Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine

MClinEd Clinical Education

Are you a doctor, dentist, other healthcare professional, or medical student wishing to intercalate? This masters programme will support your professional development as an educator, and provide you with the skills to research a chosen area of interest.

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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Enhance your career in the healthcare professions

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • Your learning journey – this full time masters programme is particularly suitable if you are undertaking an intercalated degree from medicine or dentistry. Taught modules will be delivered in the autumn and spring terms. You’ll be supported by a PUPSMD staff member and can attend seminars of the medical education research group CAMERA.
  • Improve your clinical skills – this programme is designed to develop your knowledge and abilities as a teacher, trainer, educational scholar, leader and manager, and is appropriate if you are a doctor, dentist or a healthcare professional working primarily in a clinical environment.
  • Benefit from a programme accredited by both  The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME). These bodies uphold national standards for educators, and confer professional recognition of teaching excellence.
  • Four places for intercalating medical and dental students are available on this masters programme and you’ll normally be interviewed prior to acceptance. Interviews will take place in December prior to starting the following academic year.
  • The postgraduate certificate, diploma and masters in Clinical Education are all offered as end point qualifications, and assignments are designed to reflect your educational role within your clinical background. The certificate stage focuses on applying educational theory to clinical educational practice, and exploring contemporary issues in assessment, while the diploma will help you explore a role as an educational scholar and leader.
  • Equip yourself with the skills to plan and conduct a full masters dissertation.
  • Be supported by a blended learning approach with face-to-face sessions and interactive materials, electronic learning environments and tutorial support.
  • Choose to study full-time – this is particularly suitable if you are undertaking an intercalated degree from medicine or dentistry. Taught modules will be delivered in the autumn and spring terms, and your MSc will be completed over the course of one year.
  • Join the programme if you're an intercalating medical student and have successfully completed your fourth year, or have already completed an undergraduate course.

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 develop your knowledge and skills as a clinical educator, exploring theories of learning as well as the practical aspects of planning to teach, teaching methods, giving feedback, reflection in practice and ways to evaluate your teaching. A key aspect of the module will be the opportunity to practise and reflect on teaching skills within a friendly and supportive environment and to gain feedback from tutors and peers.

    • 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
    • CLI712 Assessment in Clinical Education

      This module is designed to advance knowledge and understanding of evidence based approaches in healthcare assessment theory and practice. This is to support practitioner personal development in assessment innovation, implementation and engagement.

    • 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.

    • 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:

Masters Clin Ed FT Prog Spec June 2016 final 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

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 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. To check your requirements for IELTS and PTE Academic, please visit our entry requirements for international students page.

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 Plymouth University. 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.

Plymouth University 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).

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools 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.

Please note that the deadline for those wishing to apply for this programme as an intercalating masters student starting in September 2018, is 28 February 2018.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU To be confirmed To be confirmed
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £2,640 £3,150
Part time (International) £5,370 £6,300
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 60 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

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:

  • As well as outlining the reasons why the programme is of interest to you, and any previous experience of teaching, mentoring or other education-based activity you’ve undertaken, please confirm that you are aware of the need to be actively engaged in teaching whilst on the programme and how you expect to achieve this
  • Evidence of qualifications (certificates or transcripts) to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language
  • Two references
  • Two passport photographs
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé, if required
  • 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 Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of 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.

Apply for this course

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

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 Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team.

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

Plymouth University

Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
The John Bull Building
Research Way
Plymouth Science Park
Plymouth
PL6 8BU

Tel: +44 (0)1752 437333
Fax: +44 (0)1752 517842
meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

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 Plymouth University, 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

Research-informed teaching

Research is an integral part of the academic environment of the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. It informs the development, content and delivery of all our academic work including undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Find out more about the benefits of our research-informed teaching

Intercalated degrees at PU PSMD

Visit our faculty intercalation page - intercalated degrees with the Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry - to find out more about our wide range of masters and undergraduate intercalation opportunities.

Take a year out from your core degree to obtain a further qualification at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Find out more about intercalated degrees

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