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HUMA6019 Academic English for Health and Medicine

Module Overview

This module is a core, subject-specific component on the Pre-Master’s programme Health and Medicine pathway. It is designed to help you in your academic development and transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study in Medicine. This module will typically introduce you to the style, genre and subject-specific vocabulary required for effective future Master’s study in Medicine and develop your subject-specific reading, writing, listening, speaking and reflective skills.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • a variety topics relating to health and medicine.
  • some of the specific academic skills required for masters study in health or medicine.
  • effective methods for reading and discussing formation about health and medicine in critical, evaluative and analytical ways.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • interpret, critique and analyse scientific papers.
  • interpret, analyse and critique media articles about health and medicine.
  • subject specific vocabulary for health and medicine.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use a range of general and academic English vocabulary effectively;
  • use a range of reading strategies to a variety of academic and media texts.
  • take part effectively in seminars, tutorials and other academic discussions about health and medicine in English
  • understand, summarise and critically evaluate academic reading
  • present information from your personal research and study to your fellow students and tutors.


In this module you will consider and discuss texts relating to Health and/or Medicine. To begin with, these discussions will be initiated by your tutor but as the module progresses you and your fellow students will have the responsibility for leading the discussions. You will build your subject-specific vocabulary, examining Health and Medicine-related topics in English, and develop your ability to communicate in English in this area. You will regularly summarise what you have learnt in a reflective diary or log.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Two hours of workshop/seminars per week.

Independent Study126
Practical classes and workshops24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list


UK Health Forum.

E.H Glendinning & R. Howard (2007). Professional English in Use: Medicine. 

Stella Cottrell (2013). The Study Skills Handbook. 


Assessment Strategy

The module is assessed through coursework. At regular intervals you will be given a task to complete which will be worth a percentage of your final mark – see the table below. All the tasks are ‘summative’ but feedback will be given in the form of peer evaluation, self-reflection and tutor’s comments before you submit your task in order to help you produce your best work.


MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography  (1200 words) 30%
Reflective log/diary  () 30%
Seminar presentation 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography  (1200 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Anything else not covered elsewhere

There are no specific costs for this module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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