Peninsula Medical School

MClinEd Clinical Education

Do you have a teaching or training aspect to your role, or actively support learning in other ways? Are you interested in building your knowledge and skills in education? This masters programme will support your professional development, and kick start your journey as a clinical educator.

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.

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First choice for health

Delivered by professional experts, our programmes are tailored to you and your career. Together, we address today's most challenging healthcare issues, through research-informed teaching and active, real-world learning.


Key features

  • Your MSc will be completed over the course of one year.
  • Develop your understanding of clinical education and enhance your skills as a teacher.
  • Accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).
  • Equip yourself with the skills to plan and conduct a full masters dissertation.
  • Benefit from a collaborative learning environment with face-to-face study days, blended learning materials and one-to-one tutorial support.
  • Established and popular programme for intercalating medical and dental students.
  • Limited places available – you may be interviewed as part of the applications process. 
  • Part time version of this programme also available. You can choose either a face-to-face or online learning pathway.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • In this programme, you’ll advance your knowledge and experience of teaching, learning and assessment, as well as develop an understanding of evidence-based approaches in clinical education. Throughout the programme, which incorporates four modules and a dissertation, you will collaborate with colleagues from a wide range of healthcare professions.

    Your dissertation will 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.

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

    Core modules
    • CLI713 Clinical Education Practice: Theory, Evidence and Application

      This module will help you to develop your knowledge and skills as a clinical educator, exploring theories of learning as well as session planning, teaching methods, assessment, feedback and evaluation, with reference to the education literature base. You will be supported in developing your teaching skills and in reflecting on your practice, gaining feedback from tutors and peers whilst also considering your role, values and priorities for continuing professional development.

    • CLI714 Contemporary Issues in Clinical Education

      In this module we will explore current issues, drivers and challenges in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing clinical education, drawing widely on contemporary research and scholarship. You will be encouraged to reflect on your role as a clinical educator, including professional standards and values and your continuing professional development needs, and to investigate the impact of culture and policy on practice.

    • DIS731 Dissertation

      This module is the dissertation associated with the Masters programme and is designed to enable students to produce a project dissertation under supervision, and to demonstrate project design, development, evaluation and synthesis skills.

    • PDD721 Project Design, Development and Knowledge Transfer

      This module will provide students with the knowledge and skills associated with the project design, development and knowledge transfer process. Students will gain practical experience of multi-disciplinary team working through problem identification and problem solving to encourage innovation and creativity in project design, development and knowledge transfer.

    Optional modules
    • HML712 Organisation Development and Culture

      This module complements the Foundation and Advanced Management and Leadership modules, and comprises an in-depth study of organisations into the 21st century with a focus on health and care. Critical study of the structure, values and cultures of organisations will be incorporated along with theory from established and contemporary OD literature. This module can stand-alone and is suitable for CPD purposes.

    • SIM711 Simulation and Enhanced Learning

      An in-depth exploration of the range of simulation-based learning modalities that can improve patient safety and quality of care through Enhanced Learning. This module will incorporate critical study of the underpinning theory from education and expert practice, change management and innovation.

    • SIM715 Human Factors in Healthcare

      The science of human factors has long been employed in industry to develop safer, efficient and more productive work models. This module focuses on the physical and psychological links between organisations, employees and their work environment and how the concept of human factors influences the way that we work in healthcare. The use of simulation for training and assessment of human factors will be integral to the module.

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.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MClinEd PgCert Clinical Education programme specification 19 20 4633

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

It is essential that during the programme you have opportunities to teach in order to be able to complete some of the assignments.

If your first language is not English you will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7 or above with no less than 7.0 in each category (speaking, listening, reading, & writing) will be required. Students with a first degree from the UK may still be required to take IELTS.

The University of Plymouth is committed to providing equality for all irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity (including race, colour and nationality), gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and will work to ensure that all students, employees and visitors, as well as those who apply or seek to apply to work or study at the University, are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination by the University on any of these grounds (University Equality and Diversity Policy, Revised April 2011).

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry welcomes applications from people with disabilities who will be considered on the same academic grounds as other potential students. Considerations about individual needs arising from disability will be made separately, and we will strive to meet an individual disabled student's needs wherever possible and in consultation with Disability Services.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

All fees are published per 60 credits. A full MSc represents 180 credits.

New student 2019 2020
Home/EU £3,150 £3,150
International £6,525 £6,525

Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

Make sure you meet the entry requirements for this programme.

Before you apply

Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:
  • Evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • Personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in this course and outlining the nature of previous and current teaching experience. You can write this into the online application form, or send it as a separate attachment.
  • Two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course
  • Two passport photographs
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

When to apply

Applications for postgraduate programmes of study can usually be made throughout the year. When applying for a taught postgraduate programme, please check for any submission deadlines with the Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team (contact details below). For full-time programmes, you may be invited for interview.

Check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Please note that the deadline for those wishing to apply for this programme as an intercalating masters student, is 31 March during the year of entry.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

Once you have registered and logged in, please enter the ‘course code’ which can be found above into the search bar to begin your application.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced in our online admissions policy for taught programmes. Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

What happens after I apply?

For more information contact the Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

University of Plymouth

Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences
The John Bull Building
Research Way
Plymouth Science Park

Tel: +44 (0)1752 437333
Fax: +44 (0)1752 517842

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Doctoral College is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by the University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

Meet Nick Cooper

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

"As a medical educator and practising GP, I was instrumental in developing this programme and continue to be involved as a tutor and contributor. The programme is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of healthcare professionals and continually evolves in response to the fast-changing environment of clinical practice as well as feedback from our participants. We look forward to working with you."

Aled Picton – MClinEd Clinical Education graduate

Studying the MClinEd programme provided an excellent grounding in the principles of teaching and learning. I learned how to reflect on and appraise teaching practice. I also learned valuable research and academic writing skills.

Aled now works at the University of Birmingham Medical School as a Central Education Fellow.

Learn more about Aled Picton

Elliot Catchpole – MClinEd Clinical Education graduate

If you are interested in pursuing a career in education, or want to do the academic foundation programme, then definitely consider doing the MClinEd as an intercalated degree!

Elliot talks to us about placements, completing an intercalated year, and working for the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Learn more about Elliot Catchpole

An inspiring mentor in clinical education

The postgraduate programme at Plymouth opened my mind to the wider perspective of teaching in higher education. It has helped me develop my confidence and provided me with strategies for small group teaching.

Discover how Anitha’s experience studying Clinical Education at Plymouth has motivated her to reach new levels in teaching.

Read Anitha's story

Career opportunities

This programme will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills for multiple roles within the clinical educational environment.

Additionally, recognition by The Higher Education Academy supports you with contracts in Higher Education.

Find out more about your possible future career prospects


  • Lecturer in Postgraduate Education
    Programme Lead Clinical Education, Senior Fellow Advance-HE
  • Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Postgraduate Education
    Programme Lead Clinical Education (Distance Learning)
  • Associate Professor of Digital Health & Education and Head of Digital Education
    Associate Head of School Medicine (PGT) Director of Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Lecturer in Clinical Education
  • Lecturer in Postgraduate Education