Peninsula Medical School

MClinEd Clinical Education

Are you a doctor, dentist or other healthcare professional seeking to develop your role as a teacher, trainer, supervisor or mentor? This programme builds your confidence and competence and develops your research skills. Also available to study full-time over one year, or part-time over three years, you will be supported in applying new knowledge and skills to your current or future professional role.

On this programme, you collaborate with colleagues from a range of healthcare professions, sharing your experiences and advancing your knowledge of teaching, learning and assessment. Whichever pathway you choose, full- or part-time, assessments enable you to develop your educational practice and interests, whatever your individual context and role. Also available to study part-time online, or as a full-time programme for intercalating students.

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

  • Develop your understanding of clinical education and enhance your skills as a teacher.
  • Appropriate for healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds.
  • 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.
  • Available to study part-time online with a single induction day for orientation and meeting your peers.
  • Full-time version of this programme also available.
  • Interactive teaching with a strong focus on practice.
  • Aligned to Advance HE's Professional Standards Framework for national recognition of teaching excellence
  • Your MSc will be completed over the course of three years.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll complete two modules worth 30 credits each: Clinical Education Practice: Theory, Evidence and Application, and Contemporary 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

      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.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you will select two modules from our suite of postgraduate programmes. Please note that if you intend to ‘top up’ your diploma to a masters qualification, you will be required to undertake PDD721 Project Design, Development and Knowledge Transfer from the list below, as this will help to prepare you for your dissertation.

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

    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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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

      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.

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 4611

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

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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

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 2020 2021
Home/EU £3,150 To be confirmed
International £6,525 To be confirmed

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.

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
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 Professor Hilary Neve

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

“As a medical educator and practising GP, I am passionate about the quality of teaching and learning, as well as opportunities for clinical colleagues to develop themselves and their careers.

This programme is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of healthcare professionals and offers great variety in terms of teaching methods, authentic assessments and approaches to advanced study.

You’ll be supported by an experienced team of tutors, and inspired by speakers who are leaders in their field. We look forward to working with you.”

Meet Dr Sally Hanks

Associate Head of the Dental School and a Principal Fellow of AdvanceHE

“I am responsible for the quality of teaching and learning across our suite of dental programmes. We recognise that being a first class clinician does not automatically mean one is a great teacher, so studying for the certificate, diploma or masters in clinical education is an excellent step in the right direction.

Any clinician across the health and care professions wanting to get more involved in education would do well to enrol on this programme under the support and guidance of experienced and exceptional educators. Covering a wide range of topics and approaches, you will be supported to become the best educator you can be and fully empowered to help others reach their true potential.”

MClinEd Clinical Education alumni

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

Did you know that medical students can undertake the MClinEd as an intercalated masters programme?

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!
Learn more about MClinEd Clinical Education graduate 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.
Read Anitha's story

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019

  • @ Provided an excellent grounding in the theories and contemporary research into clinical education
  • @ Thought provoking discussions; enthusiastic and dedicated tutors
  • @ The teaching staff and their teaching techniques were excellent. They were second to none in their abilities to teach and get the best out of a mixed class
  • @ So far the course has exceeded my expectations. The teaching is engaging and interactive... there is an excellent balance between the face-to-face sessions, homework and work on the digital learning environment

Career opportunities

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

Maximise your impact by educating others and build your confidence as a learner and as a teacher. Graduate with formal recognition of your teaching skills to build a portfolio career that may include engaging in education scholarship and research, and leading change through education development.

You will gain the necessary evidence to apply for membership of The Academy of Medical Educators which will support appraisal and GMC recognition. Additionally, recognition by The Higher Education Academy for Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) supports you with contracts in Higher Education.


  • 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