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HUMA6021 Academic English for Health and Medicine (Pre-Masters)

Module Overview

The Academic English for Health and Medicine module is a core, year-long, subject-specific component of the Health and Medicine pathway for the Pre-Master’s programme. It is designed to help you as an international student 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. Most weeks, 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 from the field of Medicine with your fellow students. You will work with both classic academic articles and current topical issues which you will have read and analysed as part of your independent study. In semester 2 you will be encouraged to use some of the materials you are using in the research for your Project. The Academic English for Health and Medicine module complements the language and study skills that you will acquire in the other core modules that you will be taking on the Pre-Master’s programme: Critical and Contextual Thinking for Master’s Study (HUMA5011), English for Master’s Study (HUMA6016), Cultural Perspectives (HUMA5003) and the Research Project (HUMA5004). During the year you will have some guest lectures delivered by staff from other faculties.

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 of topics relating to Health and Medicine.
  • some of the specific, academic skills required for Master’s study in Medicine.
  • effective methods for reading, writing about and discussing information 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, analyse and critique scientific papers from a range of sources.
  • interpret, analyse and critique media articles about Health and Medicine.
  • identify, select and employ appropriate subject-specific vocabulary to communicate effectively about 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 process 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.
  • present and discuss ideas in a reasoned, structured and rigorous way, both orally and/or in writing and both individually and/or as a member of a group.


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 organising the seminars and leading the discussions. You will build your subject-specific vocabulary, examining Health and Medical-related topics in English, and develop your ability to communicate in English in this area. Each week you will summarise what you have learnt in a reflective diary or log.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Two hours of workshops/seminars per week.

Independent Study252
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

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

Cottrell, S. (2013). The Study Skills Handbook. 

UK Health Forum.

NHS News.



MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography  (1200 words) 10%
Annotated bibliography  (1200 words) 20%
Reflective log/diary 10%
Reflective log/diary 25%
Seminar presentation  (35 minutes) 10%
Seminar presentation  (35 minutes) 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography  (1200 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography  (1200 words) 100%
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