Health Professions Education

Learning on this online programme is supported by a 'Community of Inquiry' pedagogical model, meaning that you will learn with and from peers, experienced clinicians and academics within the field of health professions education.

Learning will also be supported through weekly synchronous (webinars, small group tutorials, teaching demonstrations) and asynchronous (videos, interactive web-based content, discussions, self-directed reflections) activities. Instructional design for learning resources will be guided by best practice in higher education including universal design for learning (UDL) principles (AHEAD, 2021), and contemporary approaches to formative and summative assessment (National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2021).

Subjects taught

In the first semester you will be introduced to health professions education, and what it means to build your identity as an educator. Module one offers a foundation in educational theories that help to explain how learning takes place, and can be nurtured, in health professions education settings. Module two provides in-depth learning around evidence-based teaching and learning methods which can be used in a variety of health professions education settings.

In the second semester, you will be introduced to the topic of assessment and feedback in health professions education, as well as how to evaluate sessions, modules and programmes.

The programme modules are as follows:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Introduction to Health Professions Education 15 Online activities (individual and group)/teaching demonstration

Principles of Teaching and Learning 15 Online activities (individual and group)/teaching demonstration

Assessment as/for/of Learning in Health Professions Education 15 Online activities (individual and group)/teaching demonstration

Curriculum Design and Evaluation 15 Online activities (individual and group)/teaching demonstration

Entry requirements

RCSI welcomes applications from health professionals that are involved in a teaching capacity in their current role. You must hold, or expect to hold on year of admission, a minimum second class honours result in a first honours bachelor degree (Quality & Qualifications Ireland level 8).

Places on this programme are limited and candidates will be selected for admission on the basis of open competition using:

Basic eligibility
Personal statement

This programme will be delivered in English. Candidates whose first language is not English (unless exempt) must also meet the RCSI English language requirements (i.e. an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or above, with no component lower than 6.0 or the equivalent score on another standardised test).


This one-year part-time programme takes place over two academic semesters: two modules are completed in the first semester (September-December) and two modules are completed in the second semester (from January onwards).

Online programme.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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