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. This distance learning course runs part time over three years, with a full time MClinEd course available on the face-to-face pathway. Over the course you will be supported in applying new knowledge and skills to your current or future professional role.

Clinical education is well established at the University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Supported by experienced tutors via webinars, individual and group tutorials and interactive online materials, you will 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. The MClinEd Clinical Education is also available as a face-to-face programme delivered in Plymouth.

Applications for 2023 entry

The programme is now accepting applications for 2023 delivery. 
Please note this programme is now closed for international applications. 
The closing date for home applications is end of August 2023. 
Please contact for further information.
Medical students using the Anatomage table clinical

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.
  •  Be supported online with a range of learning resources, webinars and individual and group tutorials. 
  • Campus based, face-to-face version of this programme also available to study full or part-time
  • Established and popular programme for intercalating medical and dental students.
  • Limited places available – you may be interviewed as part of the applications process.
  • 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 will complete three modules worth 20 credits each: Principles of Learning and Teaching in Clinical Education; Assessment, Feedback and Evaluation Principles and Practices; and Current 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

    • Principles of Learning and Teaching in Clinical Education (CLE711DL)

      This module will develop your knowledge and skills as a clinical educator, exploring theories of learning as well as practical aspects of session planning, strategies for interactive learning and reflective practice. A key aspect of the module will be the opportunity to practise and reflect on teaching skills, and to gain feedback from learners and peers.

    • Assessment, Feedback and Evaluation: Principles and Practices (CLE712DL)

      In this module we explore principles and practices of assessment, feedback and evaluation currently employed in clinical contexts. Drawing on your own experiences and supported with research evidence, you will evaluate a range of approaches. You will also actively participate in peer assessment and feedback activities.

    • Contemporary Issues in Clinical Education (CLE713DL)

      This module will explore current issues, drivers and challenges in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing clinical education, and will draw widely on contemporary educational research and scholarship. You will be encouraged to reflect on your role as a clinical educator, and to investigate the impact of culture and policy on your practice.

  • Year 2

  • In your second year, you will complete another three modules from our suite of postgraduate programmes. The standard pathway is listed below, but there is also an opportunity to pick up a module from our Global Health Programme or our Leadership and Management Programme.* If you wish to progress to the Masters dissertation you must complete ‘Research Methods in Healthcare’. 
    *All modules are subject to availability 

    Core modules

    • Research Methods in Healthcare (CLE721DL)

      This module aims to provide the students with increased understanding and knowledge of the research methods and statistics, to enable them to critically evaluate, synthesise and reflect on research evidence, to practice. Students will be introduced to a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods, primary and secondary research methods, equipping them with a basic understanding of the underlying principles of quantitative and qualitative research.

    • Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning (CLE722DL)

      This is a completely online module and provides students with a broad overview of educational technologies and their associated pedagogical affordances. Participants will learn about a comprehensive range of educational technologies and will also critique their relevance to practice. Students are expected to engage with the online content and keep a reflective journal on the development process for the duration of the module.

    • Design and Development of HealthCare Education (CLE723DL)

      In this module, we explore design and development of HealthCare Education in a range of settings. You will critically engage with the scholarly literature related to curriculum development, and plan a scheme of work related to your educator role.

  • Final year

  • In your final year you will complete a 20 credit module in research design and development and a dissertation worth 40 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

    • Research Design and Development (CLE731DL)

      This module provides an introduction to the research design, development and knowledge transfer process. You will be supported in generating a research idea and developing it into a coherent and achievable research proposal for a Masters dissertation.

    • Research Project Dissertation (CLE732DL)

      This module is the dissertation associated with the Masters programmes (ClinEd, HMLI, GRH, HIPS) 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 Clinical Education Programme Specifications 7281

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 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each category (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) will be required. Students with a first degree from the UK may still be required to take IELTS.
  • Please visit our entry requirements for international students page for more information.
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.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

A full MSc represents 180 credits.
Student Fee per 180 credits 2023–24 Fee per 180 credits 2024–25
Home £9,900 £11,000
International £19,000 £19,800
Part time (Home) £1,100 per 20 credit module £1,220 per 20 credit module

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 1752 437333
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.”

Hilary Neve

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.”

Sally Hanks

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.
Aled Picton
Elliot Catchpole

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!
Elliot talks to us about placements, completing an intercalated year, and working for the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Anitha Rego, PgCert Clinical Education

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.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019

Research-informed teaching

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.
Clinical Education career opportunities