Course Comparison

Course MSc Clinical Sciences PgCert Clinical Education
Award Master of Science - MSc Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert
Duration 1 year 1 year
Assessment breakdown - -
Course type Blended learning Part-time
Placement - -
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider Peninsula Medical School Peninsula Medical School
Entry requirements

The MSc Clinical Sciences programme is a Stage 3 progression route for students who have successfully completed any one of the following postgraduate diploma programmes from Rila Institute of Health Sciences:

  • Postgraduate Diploma Acute Medicine
  • Postgraduate Diploma Cardiology
  • Postgraduate Diploma Dermatology
  • Postgraduate Diploma Diabetes
  • Postgraduate Diploma ENT 
  • Postgraduate Diploma Family Medicine 
  • Postgraduate Diploma Geriatric Medicine
  • Postgraduate Diploma Minor Surgery
  • Postgraduate Diploma Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Postgraduate Diploma Ophthalmology
  • Postgraduate Diploma Urology

The MSc Clinical Sciences programme is also open to applications from students who have successfully completed 120 M-level credits from a relevant Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Studies (or similar) from another external institution via the traditional APCL/APEL route.
Students are required to produce evidence of English language ability. If English is not the first language, an English Language qualification such as IELTS of 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in any band will be required. Equivalent qualifications can be accepted. Equivalencies are detailed on our international students English language requirements page.

Students having a UK degree or having lived in the UK for some years may still be required to take IELTS to demonstrate achievement of the required standard. In addition, in order to ensure an ability to meet the academic requirements of the programme, students may be asked to complete a piece of academic writing as part of the admissions process.

Applicants who have a successful Postgraduate Diploma from our partner 'Rila Institute of Health Sciences', do not require specific evidence for their English language abilities. Diploma certificates from RILA will be used as evidence in such applications. In the application form, applicants who have obtained a RILA diploma need to select 'No' for the 'Is English your first language' question and then select 'other'. In the adjoining text box type 'RILA' and attach your RILA diploma certificate.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Normally a recognised first degree or equivalent will be required. Experience acquired through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of your ability to succeed in the programme may also be considered, in line with QAA guidance. It is essential that within your professional role 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 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 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.

Accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) and accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) refer to the process by which previous formal certificated learning and informal non-certificated learning can be awarded credit towards modules within the sphere of Higher Education. Credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential, may count towards the requirements for the named award. The maximum amount of credit for prior learning (certificated or experiential) claimed towards the award is 120 credits.  To qualify for the award of a masters degree, your dissertation must be completed at the University of Plymouth. If you are seeking credit (whether certificated or experiential), you will normally be required to apply for such credit on receipt of an offer of a place on the programme. Requests for APCL if you are already on a programme will be considered, provided that you submit the request in the session before you would normally begin the module/stage for which you are seeking credit. In the case of requests for APEL, this would be at least six months prior to the beginning of the session before you would normally begin the module(s)/stage against which you are seeking credit.

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).

We welcome 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.

British Association of Oral Surgeons (BAOS)

We are delighted to announce that the Peninsula School of Medicine at the University of Plymouth is now collaborating with the British Association of Oral Surgeons (BAOS) to provide a natural progression route onto the PgCert Clinical Education. This exciting development enables students who have completed the BAOS Teaching and Learning Course to apply to progress onto the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) stage of the programme with a reduced pattern of attendance and the completion of assessed coursework in order to obtain 30 M-level credits towards the Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.