The MSc in Health Professions Education is an interdiscplinary programme for all health and social care professionals seeking a graduate qualification that will prepare them to design programmes of study and faciltate student learning. For Registered Nurses and Midwives, the programme will confer eligibility to register as a Nurse Tutor (RNT) or Midwife Tutor (RMT) with the Nursing and Midwfery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
Applicants who already hold a Master's Degree in a relevant subject may take the Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education.
This interdisciplinary programme will prepare health and social care professionals to design and deliver programmes of study for undergraduate and graduate students of their disciplines.
For registered nurses and midwives, successful completion of the programme leads to registration in the Nurse or Midwife Tutors' divisions of the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
The MSc in Health Professions Education builds upon and develops students' knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to prepare them to assume the role of the educator, capable of designing engaging programmes of study and of faciltiating students' learning.
The specific aims of the programme are to enable students to:
The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in curriculum design and development, and in the facilitation of student learning. The focus is on education as a professional practice and you will be supported to analyse, apply and appraise relevant scholarship and research. and to discern its potential contribution to your practice in your specific contexts.
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive an MSc in Health Professions Education from the UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems. The programme is recognised nationally and is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland for nurses and midwives seeking regsitration as a Nurse or Midwife Tutor.
The programme is delivered by blended learning and comprises a number of workshops supported by Brightspace, UCD's virtual learning environment. A range of methods will be used to expose students to innovative and dynamic ways of facilitating and enhancing learning, including lectures,workshops, small group discussions, blended learning, case presentations and clinical simulation.
Assessment will be continuous and of, for and as learning, and the methods employed will include student-led presentations, assignments and the design of a programme of study.
The programme offers two tracks, both 90 ECTS credits in total.
1. Education with Leadership and Management (places on this track are limited as module capacity is restricted, you are therefore advised to indicate a preference for both tracks when applying).
2. Education with Research
YEAR 1 (all students, both tracks)
NMHS43630 Enabling Effective Learning 10 ECTS credits (Autumn and Spring)
NMHS43640 Creating Curriculum 10 ECTS credits (Autumn and Spring)
NMHS43910 Facilitating Student Learning 1 10 ECTS credits (Autumn and Spring)
NMHS43270 Research Methods Applied to Healthcare 10 ECTS credits (Spring)
Optional modules (both tracks)
Candidates for the entry to the Registered Nurse Tutor (RNT) division of the NMBI register must take:
NMHS43260 Nursing Knowledge: Philosophy and Practice
Candidates for the entry to the Registered Midwife Tutor (RMT) division of the NMBI register must take:
NMHS41560 Midwifery Practice and the Concept of Normality
All other Heathcare Professionals must take:
NMHS43820 Systems Thinking in Healthcare
Leadership Track (all students)
NMHS43850 Leading, Innovating and Managing in Health Systems 10 ECTS credits (Autumn)
NMHS43920 Facilitating Student Learning 2 10 ECTS credits (Autumn and Spring)
NMHS43610 Strategic Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation (Spring and early Summer)
NMHS43620 Innovations in Healthcare: Local and Global 10 ECTS credits (Spring and early Summer)
Research Track (all students)
NMHS43920 Facilitating Student Learning 2 10 ECTS credits (Autumn and Spring)
NMHS44020 The MSc Dissertation Evidence Synthesis or Translation 30 ECTS credits (Autumn/Spring)
The MSc in Health Professions Education provides you with the knowledge and skills required for educating students at Certificate, Diploma, Bachlelor's and Master’s level. Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills of education will ensure you are well positioned to work in a variety of educational settings and in a variety of education posts both nationally and internationally. The leadership track will prepare you to assume leadership and management roles up to senior level. The research track will prepare you to conduct research into important issues in educational policy and practice.
The programme's predecessor was particularly aimed at preparing nurses and midwives to assume the role of nurse tutor and many graduates have taken up roles as clinical facilitators, placement co-ordinators and practice development officers within the health sector as well as academic roles within higher education institutions.
· Active registration as a health professional with the appropriate regulatory body
· Have at least three years or equivalent clinical experience as a registered health professional prior to entry. This experience should be in clinical areas where students of the applicant’s health professional discipline undertake placements as part of their pre- and post-registration education.
· Have a bachelors’ degree in the relevant health profession or in an allied health subject relevant to the profession.
Prior to commencing the programme, applicants must provide evidence that they have secured access to the teaching experience required to undertake it. During the programme students must undertake at least 100 teaching hours (at least eighty  classroom teaching hours and at least twenty  clinical teaching hours). The assessment of teaching skills in the context of professional practice hours must be completed under the supervision of an experienced health professional educator and, in the case of nurses and midwives, a Registered Nurse or Midwife Tutor.
Opportunities must also be provided to observe the role of preceptors, lecturers in the health profession and other health care specialists who coordinate students’ clinical learning experiences and the assessment of learning in practice.
Documentation required to complete application:
· Indication of preference for the leadership or research options (availability of preferred option cannot be guaranteed as it is subject to module capacity)
· Two academic references
· One professional reference
· Copies of academic transcripts from completed degree programme/s
· Written confirmation of teaching arrangements, confirming that:
§ the applicant has secured at least 100 teaching hours (at least eighty  classroom teaching hours and at least twenty  clinical teaching hours). This confirmation must be signed by the appropriate person in the Higher Education Institution and/or Centre of Nurse or Midwife Education, and the Healthcare Provider Organisation providing the teaching opportunities.
§ the assessment of teaching skills in the context of the professional (clinical) practice hours will be completed under the supervision of a named experienced health professional educator and, in the case of nurses and midwives, a named Registered Tutor (please provide name/s and contact details).
§ opportunities will be provided to observe the role of preceptors, lecturers in the health profession and other health care specialists who coordinate students’ clinical learning experiences and the assessment of learning in practice.
PLEASE NOTE - THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS IS 31 July 2021
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