M.Sc. Medical Education

Karolinska Institutet | Stockholm, Sweden
Medical education is an interdisciplinary field of knowledge which is based on explanatory bases and perspectives from both care sciences and behavioural sciences, particularly pedagogy but also psychology, sociology and social anthropology.
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Description of Medical Education

The programme enables students to work at developing a scientific attitude towards individual practice, including investigations, change work and publishing results, which can be summarised as scholarship of medical education. The growing understanding of the conditions for learning within medical and health care can be used to improve conditions for professional development and to make good use of resources, with contributes to the overall objectives of quality care and improved human health.

You will study learning and leadership in relation to university studies and to the health care field. During the degree project, students choose one (of four) more in-depth specializations area: academic management, educational development work, professional development and subject didactics within the field of medicine and health care. You will, based on pedagogical theories and the best available evidence, learn how to design, review, supervise and stimulate learning processes and develop medical study programmes.

Your individual pedagogical practice is central in the education and you will perform empirical studies based on this where design, processes and results are shared with the other course participants and tutors/supervisors on-line using a LMS platform.

Career opportunities

The Master’s Programme in Medical Education is designed for individuals who want to better prepare for educational leadership, supervision, teaching and research within medical education.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline April 15
Tuition fee
  • Free (EEA)
  • Total amount: 180 000 SEK
  • First instalment: 90 000 SEK
Start date August  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode Blended
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 48 months
Part-time variant Flexible
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Semester 1
  • Scholarship of Medical Education
  • Learning processes
  • Integration of Theory and Practice
  • Design and assessment for learning
Semester 2
  • Interprofessional Learning
  • Leading change and Learning
  • Master degree project

Requirements for Medical Education

Bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to at least 180 credits, 2 years work experience within the medical, caring, or behavioural sciences, and/or two years teaching experience (at upper secondary level or higher). Proficiency in English equivalent to English B/English 6.


The selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications such as previous education, relevant work and/or research experience and statement of intent. Letters of recommendation are not required.

Work Experience for Medical Education

No work experience is required.

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Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Sweden Karolinska Institutet is one of the world´s leading medical universities. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country´s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

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