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Clinical Education - MA/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

The inter-professional MA 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.

Degree information

This programme enables participants to develop their research and analytical capabilities in order to:
-Develop their practice as educational supervisors and mentors.
-Develop their skills and practice as clinical education teachers.
-Critically analyse theory policy and practice in clinical education.
-Conduct research in clinical education.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), either a dissertation (60 credits), or a report (30 credits), and either three or four optional modules.

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising of eight core modules (120 credits) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate comprising of four core modules (60 credits) is offered.

Core modules
-Contemporary Issues in Clinical Education

Optional modules
-Clinical and Educational Supervision
-Education for the Healthcare Professions
-Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
-Introduction to Assessment
-Introduction to Clinical Simulation
-Leadership Skills for the Healthcare Professional
-Learning and Teaching of Adults
-Qualitative Research Methods for Clinical and Professional Education
-Quality Improvement in Health Care
-Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice
-Teaching and Learning in Medical Education
-Teaching Ethics and Law in Clinical Education
-Technology and Education Beyond the Classroom
-Understanding Education Research
-Understanding Research
-Writing a Research Proposal for Clinical Education

All MA students submit either a 20,000-word dissertation or a 10,000-word report.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face evening and daytime sessions and workshops and online distance learning. Assessment is by coursework assignments, including 5,000-word essays with reflective statements.


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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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, from the NHS and from policy makers such as Health Education England.

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

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a relevant second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard and relevant professional experience of health care education and training.

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