Health Simulation MSc PGDip PG Cert 2022/23 entry

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Study options:

2 years part-time



100% online study


September 2022




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Course code:


Study options:

2 years part-time



100% online study


September 2022




Get in touch

The content of this course for September 2022 entry is still being updated.
The information on these pages relates to September 2021 entry and is for guidance only. Please revisit this course page for updated information.


Simulation is an increasingly important area of education and training for health professionals. The advance of technology in recent years enables approaches to learning that were not possible just a few years ago. These courses are aimed at healthcare, public health and medical professionals working in clinical training, education, research or anyone who has a passion and enthusiasm for innovative and exciting health simulation. The aim of these courses is to support you towards becoming a leader in health simulation. This may include social care or non-traditional healthcare professionals.

The key focus of these courses is to enable you to create engaging and inspirational virtual and technology enhanced healthcare simulations for a range of health education environments.

Coventry University has extensive experience of online learning, utilising simulation and virtual reality with the aim to enhance teaching and learning. In a recent (2020) article in The Guardian, Coventry University was listed as one of just 6 UK universities with the capacity and will to develop high-quality online education. This recognition is supported by Coventry University being ranked top of Mooclab’s World University Rankings by MOOC Performance 2021.

Using the most up-to-date evidence and emerging trends and technologies allows these courses to be both exciting and original in their approaches and teaching and learning.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.


The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Management Institute

Upon successful completion of the Leading Strategic Change through Creativity and Innovation module, and attainment of the CMI learning outcomes you will gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice and will be awarded Foundation Chartered Manager status, which will enable the use of the designation ‘fCMgr’ after your name.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2021 and 2022 intakes.

If the accreditation of this course changes, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Course information

This course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to enhance your understanding of current and emerging technologies and theories in the field of health simulation as a learning tool. You will explore what it is now possible to achieve through simulation in health education, what is likely to be possible in the near future, and discuss the ethical questions that need to be addressed when utilising health simulation as a learning tool.





  • Principles of Health Simulation - 30 credits * ^

    This module is designed to support and facilitate your exploration and understanding of the theoretical and practical foundations of contemporary topics and practices of simulation within education. During the module you will examine the following areas:

    • Formulating and planning of simulation to develop learning.
    • Developing learning objectives and suitability in relation to a learning community (uni-professional or inter-professional).
    • Delivering healthcare simulations within education contexts.
    • Debriefing learners following simulations (including learner support and wellbeing).
    •  Evaluating the simulation learning, activity, quality and effectiveness.
    • Ensuring accessibility and usability of simulation technologies.
    • Identifying best practice within healthcare simulation in relation to national and international guidelines and accrediting bodies.

  • Principles of Medical Education - 20 Credits *^

    Throughout this module you will have the opportunity to explore some key medical educational concepts, as applied to healthcare simulation learning. You will focus on identifying the learning needs of medical and healthcare students and relating this to educational theories to align to learning objectives. On successful completion of the module you should be able to apply education theory to the field of medical education while critically analysing key historical concepts and possible future trends in education, including:

    • Pedagogical approaches
    • Learning theories
    • Medical education debates and key trends
    • Contemporary and possible future educational approaches related to healthcare simulation
    • Developing innovative learning tasks and approaches within medical education and simulation
    • Summative and formative assessment within simulation
    • Supporting learners in difficulty

  • Applied Research in Health Simulation -10 credits*^

    The purpose of this module is to support and facilitate your initial exploration of healthcare simulation research at master’s level. You will examine contemporary topics and practices in relation to healthcare simulation literature including:

    • Principles of ethical enquiry and the ethical approval process
    • The philosophies of research
    • The application of research to practice
    • Critical appraisal of literature
    • Synthesis of literature

  • Technology Enhanced Simulation - 30 credits ^

    Developing your skills and abilities in the creation of engaging and inspirational virtual- and technology enhanced healthcare simulation is the focus of this module. Successful completion will give you the necessary practical tools and critical vision to analyse the use of learning technologies, specifically those used in healthcare simulation, including:

    • Learning experience platforms
    • Functionality of innovative technologies
    • The use of 5G technologies in healthcare simulation
    • Mixed realities, including 360-degree field-of-view environments
    • Evaluation of learning in technology enhanced simulation

    You will have the opportunity to create an ‘open’ browser-based healthcare simulation learning resource.


  • Health Simulation Governance - 20 credits ^

    By successfully completing this module you will have developed an in-depth and strategic use of governance frameworks and standards and practical application for their use. In addition, this module is designed to help you to develop both theoretical and applied strategies for planning and implementing simulation centres or spaces. This includes the following:

    • Decision-making in healthcare simulation governance
    • Accountability frameworks
    • Accreditation and validation for regulatory bodies
    • Planning simulation spaces, equipment, processes and strategies
    • Financial governance and return on investment models

  • Leading Strategic Change through Creativity and Innovation - 10 credits

    This module is based on the CMI level 7 national standards and will be supported with a series of workshops and online tutorials. You will study the following themes; Strategic leadership, organisational structure and culture internationalisation, cultural and ethical issues to underpin the practical and theoretical developments and after successful completion of this module you should be able to:

    • Evaluate the relationship between strategic management and leadership. Analyse the impact of the organisation's culture and values on strategic leadership. Discuss how organisation-specific, legal, regulatory and ethical requirements impact on strategic leadership demands. Evaluate current and emerging social concerns and expectations impacting on strategic leadership in the organisation. Evaluate leadership styles and their impact on strategic decisions. Discuss why leadership styles need to be adapted in different situations. Evaluate the impact of leadership styles on the organisation. Evaluate two differing leadership strategies. Determine situational variables which could cause a change in leadership strategy. Analyse a leadership strategy to support organisational direction.
    • Explain different types of organisational structures; Analyse the impact of organisational structure on the achievement of its operational and strategic objectives; Describe situations where organisational structure can have a negative impact upon the organisation; Understand the impact of organisational culture on an organisation; Discuss the different types of organisational cultures that may exist within organisations; Evaluate the external and internal influences on organisational culture; Analyse the impact of organisational culture on the achievement of an organisation’s objectives; Critically evaluate a range of tools and models that may be used when analysing the current culture of an organization; Describe the effects of a culture which does not support organisational objectives; Assess the impact of different cultures and structures within organisations; Evaluate how legal, regulatory and organisational policies impact on an organisation; Explain how an organisation’s values, culture and structure may affect the recommendations made by a consultant; Discuss the role of the consultant in supporting changes to organisational culture and structure.
    • Identify a range of organisational change models or frameworks. Apply a range of creative and innovative problem solving techniques to address change challenges. Identify and justify change, creativity and innovative solutions that link to organisational strategic plans. Evaluate a range of implementation models. Identify the criteria to select a change implementation model that supports organisational change. Demonstrate the use of analytical, creative and innovative tools to monitor the progress and the effect of change. Assess change monitoring and measurement techniques within an organisation. Analyse strategies to minimise adverse effects of change, creativity and innovation. Identify, analyse and present the impact of change in the context of creativity and innovation.

    Upon successful completion of this module and attainment of the CMI evidence requirements you will gain a Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership and an Award in Professional Consulting. This will enable you to apply for Chartered Manager status via the qualified route, once the other entry criteria set by the CMI have been met.

    Students will have access to the Chartered Management Institute's online resources which currently include books, journals and reports suitable for this module.

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to work with other students, across disciplines or from a range of workplace settings, including outside the health and education sectors to facilitate an appreciation of how different sectors work and how they can adopt or adapt solutions from other fields.

  • Advanced Research in Health Simulation - 10 credits^

    Building on your studies earlier in the course, this module will support and facilitate your advanced exploration of healthcare simulation research at master’s level. including:

    • Advanced considerations of ethical enquiry and the ethical approval process
    • Emerging philosophies of research
    • The application of advanced research to practice
    • Synthesis of literature
    • Parametric and non-parametric statistics

  • Masters Dissertation or Project - 50 credits

    During this module you will be encouraged to design and undertake either an original and robust piece of research (dissertation) or evidenced, systematic report on a topic, theme, issue or problem in healthcare simulation (report). Based on your chosen assessment for this module, the module may consist of:

    • Research methods
    • Proposal writing
    • Literature searching
    • Data analysis
    • Project supervision
    • Writing strategies
    • Writing for publication

  • All modules are mandatory for the award of an MSc

    Only modules with a * need to be completed for the award of a PG Cert

    Only modules with a ^ need to be completed for the award of a PGDip

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

You will be assessed through a variety of assessment tasks which may include (but are not limited to) essays, reports, a portfolio, creation of a digital healthcare simulation learning resource, creation and presentation of an academic poster and a dissertation or project report.

This course is delivered wholly online using innovative teaching methods.

It is hoped that this course will draw students from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. You will have an opportunity to share your background with others on their course and will be encouraged to learn from your fellow students. This is complemented by the international experience of the current course team, who have taught and led in simulation centres around the world, present at global conferences and who are part of international networks.

Due to these key globalisation cornerstones, the curricula of the courses reflect contemporary international and global developments in health simulation. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is the term that Coventry University uses to refer to ‘virtual mobility’ experiences. These are included within the curriculum and provide you with an opportunity to interact with international universities and industry professionals without leaving your current location. You will have the opportunity to use COIL to develop intercultural competences and digital skills, while working with others on subject-specific learning tasks or activities.

Entry Requirements

You should hold a health or social care (or relevant) undergraduate degree. Other degree level qualifications may be considered with relevant work based experiential learning experience, which will be assessed on a case-by-case basis as part of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Coventry University process. 

You should hold a health or social care (or relevant) undergraduate degree. Other degree level qualifications may be considered with relevant work experience, which will be assessed on a case-by-case basis as part of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Coventry University

Applicants whose first language is not English will be asked to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken language. Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to Level 7 of IELTS with no element below 6.5.

For more details about admissions, please see the Coventry University postgraduate admissions policy. 

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 7 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.



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UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



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If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

The course is designed for people who are currently working in, or would like to develop a career in health simulation. This is an exciting and constantly evolving field with demand from the public and private sector for people with expertise in this area.



The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

2UK and international opportunities

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

3Tuition fees

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Student Contract

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.