Postgraduate taught 

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

Simulation in Health Professions Education MED5395

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

In this course, students will identify and critique ways in which simulation may be used in the delivery of health professions education, in contexts of high- and low-resource. This will include the use of simulation in formative and summative assessment of clinical and communication skills.


This course takes place in semester 2 and is made up of lectures and tutorials.

Excluded Courses



Essay relating to simulation in HPE (50%) - 1800-2500 words. (ILOs 1, 2, 3 and 4)

Weekly posts to online discussion forum (50%) - max 4000 words. (ILOs 1, 2, 3 and 4)

Course Aims

This course aims to give students the opportunity to:

1. Debate how simulation may legitimately be used in the delivery of health professions curricula, including in the assessment of clinical and communication skills;

2. Reflect on the resource required for simulation, and to think creatively about low-resource alternatives.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Critique various uses for simulation in the delivery of health professions curricula;

2. Critically discuss the extent to which principles and theories of learning and teaching inform the use of simulation in health professions education;

3. Discuss how simulation may be practised in high- and low-resource contexts in health professions education;

4. Engage in critical debate on the evidence-base for the use of simulation in learning, teaching and assessment in health professions education.

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.