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Are you a doctor, dentist or other healthcare professional wishing to develop your role as a teacher, trainer, clinical or educational supervisor? This masters programme will support your professional development as an educator, and provide you with the skills to research a chosen area of interest.

Supported by a blended learning approach including face-to-face sessions and interactive materials, you’ll be equipped with the skills to plan and conduct your dissertation, and be primed to confidently transfer your knowledge into your current or future professional role. The MClinEd Clinical Education is also available as a full-time programme.

Key features

-Your learning journey – this masters programme will be delivered on a part-time basis over three years. The programme will include the completion of four modules and a dissertation, totalling 180 credits.
-Alternatively, choose to study full time – this is particularly suitable if you are undertaking an intercalated degree from medicine or dentistry. Taught modules will be delivered in the autumn and spring terms. You’ll be supported by a PUPSMD staff member and can attend seminars of the medical education research group CAMERA.
-Improve your clinical skills – this programme is designed to develop your knowledge and abilities as a teacher, trainer, educational scholar, leader and manager, and is appropriate if you are a doctor, dentist or a healthcare professional working primarily in a clinical environment.
-Benefit from a programme accredited by both The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME). These bodies uphold national standards for educators, and confer professional recognition of teaching excellence.
-Four places for intercalating medical and dental students are available on this masters programme and you’ll normally be interviewed prior to acceptance. Interviews will take place in December prior to starting the following academic year.
-The postgraduate certificate, diploma and masters in Clinical Education are all offered as end point qualifications, and assignments are designed to reflect your educational role within your clinical background. The certificate stage focuses on applying educational theory to clinical educational practice, and exploring contemporary issues in assessment, while the diploma will help you explore a role as an educational scholar and leader.
-Equip yourself with the skills to plan and conduct a full masters dissertation.
-Be supported by a blended learning approach with face-to-face sessions and interactive materials, electronic learning environments and tutorial support.

Course details

Year 1
In your first year, you’ll complete two modules worth 30 credits each: clinical educational practice: theory, evidence and application, and current issues in clinical education. You’ll advance your knowledge, understanding and experience of teaching, learning and assessment in clinical education and collaborate with colleagues from a wide range of healthcare professions.

Core modules
-CLI713 Clinical Education Practice: Theory, Evidence and Application
-CLI714 Contemporary Issues in Clinical Education

Year 2
In your second year, you will select two modules from our suite of postgraduate programmes. If you intend to ‘top up’ your diploma to a masters qualification, you will be required to undertake one module that prepares you for your project and dissertation, project design, development and knowledge transfer.

Please note: there may be limited availability of places on some modules.

Optional modules
-PDD721 Project Design, Development and Knowledge Transfer
-CLI712 Assessment in Clinical Education
-SIM711 Simulation and Enhanced Learning

Final year
In your final year, you’ll complete a dissertation module worth 60 credits. You’ll showcase your ability to design, conduct and write up a project on a topic associated with the masters programme. You’ll demonstrate self-direction, originality and an ability to act independently in the planning and implementation of project skills at an advanced professional level. You’ll have to successfully accumulate a minimum of 180 credits to be awarded a masters degree.

Core modules
-DIS731 Dissertation

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

Visit the Clinical Education - MClinEd/PGDip/PGCert page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

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