Multidisciplinary Healthcare Simulation - PGCert

Suitable for all health care professionals with an interest or involvement in delivering training and education, the main aims of this programme are to provide you with:

  • an understanding of the principles of adult learning and how they can be applied to multidisciplinary health care simulation training
  • an understanding of the evolution, variety and importance of human factors in healthcare practice
  • the knowledge and skills required to design, develop and facilitate simulation training
  • the debriefing skills required to aide learners subsequent reflection and development

Simulation is becoming increasingly prevalent as a tool for teaching and learning in health care because it provides a safe environment in which students can develop clinical skills and non-technical skills via guided debriefing.

The aim of this programme is to provide healthcare educators and other healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills required to design, develop and facilitate effective simulation training and education for their learners.

Why study this course

Academics from the University of Birmingham, with experience in education and simulation based training, and experienced clinicians based at the University Hospital Birmingham have designed this programme.

The programme offers you the opportunity to study the principles of experiential learning theory in healthcare simulation, the process of creating simulation scenarios and the concepts underlying safe and effective debriefing. In addition to theoretical study the course aims to promote the wider use of simulation modalities, non technical skills and human factors in healthcare teaching, learning and practice.


This programme comprises three distinct but complementary, compulsory 20 credit modules:

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Fees and funding



£2,640 plus a bench fee of £300

International students
£10,245 plus a bench fee of £300

Please note that international students are only eligible to study this programme on a full-time basis.

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

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International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.

For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.

For other funding queries contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

A relevant first degree or an equivalent professional qualification is required, ideally in healthcare and allied specialties (including simulation technicians).

English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available. 

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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This programme makes significant use of lectures and simulation workshops to deliver teaching and encourages enquiry based learning through independent guided learning.  The programme also offers you the opportunity to develop practical skills, techniques and capabilities in simulation based education in a high fidelity simulation environment.  

Assessment methods

Assessment methods used on the programme include: oral presentations, evidence based essays and creation of simulation scenarios for use within a high-fidelity simulation suite.

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