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Clinical Education MA

Join a multi-professional programme for doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals that systematically and creatively analyses the complexities of clinical education through active and reflective learning.

Currently closed to applications.


Course length: 2-5 years part-time
Start dates: February 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Health and Social CareMedicine
Faculty: Health, Social Care and Medicine
Department: Health, Social Care and Medicine

The MA in Clinical Education offers a supportive and challenging learning environment in which clinical educators can critically review and develop both theoretical perspectives and practical skills in the facilitation of learning and assessment. You will systematically and creatively analyse the complexities of clinical education, based on active and reflective learning from your own experiences in practice.

The programme will be run on a multi-professional basis, allowing practitioners such as medical doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals to share their knowledge, experience and skills in teaching and supporting learning and the assessment or evaluation of teaching. You will improve your teaching skills and develop a critical understanding of how individuals learn in a clinical environment.

What you'll study

To exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education, you need to complete a core module in Research and Clinical Education (20 credits) then two further 20-credit modules from a choice of optional modules.

The optional modules are designed to allow you to explore different aspects of clinical education which are relevant to your role.

For the award of MA Clinical Education, you will need to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education and write a dissertation that can include the preparation of a paper suitable for publication.

Compulsory modules:

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Clinical Education Dissertation
Research and Clinical Education

Two of:

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Assessing Learning and Evaluating Teaching
Delivering Teaching and Facilitating Learning Opportunities
Educational Leadership in Health Settings
Educational Supervision in the Clinical Context
E-learning in Clinical Education
Improving Practice in Clinical Education
Inclusivity in Clinical Education
Managing and Developing Medical Education
Medical Leadership
Mentoring and Coaching in Clinical Education
Negotiated Learning Shell 7.20
Promoting Professionalism and Ethics in Multidisciplinary Practice
Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context
Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace
Teaching, Learning and Simulation in the Clinical Context
Supporting the Postgraduate Learner in the Medical Workplace
Using Simulation to Support Clinical Learning

For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please see our Continuing Professional Development Modules for Health and Social Care Practitioners pages.

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

The course is delivered primarily using online learning through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The online learning is blended with a small number of face-to-face days. A typical module may include up to three face-to-face days, although due to the flexibility of the programme, attendance is not compulsory.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

A range of assessment strategies are employed in this programme including online tasks, critical reflection on practice, assignments, evaluative reports and portfolios. You will be expected to write approximately 4,000 words (or equivalent) for each module. The dissertation will be 15,000 words (or equivalent). Assignments are submitted electronically through the VLE.

Who will be teaching you

The academic team is comprised of highly experienced tutors from Edge Hill University. Many of the team are research active in the field of clinical education and are University Teaching and Learning Fellows with an extensive publication record. Some of the academic tutors are, or have been, practising clinicians who have specialised in clinical education and others are experienced educationalists from a range of backgrounds.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

To join this course, prospective participants are expected to be experienced professionals in a medical, dental, nursing or allied health speciality, with some responsibilities for education within the workplace.

You will be expected to hold a Postgraduate Certificate in a relevant subject (such as PGCert Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice or an equivalent) as the first 60 credits of the award.

Please note, if you wish to access any of the modules on a stand-alone basis you do not need to have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice or an equivalent course of study. These applications will be considered on individual merit.

You will be asked to provide references. Interviews may also be used to supplement the application process.

How to apply

Currently closed to further applications.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees for students joining this course in academic year 2023/24 are still to be announced. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see our EU student finance page for further details.

Your future career

The MA Clinical Education programme will provide specialist knowledge that would be useful for any career that involves the support of learning and assessment in practice. In addition, the programme will enable you to develop skills of critical analysis and research commensurate with postgraduate study.

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