Why choose this course
The fast-paced landscape of modern healthcare demands effective training and tuition, so that staff are prepared for every eventuality. If you’re a qualified healthcare or social care professional who wants to inspire and nurture new talent, our PGDip Education for Health Professionals course is for you.
Throughout the course we’ll share with you our core values, that reflect those of modern healthcare, such as compassion, good communication and the ability to be a team player in the face of challenging circumstances.
We’ll enhance your existing capabilities as an instructor and will give you the skills you need to become a competent and proactive educator.
What you will study
You’ll develop and hone your analytical and critical thinking skills, enhancing your teaching, as well as your own professional practice. You’ll explore and analyse key leadership issues in health and social care practice, while challenging and debating contemporary theory and practice.
You’ll understand the complex nature of curriculum design, ranging from the philosophical underpinning, student experience and learning and teaching strategies. With this, you’ll develop a formal curriculum document based on a topic of choice.
You’ll study topics, including the art of learning and teaching, framing learning through the curriculum, implementing change in practice, research design and methodology, and supporting education.
We have a clinical-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to the healthcare sector. You’ll be taught by qualified healthcare practitioners and senior teaching staff, giving you a combination of both clinical and educational expertise. This may include Professor Melaine Coward (Adult Nurse and Head of the School of Health Sciences), Amy Dopson (Adult and Children’s Nurse and Head of Continuing Professional Development) and Nikki White (Senior Teaching Fellow).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
By completing this course, you’ll fulfil the growing demand for excellent teachers in the healthcare sector. Our alumni typically work for the NHS, private healthcare organisations and academic institutions.
Academic year structure
This part-time course will enable you to flexibly complete modules, fitting these around your existing commitments. As a result, your academic year structure will depend on how many modules you select to study at a given time.
*This course can take between two to five years to complete. This is dependent on how many modules you select to study at a given time.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22. This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. You must be currently registered as a healthcare professional to apply.
International entry requirements by country
Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall, 7.0 in each component (or equivalent).
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
Start date: October 2021
Part-time - 4 years
UK To be confirmed
Overseas To be confirmed
Students will pay fees on a module-by-module basis, please see our modules for further information.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21. Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.
Campus locationKate Granger Building
Our health sciences, nursing and midwifery courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.
Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.