Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Curriculum approaches and design MED5387

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

In this course, students will identify, critique and apply various approaches to, and models for, designing a health professions curriculum. Additionally, students will identify the various stakeholders in a health professions curriculum and critically evaluate their impact.


tbc (distance-learning)

Requirements of Entry

Applicants should normally possess a medical, dental, or nursing degree from an institution recognised by the University Court; or a recognised degree from another appropriate health profession; they should ideally be employed in a relevant professional context. Applications will also be considered from individuals with other relevant degree qualifications (such as a BSc in a biomedical science), who are, or aspire to be, employed in the education of health professionals.


For applicants undertaking this course as part of the PGDip/Msc HPE or PGDip/MSc HPER, they would normally be expected to have completed the following courses successfully: Learning in Health Professions; Teaching in Health Professions; and Assessment in Health Professions.

Excluded Courses



Assignment relating to the theory of curriculum design and/or its application in a health professions context (75%)

Contribution to online discussion (25%)

Course Aims

This course aims to give students the opportunity to:

1. Develop their knowledge and understanding of approaches to, and models for, curriculum design, and how these may be applied in the health professions context;

2. Critically discuss the role of various stakeholders in a health professions curriculum.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Critically evaluate approaches and models for developing a curriculum, including their relevance to a health professions context;

2. Design and implement a health professions curriculum that is balanced between pre-clinical and clinical content; is integrated; is relevant to the clinical context; takes account of various approaches to learning and teaching; and utilises a range of learning opportunities and constructively aligned assessments;

3. Critically discuss the role of various stakeholders in a health professions curriculum and their contribution to the content and governance of that curriculum.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.