. Note: if applicable and Masters's programs are running with a February intake for the 2023/24 academic year.
- This scheme is only open to 2023 postgraduate taught entry students who are not in receipt of any external sponsorship.
Receiving your loan
To receive the first payment of your loan, you’ll need to have fully completed registration with the University.
Your loan will then be paid in three instalments across the academic year:
- You get the first payment after your course start date, once your university or college confirms that you’ve registered.
- The loan will be paid in three instalments of 33%, 33% and 34% each year.
After your application has been approved you’ll be sent a letter with your payment dates or you can check them in your online account.
We offer career information, advice, and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and event bookings, jobs, placements, and interactive development tools.
By completing this course, you’ll fulfill the growing demand for excellent teachers within the healthcare sector. 91 percent of our health sciences postgraduate students go on to employment or further study (**Graduate Outcomes survey 2022, HESA). Our alumni typically work for the NHS, private healthcare organizations, and academic institutions.
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