Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine

PgDip Clinical Education

Explore your role as an educational scholar and teacher working in clinical practice. This two year postgraduate diploma programme is designed to meet your needs if you are a doctor, dentist or healthcare professional. Develop and apply analytical and research skills to investigate and evaluate clinical educational provisions. Successfully complete this award and be primed to start a role as an educational manager, or choose to progress onto a third year of study towards a full masters degree.

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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 postgraduate diploma programme will be delivered on a part-time basis over two years. The programme will include the completion of four modules including clinical educational practice: theory, evidence and application, current issues in clinical education and a choice of two further modules, totalling 120 credits.

  • On successful completion of this postgraduate diploma award you may choose to progress onto a third year of study and complete a dissertation to be awarded a full masters degree.

  • Prepare for a role as an educational manager, leader and scholar through the development and application of advanced analytical and research skills to investigate and evaluate clinical educational provision.

  • 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.

  • Be supported by a blended learning approach with face-to-face sessions and interactive materials, electronic learning environments and tutorial support.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll complete two modules worth 30 credits each: clinical educational practice: theory, evidence and application, 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.

    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.

    • 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 will select two modules from our suite of postgraduate programmes. If you intend to 'top up' your diploma to a masters qualification, you will be required to undertake one module that prepares you for your project and dissertation, project design, development and knowledge transfer.

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

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 Prog Spec PT June 2016 final 4610

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. 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 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.

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
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 60 credits. 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.

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

Did you know that you can undertake the Masters in Clinical Education as a full-time 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 and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Learn more about MClinEd Clinical Education graduate 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

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