Medical education is an exciting specialty which is still relatively new. All doctors are now required to 'reflect, learn and teach others' (GMC, 2009). The BSc in Applied Health (Medical Education) will help prepare you to become a medical educator of the future, whether in a clinical or university setting. You will be exposed to important issues and theories in medical education, develop medical education research skills and understanding, and gain valuable teaching practice and experience.
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
The BSc in Applied Health (Medical Education) is taught by staff from the Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) and the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS).
As a medical education student, you will have access to the academic resources of the Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME), including expertise in areas such as GMC educational requirements, curriculum development, assessment, educational research methods, and statistical support.
LIME is one of the leading medical education units within the UK, and research produced by LIME has influenced medical education research, policy and practice locally, nationally and internationally. Members of LIME have particular research interests and strengths in assessment of competence, transitions and performance in medicine and the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching. LIME provides an encouraging and supportive culture to foster the research development of students and staff.
In the early terms, you will undertake modules about learning and teaching, curriculum development, assessment strategies, research methods relevant to medical education, and health systems. Throughout the course, you will attend placement in various learning environments, and be supported to develop and undertake a medical education research project. Across these modules, you will be challenged to engage with contemporary issues in medical and wider education and consider how these impact on an emerging generation of doctors. Independent learning and thinking is encouraged.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
This intercalated BSc is only open to medical students, who have completed at least two years of undergraduate medical training. Undergraduate students from the University of Leeds and other universities are welcome to apply.
Application to this course is a competitive process and those students with education and research experience will be favoured.
International Foundation Year Programme
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
How to apply
Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.
All Leeds medical/dental students wishing to intercalate at Leeds University must complete the relevant application form indicating a first, second and third choice of programme.
Medical students from other universities may apply for entry to this programme by contacting the LIHS Admissions Coordinator in the first instance.
Application to intercalated programmes at the University of Leeds is a competitive process based on the student's academic profile. The number of places available on each course differs yearly and students are not guaranteed a place. For internal students, it is expected that the majority of students will be given one of their specified choices. If demand for a particular programme exceeds the places available, a clearing exercise will be initiated for unallocated students who wish to obtain a place on another degree programme.
Students applying to the BSc in Applied Health (Medical Education) are ranked based on their academic profile and evidence of a keen interest in medical education, along with education and/or research experience (as demonstrated in their supporting statements). For further information, please contact the LIHS Admissions Coordinator
UK/EU: To be confirmed
International: To be confirmed
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government's forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Read about possible financial support for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.
Graduates from the BSc in Applied Health (Medical Education) are well placed for careers in medical education and medical education research. The BSc in Applied Health (Medical Education) serves as an excellent foundation for postgraduate programmes, such as the PGCert and MEd in Clinical Education programmes at the University of Leeds or a PhD on a medical education topic.
As a graduate of the BSc in Applied Health (Medical Education) you are welcome to join the community of medical education scholars at the Leeds Institute of Medical Education.
Study abroad and work placements
The course includes a 30-credit placement module, in which students attend and reflect on teaching and learning sessions in and around Leeds. Possible placement locations include University of Leeds MBChB teaching rooms, clinical teaching environments, and local medical schools. By the end of your studies, you are expected to have gained some experience in teaching and in critically appraising medical education practice, policy, and research.
You will also develop and undertake a research project on a topic pertinent to medical education, with the support of a research supervisor. Recent graduates have completed research on topics such as clinical placement learning, surgical teaching, social accountability in medical education, and leadership and management training.