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Clinical and Professional Education - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This exciting interprofessional programme has been designed by UCL Medical School to meet the needs of practitioners of all disciplines involved in the education and training of medical, nursing and other healthcare staff.

Degree information

By participating in this modular programme participants will be able to select the most relevant topics for their clinical and professional environment that will enhance their future teaching practices.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The MSc comprises two core and up to six optional modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits). Students can study part time (up to three years) or flexibly (up to five years).

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising of two core modules and up to six elective modules (120 credits, part-time two years, flexible up to five years) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate comprising one core and three optional modules (60 credits) is offered.

Core modules
-PG Certificate Year - Teaching and Learning in Medical Education (15 credits)
-PG Diploma Year - Writing a Research Proposal for Clinical and Professional Education (15 credits)

Optional modules
-Introduction to Assessment (15 credits)
-Leadership Skills for the Healthcare Professional (15 credits)
-Quality Improvement in Healthcare (15 credits)
-Qualitative Research Methods for Clinical and Professional Education (15 credits)
-Education for the Health Professions (15 credits)
-Teaching Ethics and Law in Clinical Education (15 credits)
-Introduction to Clinical Simulation (15 credits)
-Clinical and Educational Supervision (30 credits)
-Learning and Teaching for Adults (30 credits)
-Contemporary Issues in Clinical Education (30 credits)

All MSc students undertake an individual research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered through a combination of methods with some blended learning, some distance learning and some face-to-face. Modules use a range of interactive online methods through a virtual learning environment to enable students to learn in a virtual, collaborative environment. Assessment is through coursework.


Whilst many practitioners will continue to practise in their own health and related professions, this award carries with it the opportunity to develop a more formal role in undergraduate or postgraduate clinical and professional education.

Launched in 2015/16, this is a new programme for UCL Medical School. However, our taught Master's-level programme, Medical Education, has helped graduates to attain high-level posts as NHS consultants or academics in the university setting. We anticipate that this programme will have similar outcomes and enable graduates to secure educational posts in their own profession and specialties.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Medical School co-ordinates developments in medical teaching and education and addresses curriculum development, academic standards, the assessment process, ethics and law, clinical and generic skills acquisition and research in medical and clinical education.

Our programmes enable participants to gain greater knowledge of teaching and learning processes, develop practical skills and techniques, and gain a deeper understanding of the evidence and theory underpinning current thinking and practice in clinical and professional education.

Given the interprofessional nature of this programme you will have the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals keen to enhance the teaching and learning of clinical and professional education across medical, nursing and allied health professions.

Visit the Clinical and Professional Education - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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Dr Irene Gafson

"The curriculum has been very well designed to Support the distance learner. Despite my clinical commitments, I have found it easy to engage in virtual discussions and seminars. The dissertations allow you to expand your knowledge in areas that specifically interest you which means that they feel relevant to you. I particularly enjoyed building on my academic knowledge to support my delivery of medical education."


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and relevant professional experience in a clinical or educational setting.

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