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Course content

Programme description

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.

Online learning

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.

Programme structure

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

Courses include:

  • Principles of Teaching and Learning
  • Assessment, Examinations and Standard Setting
  • The Curriculum

Year 2: diploma

One core course:

  • Research in Clinical Education

Choose 2 from the following electives:

  • Appraising and Developing the Individual
  • Policy, Leadership, Management and Evaluation
  • Quantitative Research in Clinical Education
  • Current Issues in Clinical Education

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.

Career opportunities

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.


Visit the Clinical Education (Online Distance Learning) - MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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