Postgraduate taught 

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

Leadership in health professions education MED5391

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

In this course, students will learn about the theory and practice of leadership in health professions education and will reflect on how this applies in their professional context.


This course takes place in semester 3 and is make up of lectures and tutorials.

Excluded Courses



Essay relating to leadership in health professions education (50%) - 1800 to 2500 words. (ILOs 1 and 2)

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 leadership in the context of health professions education;

2. Critically reflect on/evaluate their personal approach to leadership and their effectiveness.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Critically evaluate the extent to which theories of leadership are relevant to in a health professions (education) context;

2. Critically evaluate the role of a leader in health professions education, with respect to balancing vision, strategy, innovation, and adherence to regulators' and institutional policies on design and delivery of health professions curricula; 

3. Critically reflect on their personal approach to leadership and critically evaluate their effectiveness.

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.