The MA in Clinical Education addresses the contemporary context, educational theory and practical teaching skills relevant to practitioners of all disciplines involved in education and training of healthcare professionals.
This programme enables participants to develop their research and analytical capabilities in order to:
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of a number of optional modules covering a range of clinical education topics, and either a dissertation (60 credits) or a report (30 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.
There are no core modules for this programme.
Flexibility and choice are key features of this exciting and innovative programme.
Consequently, there are no core modules, and students may choose from a wide range of optional modules covering a range of topics, from introductory modules on teaching and learning to new modules on leadership, quality improvement and teaching ethics and law.
All MA students submit either a dissertation or a report.
The dissertation is based on original empirical research, whereas the report is based on secondary research, often taking the form of a literature review.
Both options have a prerequisite module which is designed to support the research that you plan to undertake. This module should normally be taken in the academic year prior to commencing the dissertation or report, but can be taken in the same academic year.
Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face daytime and evening sessions and online distance learning. Assessment is by coursework assignments, including 5,000-word essays with reflective components.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Clinical Education MA
Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teaching clinicians in a range of disciplines and professional roles, while others have jobs as lecturers and researchers in clinical and non-clinical areas. Graduates can also be found working as clinical education policy-makers and managers.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
The programme team have extensive expertise and experience in research and practice in clinical education and training. The programme has been developed and run in collaboration with experts from a variety of educational fields across UCL, including the world-renowned Institute of Education (IOE), from the NHS and from policy-makers such as Health Education England.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: UCL Medical School
80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
There is an increasing need for clinical teachers to hold formal qualifications. Our Clinical Education programmes are suitable for qualified health professionals or intercalating students who want to develop and accredit teaching skills.
Our programmes look at clinical education from a new and practical standpoint, based on the reality of delivering clinical education in modern healthcare environments.
It is specifically created for those wishing to develop their roles as clinical educators and is suitable for those from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds including medical researchers, academic clinical fellows, nurses, allied healthcare, public health professionals, and doctors.
You will be learning with a diverse array of healthcare professionals; offering a substantially wider perspective than many other courses are able to offer.
You will spend time learning the craft of teaching. If you are not currently involved in teaching, the course will provide ample opportunity to regularly practice teaching in a safe environment with feedback from fellow students.
This is a blended (face-to-face and online) course and we will work around your priorities and the major service and time pressures you have enabling you to complete the course at your own pace.
The themes running through the programme are a comprehensive introduction to clinical education, coaching and mentoring, principles of assessment and practical delivery of teaching.
The course is evidence-based - incorporating the latest research and current issues in academic clinical education. Some of this research has been carried out by the course tutors, consisting of highly experienced clinical educators and researchers.
This programme is Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) accredited. AoME accreditation means that anyone who successfully completes the course is eligible to apply for Membership of the Academy without the need to go through the full application and assessment process.
Our MSc Clinical Education programme is a one year full time, or three year part time programme, of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7.
This programme is divided into 3 ‘Stages’. PgCert students will complete stage 1 (60 credits) in Year 1, Having completed the Certificate (stage 1) you move on to the PgDip stage 2 (60 credits, 120 credits in total) in year two.
At stage 3, to complete the full MSc there are eight taught modules. You will also complete a 60 credit dissertation in this third and final Masters year.
Some modules may be taken as non-credit bearing modules without the subsequent need to complete assessments. These modules may therefore be suitable for those wishing to undertake continuing professional education for professional interest or appraisal purposes.
Face-to-face teaching is delivered over two days per module, with further reading, teaching practice, project work and assessments making up the remainder of learning activities.
The Core modules include;
Please note these modules provide examples of what you can expect on this course based on recent teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand. For an up to date list and more detailed description please see the website http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/medicine/clinicaledcert/#Programme-structure
In addition, some modules may be taken as non-credit bearing modules without the subsequent need to complete assessments. These modules may therefore be suitable for those wishing to undertake continuing professional education for professional interest or appraisal purposes. For further information please see the CPD pages at http://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/cpd/
This course is flexible in that it offers two entry routes, choices for modular study and appropriate academic targets.
Those who have already completed either the BSMS Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (or equivalent, if APL requested) or the BSMS Postgraduate Certificate in Simulation Studies, may enter at Postgraduate Diploma Level. These participants would then successfully complete a further three 20-credit optional modules to achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education (120 M level credits). Normally these modules would be completed part-time within one academic year.
Participants wishing to progress to Masters level must include Module MDM 10 ‘Research Methods & Critical Appraisal’ in their choice of three.
A 12,000-word dissertation (as well as an academic poster for publication) in the academic field of clinical education completes the Master of Science degree (180 M level credits). This would normally be completed in a further year, but some students with busy NHS jobs find it can take up to two years to complete.
The overall aim of the course is to promote knowledge of and research into learning, teaching and communication in a clinical context, together with facilitating a reflective awareness of participants’ related educational skills and their ongoing development.
The format of assessment throughout the course is varied: some modules are assessed by more traditional 3,000 word written assignments, centred on a topic relevant to the student’s own practice or in-depth analyses of specific case studies or significant educational events. Others feature the development of specific educational tools (e.g. on–line learning or simulation-based assessment), focussing on more practical aspects of clinical education.
Students will also develop a personal educational portfolio of about 5,000 words using an appropriate national professional standards framework i.e. Health Education Academy (HEA) or Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).The Dissertation module involves a personal research project and is assessed by a 12,000 word thesis plus academic poster for publication in an appropriate academic journal.
This course provides health professionals with a firm base to underpin their role as medical educators.
Formal credentialing in medical and clinical education is currently being considered seriously at national level in the UK and elsewhere, and the ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ (May 2016) for higher education institutions in the UK also means that careers in medical or clinical education are likely to be enhanced via the acquisition of formal qualifications in clinical teaching.
This course provides an ideal vehicle for participants to pursue an appropriate level of study for their educational commitments and in this national context, should help them in career development.
Any clinician wishing to take a professional approach to their postgraduate studies in medical or clinical education would be strongly recommended to consider this new course.
Our online Clinical Education programme takes advantage of our world-renowned expertise to enhance your abilities to teach and assess students in a clinical environment.
This is an ideal programme for those with an educational role in relation to healthcare professionals and veterinary practitioners, including doctors, nurses, dental practitioners, those involved with veterinary education or associated scientists (biomedical or social).
Our aim is to help you reflect upon, and share thoughts about, your practice, while increasing your understanding of how to apply educational theories and evidence from the literature. As a result you will learn the knowledge and skills you need to deliver, develop and research high-quality clinical education in your own discipline.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.
Our award-winning online learning technology is fully interactive and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
We host online open days where prospective students and applicants can meet some of the tutors and students, and experience the online tutorial rooms.
Please contact us for further information and dates of the next online open days.
There are three courses at the certificate stage and three at the diploma stage. This is followed by your thesis in the third year.
We deliver lectures and tutorials online and you will be expected to use self-directed learning, peer-discussion boards, tutorials, peer presentations and other similar e-learning activities to help engage with and get the most from the course materials.
Year 1: certificate
Year 2: diploma
One core course:
Choose 2 from the following electives:
Please note that elective courses will only run with a minimum of 10 students. You will be notified in advance if an alternative course choice is required.
Year 3: masters
A research report of approximately 15,000 words. You can choose to submit this as a paper for publication with a supporting commentary.
This programme has been designed to enhance your prospects as a teacher and instructor in human or animal health.
It promotes high quality clinical education by helping participants reflect-upon and share insights about their practice, to understand and apply educational theories and evidence from the literature, and to help participants develop a good solid foundation in clinical education and educational research upon which they can continue to build their own academic career.
This programme is applicable to doctors, dentists, physician associates, veterinary surgeons, academics, scientists and healthcare professionals who want to teach their skills and knowledge in the role of educator.
If you have an aptitude to teach the skills you practise within a clinical setting this programme of study may benefit you and your students. The programme is designed to help you to understand how to design and deliver teaching within the clinical setting and assess it as you become a clinical educator. Modules are designed to continue and build your knowledge and skills as a leading scholar. The programme is delivered by blended immersive learning and interactive seminars with online materials and video conferencing. You also learn with face to face sessions and written assessments.
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The Masters in Clinical Education provides a flexible framework in which to pursue and gain recognition for continuing professional development in aspects of learning and teaching. Provision is carefully tailored to the needs of health professionals, taking account of areas of health expertise, and is delivered in association with colleagues in health schools across King's College London.
This programme provides participants, who have clinical professional experience, with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate education relevant to their professional interests and requirements. The programme aims to provide a distinctive element by combining work-based opportunities with theoretical underpinning and, as a result, enabling participants to develop their own practice.
The Masters in Clinical Education is a flexible framework in which participants can pursue and gain recognition for continuing professional development in aspects of learning and teaching. Provision is carefully tailored to the need of health professionals, taking account of areas of health expertise and is delivered in association with colleagues in health schools across King's College London.
Each module is delivered using workshops and postgraduate seminars. In addition modules may include observation of teaching in practice. All modules will be assessed by means of a written assignment or dissertation.
Enhanced teaching role in the participant's own clinical environment.