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Medical and Clinical Education - MSc/PGDip/PGCert


Course Description

We understand that you may not have the time to do a full-time degree, so our CPD pathways allow you to study flexibly, in the way that best suits you. The structure, mode of delivery and level of support allow you to progress towards a qualification at postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters level.

Medical and Clinical Education (MaCE) was developed in response to requests from local GPs, nurses and allied health professionals. The desire of these practitioners to develop their teaching and assessing skills, and to pursue an accredited programme, reflects the increasing recognition of the value of work-based learning in professional education.

The programme provides you with a systematic and critical understanding of the key concepts underlying learning, teaching and assessing in the medical and clinical practice environment. It enables health care professionals to acquire advanced skills in teaching and assessing students in a medical and clinical practice context.

This is a modularised pathway and you can choose to study part-time between two and five years. Teaching contributions are drawn from expertise across the University’s academic departments and many modules are supported by Moodle, our online learning environment.

This course will:
-Enable you to apply your understanding of educational, legal and ethical frameworks and healthcare policy to enable others to learn and enhance their own professional practice, thereby being a positive role model for your students
-Help you engage in quality enhancement and improve students’ learning experiences.
-Ensure you acquire a range of transferable employment-related skills, most importantly, independent learning skills for continuing professional development
-Create flexible, inter-professional learning pathways to develop educators for the clinical professions

Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies

We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.

We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard, and as such we expect that anyone who cares for others will aspire to uphold these values.

For us, involving not only our students, but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.

This course can also be taken as a PGDip or PGCert - please view the relevant web-page for more information:

PGCert - http://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/details.aspx?mastercourse=PG01008&subgroup=3

PGDip - http://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/details.aspx?mastercourse=PG01008&subgroup=2

Our expert staff

With us, you benefit from the expertise of staff from a wide range of clinical and academic backgrounds. This means that you gain a well-rounded education that is research-led and clinically relevant. Where we feel you will benefit, we bring in additional specialists direct from the field.

Specialist facilities

The School of Health and Human Sciences is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building on the Colchester campus and in the Gateway Building on the Southend campus.

As one of our CPD students, you may be taking modules at either campus or online to suit your needs, which means that you can access facilities across both campuses as required.

Example structure

-Accredited Prior Learning (15 Credits Level7) (optional)
-Accredited Prior Learning (30 Credits, Level 5) Version 2 (optional)
-Accredited Prior Learning (30 Credits, Level 7) (optional)
-Research Design and Critical Appraisal (optional)
-Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (optional)
-Statistical Analysis (optional)
-Postgraduate Research Methods (optional)
-Learning, Teaching and Assessment
-Learning Organisations and Quality Enhancement (optional)
-Course Design and Development (optional)
-Dissertation
-Accredited Prior Learning (15 Credits, Level 7) (optional)
-Using Technology to Enhance Learning in Practice (optional)
-Using Reflective Practice (optional)

Visit the Medical and Clinical Education - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Essex website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Kate Simpson

“I decided to study at the University of Essex because of the postgraduate course offered by the School of Health and Human Sciences, and because the University’s location enabled me to stay living at home, which made further study a financially viable option.

I chose to study MSc Speech and Language Therapy because my undergraduate degree in English Language created an interest in language, while my later work experience further fuelled my interest in communication, speech and language therapy.

I particularly enjoy the flexibility of my course content, and staff within the School of Health and Human Sciences are very approachable so that, for example, if we feel we need more study on a particular area for example we can ask for it. The support from all my tutors has been amazing.

After I finish my studies at the University of Essex, I plan to work as a speech and language therapist. My course has an excellent reputation so I am already applying for posts in this area.”

(Student Profile)

Susan McGill

"Studying to be an occupational therapist was, in some ways, the most difficult but easiest decision I ever made! At 42 years of age with a well paid job and a young children, giving up our family security unnecessarily seemed rather risky. However, I knew something had to change if I was to be passionate about my job. I was employed in customer-focused/business roles and knew that working with people was a motivating factor for me. However, as I climbed into managerial responsibilities, I discovered I was getting further from the actual customer and more dissatisfied with each role I took.

Once my children were in full-time school, so money and time were less scarce, I began to research a career change. I saw a life coach, spoke to friends and family, and conducted extensive research through the internet. I knew I needed to work with people and do something purposeful, that made a difference.

I gradually narrowed my search and came up with occupational therapy - it met all my requirements and then some! I have always been 'a do-er', trying out many different life experiences, and I believe passionately in the sense of purpose and zest for life that occupation can bring. Learning that the central philosophy in occupational therapy mirrored this, and that such a career met all my motivating drivers, was an epiphany!

It is early days on my course at Essex but I'm enjoying every minute of it. I thought it would be tough going into the world of academia and on to an accelerated Masters course but I have not doubted my decision for one second. In fact, as I learn more about the profession, it feels that where I am now is a culmination of everything I've done before and I know I have made the right choice."


(Scholarship)

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre scholarships - 16 Awards

For 2011-12, our ESRC Doctoral Training Centre will offer 16-fully funded ESRC studentships, most worth £18,000 per year, across over 20 doctoral pathways. The University of Essex has become one of only 21 Doctoral Training Centres accredited by the UK Economic and Social Research Council following a highly competitive selection process. Our Doctoral Training Centre will fund 16 doctoral students each year across many different social science disciplines. It also offers excellent training opportunities and a highly stimulating research environment to hundreds of postgraduate students, researchers, professionals, practitioners and users.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £18,000

Eligibility

We encourage applications from top students seeking to research over a range of social science areas, including: criminology and socio-legal research; economic and social research; economics and econometrics; environmental governance; finance; health and organisational research; human rights; language and linguistics; management and accounting; politics and international relations; political economy; psychoanalytic studies; sociology and social change.

Application Procedure

For more information, please visit our website: http://www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance/pg/government_support/esrc.aspx

Further Information

http://www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance/pg/government_support/esrc.aspx



Entry Requirements

Current registration with a relevant professional regulatory body. A relevant first degree, or equivalent e.g. professional experience. Current involvement in teaching and assessing in practice, plus 3 years healthcare experience. Applicants wishing to achieve NMC Practice Teacher or Teacher qualifications must supply on application: a statement of support from their service manager;the name of the practice teacher or teacher that will be supporting their practice learning; and evidence of completion of a mentor preparation programme or equivalent. We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email for further details.

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