Health Professions' Education

University College Cork Online

Postgraduate Certificate Online
12 months
3000 EUR/year
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The Health Professions' Education programme of University College Cork Online is a part-time fully online programme. It is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to be effective educators.


Students who have completed the PG Certificate and wish to further their education and development in the area of Health Professions’ Education can progress to the Postgraduate Diploma and subsequently the Masters (MSc) also offered by the School of Medicine.

Course Practicalities

Students of the Health Professions' Education programme of University College Cork Online are required to engage with online materials and attend in person on campus at a limited number of workshops (at PG Diploma level), contribute to online discussions, link with peers, perform and reflect on teaching practice, and complete personal reading and written assignments. Face to face and online work including completion of online materials and contribution to discussions is expected to take in the region of 40 hours per 10 credit ECTS module. Additional time should be spent on self-directed reading, planning, performing and reflecting on teaching.

There is no work placement in this programme but students are expected to be able to access teaching opportunities to allow completion of compulsory assignments.

Students completing the MSc are expected to communicate regularly and attend meetings as required with their supervisor regarding their dissertation.

Students require the following skills and equipment:

  • Basic computing and word processing skills
  • PC or a laptop with an up to date operating systems capable of playing SCORM packages
  • High Speed Broadband (a minimum of 1MB download speed and 500KB upload speed is required)
  • Common plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, Java and Flash
  • Access to MS Office or an equivalent e.g. Open Office
  • Access to a modern standards compliant web browser. UCC recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Camera for recording a teaching episode (smartphone camera will suffice)

Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after I graduate with a qualification in Health Professions’ Education?

The Postgraduate Certificate will provide you with the knowledge and skills to to be an effective educator.  The Postgraduate Diploma will allow you to develop yourself in the areas of scholarship and leadership in HPE. Completion of the Masters programme will give you:

  • Critical skills to evaluate education methods and courses, and the evidence base for current practices in HPE;
  • Knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of key topics required to be a health professions’ educator;
  • Knowledge and skills required to design, undertake and evaluate research in HPE;
  • Skills to act as a leader and innovator in HPE.

Occupations associated with Health Professions’ Education

Occupations include but are not limited to doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, psychology and social care professionals.

What are our graduates doing?

The programme is relevant to individuals involved or interested in teaching in clinical or academic settings. In addition, it is relevant to those working in postgraduate training bodies. Graduates could utilise knowledge and skills acquired in this course for teaching, research, and leadership roles relating to Health Professions’ Education in any of these settings.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Teaching, Assessment and Feedback: Teaching and Learning in Health Professions' Education I 
  • Theory in Health Professions' Education 
  • Instructional Design: Teaching and Learning in Health Professions' Education II
  • Health and Wellbeing in Sport, Physical Activity and Physical Education
  • Health 1: Understanding Health and Wellness
  • Health 2: Health Promotion

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification in an appropriate healthcare related subject, such as (but not restricted to) medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, psychology, social science;
  • Access to teaching opportunities to allow completion of compulsory assignments;
  • Applicants who do not meet these requirements may also be considered on a case by case basis following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the programme board;
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum IELTS of 6.5 with scores in no individual section less than 6.5, regardless of nationality or employment status within the EU.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Health Professions' Education
University College Cork Online