Manchester Metropolitan University

Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning (STEL) in Healthcare

On our part-time course, you'll develop the skills to lead the design, development and evaluation of simulation and technology enhanced learning (STEL) in healthcare. It's designed for practitioners working within the health and social care sectors, across physiotherapy, social work or medicine. Whichever sector you work in, you'll share your experiences with fellow students to help broaden your knowledge of how organisations use STEL. You'll usually learn through group tutorials and interactive workshops, with activities ranging from role plays to fully immersive simulations. Our specialist facilities on-campus include human patient simulators, resuscitation manikins, and working oxygen/suction. These practical sessions help you to gain a deeper understanding of both curriculum design and evaluation principles, and how they can apply to your practice. Through the taught units, you'll critically evaluate STEL methods, from mobile applications, gamification, immersive scenarios to the use of virtual reality. You'll consider ways to use STEL in practice across health and social care, and how it can help to improve patient safety. You'll use your newly acquired knowledge and skills to develop a work-based project unique to your interests, experiences and workplace. This assignment helps you to develop your professional skills, as well as support innovation and development within your workplace. Healthcare practitioners whose work focuses on simulation-based education lead this course. The three units on this course all provide 20 credits at Level 7 (masters degree level). You can build up credits and exit with a postgraduate certificate (60 credits) or complete single units as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Applicants must have a UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a health and social care or education discipline. Applicants with a diploma who have gained sufficient clinical and professional experience are also welcome to apply. Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Assessment methods

A combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, and independent study.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years

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