Health-Professions Education DHPE/MSc (Med Sci)

The Doctoral and Masters programmes in Health-Professions Education are for healthcare professionals who have an interest in medical education, clinical education, dental education, or similar area.

Key facts

  • DHPE: 48 months full-time; 72 months part-time
  • MSc (MedSci): 12 months full-time; 36 months part-time
  • Contact: Dr Susan Jamieson:          

Why Glasgow

  • The Masters programme adopts an evidence-based approach and will draw on your own professional circumstances and experience.
  • It can be studied either on campus or as distance learning, using fully interactive multimedia software or you can choose to attend on campus.
  • Applications are welcomed from doctors, dentists, nurses, biomedical and psycho-social scientists, veterinary practitioners, or other health professionals, who teach, assess, manage or administer undergraduate or postgraduate students, and wish to extend their evidence-based knowledge and practice.
  • On successful completion of the Masters you may have an opportunity to proceed to the professional Doctorate.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of the following courses

  • Principles of health-professions education
  • Evidence, policy and governance
  • Dissertation (10,000 - 15,000 words)
  • Thesis (50,000 words).

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

You should be a healthcare professional with a degree in a healthcare discipline and should have access to a health professions teaching environment.

You are required to provide two references and a full degree transcript with your application.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)


The Doctorate in Health Professions Education comprises 540 credits, fees reflect the number of credits undertaken.  These are indicative and subject to change and annual increase.

Please contact the Programme Administrator for clarification of your fee.

On Campus Fees

Home and EU - £2,833 per 60 credits

Course 1 -PG Certificate (60 credits) - £2,833

Course 2 - PG Diploma (120 credits) - £5,667

Course 3 -MSc (180 credits) - £8,500

Course 4 - Thesis (360 credits) – £17,000

Total for DHPE (540 credits) £25,500


International (Full time Only) - £6,067 per 60 credits

MSc (180 credits) £18,200

Thesis (360 credits) £36,400 (Over 2 years)

Total for DHPE (540 credits) £54,600



Online Distance Learning Fees

Home and EU -  £2,833 per 60 credits

Course 1 -PG Certificate (60 credits) - £2,833

Course 2 - PG Diploma (120 credits) - £5,667

Course 3 -MSc (180 credits) - £8,500

Course 4 - Thesis (360 credits) – £17,000

Total for DHPE (540 credits) £25,500


International - £2,833 per 60 credits

Course 1 -PG Certificate (60 credits) - £2,833

Course 2 - PG Diploma (120 credits) - £5,667

Course 3 -MSc (180 credits) - £8,500

Course 4 - Thesis (360 credits) – £17,000

Total for DHPE (540 credits) £25,500

MSc (Med Sci)

Same as detailed under DHPE fees above.

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

The Professional Doctorate in Health-professions Education (DHPE) prepares individuals for roles of leadership in research and senior management in the health-care professions. The programme is appropriate for health-care professionals who are ambitious for an influential role, at a senior level, in the management and delivery of education in either undergraduate or postgraduate phases. This is most appropriate for early or mid-career practitioners who wish to significantly enhance their comprehension of education within a professional context.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What essential documentation should I have available before I start my application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU) 24 July 2015
  • UK and EU applications 28 August 2015
    (with the exception of those programmes offering SFC funded places)

Classes start September 2015 for most programmes and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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