Postgraduate taught 

Health-Professions Education / Health-Professions Education (with Research) MSc/MSc (Research)/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Curriculum approaches and design MED5387

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • 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.


This course is made up of lectures and tutorials in semester 1.

Excluded Courses



Essay relating to the theory of curriculum design and/or its application in a health professions context (50%) - 1800 to 2500 words. (ILOs 1, 2 and 3.)

Weekly posts to online discussion forum (50%) - max 4000 words. (ILOs 1, 2 and 3.)

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.