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Course content

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.

About this degree

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 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.

Optional modules

There are no core modules for this programme.

  • Contemporary Issues in Clinical Education

Optional modules

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.

  • 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

Dissertation/report

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

Careers

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

  • Clinical Improvement Project Manager, British Medical Journal
  • Consultant Psychiatrist, North East London NHS Trust
  • Consultant Surgeon, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Registrar (Cardiology), Barts Health NHS Trust

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.

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, including the world-renowned Institute of Education (IOE), from the NHS and from policy-makers such as Health Education England.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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.


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

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