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HUMA6019 Academic English for Health and Medicine

Module Overview

This module is designed to aid international students in their transition from undergraduate to postgraduate studies in health,health sciences or medicine. This module will allow you to develop the subject specific reading, writing and reflective skills you will need in the undergraduate Health modules you will take in Semester Two of the MIPS programme and your future studies as a masters student. Most of your classes will be in the format of a 'Journal Club', where under the guidance of your tutor, you will present, share and discuss specialised articles about health, health care and medicine which you have read and analysed as independent study to your fellow students. You will work with both classic academic article and current topical issues.

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.


Each week you will consider and discuss a text relating to health and/or medicine. Initially these discussions will be animated by your tutor, but as the module progresses you and your fellow students will have the responsibility organising the seminars and leading the discussion. Each week you will summarise what you have learnt and your reflections of the topic in a reflective diary.

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

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


Stella Cotterell (2013). The Study Skills Handbook. 

UK Health Forum.


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  () 40%
Seminar presentation  (35 minutes) 30%


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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