MA Clinical Education

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.

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    • Overview

      Course Length: 2-5 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, February 2023, September 2023, February 2024
      Subjects: Health and Social Care
      Location: Edge Hill University

      Please note, this course is closed to further applications for 2022 – 2023 entry.

      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.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      To exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education (60 level 7 credits), 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 60 credit (level 7) dissertation, which can include the preparation of a paper suitable for publication.

      How will I 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.

      How will I 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 me?

      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.


      The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers some of the best facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals in the country.

      The outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.


      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.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


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      Compulsory modules:

      CPD7010Clinical Education Dissertation (60 credits)

      Clinical Education Dissertation allows you to conceptualise, develop and realise a significant piece of primary research in the field of clinical education. It is designed to ensure that professionals who are clinical practitioners in a wide variety of professions / specialities in health care are able to carry out research which relates to, and which informs, professional practice as clinical educators. It will give you first-hand experience of supervised research in this rapidly developing and increasingly important subject.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD7001Research and Clinical Education (20 credits)

      Research and Clinical Education focuses on the generation, development and application of research within the area of clinical education. While not a generic ‘research methods’ module, it covers major debates within the research area, various approaches to research and evidence-based practice, and some of the major research methods which are employed in the study of clinical and professional education. You will learn to critically appraise research findings in clinical and professional education and how they affect practice. The module also helps you to plan and develop research inquiries of your own or initiate joint research projects with other clinical practitioners.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select two of the following optional modules:

      CPD4455Assessing Learning and Evaluating Teaching (20 credits)

      Assessing Learning and Evaluating Teaching provides the opportunity to examine the form of assessment used in your profession and the different means by which teaching is evaluated and learning facilitated. The module reviews and critically analyses the principles informing assessment and evaluation and applies them to actual practice within the clinical context. There will also be opportunities for you to practice your teaching skills and to observe and give feedback to your peers. Topics include assessing learning, evaluating teaching, methods of assessment and evaluation, and peer observation of teaching.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD4456Delivering Teaching and Facilitating Learning Opportunities (20 credits)

      Delivering Teaching and Facilitating Learning Opportunities allows you to examine the variety of approaches to teaching and learning and to experience/develop skills in a number of teaching techniques. The module will also examine the role of learning support and learning resources in promoting teaching and learning. It will relate research on the effectiveness of various approaches and techniques to the actual experience of participants. Topics include approaches to and techniques used in teaching and learning facilitation, selecting appropriate approaches and techniques, supporting student learning and using learning resources.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD7004Educational Leadership in Health Settings (20 credits)

      Educational Leadership in Health Settings provides you with a critical and evaluative perspective on educational leadership. The module will address leadership theories, styles and approaches in the specific context of clinical education and will facilitate the application of theory to practice. Educational leaders can face unique challenges in working across organisational and professional boundaries and you will, therefore, be encouraged to apply leadership concepts to your own role and consider your personal contribution to the development of ‘learning organisations’.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD7005Educational Supervision in the Clinical Context (20 credits)

      Educational Supervision in the Clinical Context explores the role and skills of educational supervision in the clinical workplace. The module will introduce and raise your awareness of key concepts involved in supervision in medical education, drawing on theory, practice and the broader scholarly literature. Assessment for learning and the use of critically constructive feedback to support learning will also be considered.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD7006E-learning in Clinical Education (20 credits)

      E-learning in Clinical Education analyses the development of e-learning within the health context. It draws on the growing international research literature to identify key pedagogic and design principles which should underpin the effective use of communication and information technology applications in the field of clinical education. The module also facilitates you in applying available research to your own work environment, your own teaching, and in critically evaluating the potential of e-learning opportunities.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD7007Improving Practice in Clinical Education (20 credits)

      Improving Practice in Clinical Education allows you to focus on a specific issue or topic of relevance to their educative role, in a supported way, within your own workplace. The precise focus of work will be negotiated and the subject of an individual learning agreement completed at the start of the module.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4251Inclusivity in Clinical Education (20 credits)

      Inclusivity in Clinical Education enables you to critically examine the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusivity within your clinical discipline. You will critically reflect on your responsibilities, accountability, practices and values and develop a culture of inclusivity to enhance clinical education within your workplace. This will be achieved through role modelling inclusive behaviours and recognising how these can contribute to a good patient experience and sharing of best practice. You will also explore how to break down barriers to equity of outcome and experience in clinical education, including unconscious bias and stereotypes, and discover how to challenge unacceptable behaviour effectively.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD4708Managing and Developing Medical Education (20 credits)

      Managing and Developing Medical Education introduces and raises your awareness of key concepts involved in managing and developing medical education within the context of the clinical workplace. The module will explore the principles of curriculum planning, course design and evaluation for the quality assurance of educational interventions. You will also study a range of approaches to medical education (including problem-based learning and e-learning), and methods of medical education (such as presentations and group work).

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4117Medical Leadership (20 credits)

      Medical Leadership examines the importance of the personal attributes of a leader, including emotional intelligence and personality type, using psychometric tools such as the Jungian Type Indicator (JTI). You will have the opportunity to analyse and reflect upon your personal effectiveness against Covey’s seven effectiveness domains. You will also use Belbin’s team roles as a way of understanding your own and others’ contributions to team meetings.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD7011Mentoring and Coaching in Clinical Education (20 credits)

      Mentoring and Coaching in Clinical Education focuses on mentoring and coaching in relation to the purposes, context, processes, skills and impact on the clinical learning environment. You will engage in an analysis of the nature of supportive/developmental relationships in the field of clinical education, including conducting an evaluation of the theoretical constructs of mentoring and coaching, current research and the benefits to both the individual and the organisation. You will explore the roles of mentoring and coaching in your own specific area of clinical practice in some depth.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4034Negotiated Learning Shell (20 credits)

      Negotiated Learning Shell provides an opportunity for you to study a topic or work-related issue at Masters level. It involves you identifying the chosen area for study before developing and negotiating a learning contract, which will outline the what, how, when, where and why of the study period as well as the means of assessment to showcase the acquired learning.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4220Promoting Professionalism and Ethics in Multidisciplinary Practice (20 credits)

      Promoting Professionalism and Ethics in Multidisciplinary Practice enables you to explore and critically appraise the notion of professionalism. You will critically examine ethical aspects associated with professionalism in healthcare, for example public expectations versus personal expression, to assist in reflective practice. The aim is to encourage you to critically reflect on your practices and values when working in a multi-disciplinary team. You will explore ways in which an individual can validate and support the development of professionalism, creating a professional environment in healthcare settings and role-modelling professional values and behaviours to enhance both the patient experience and the sharing of best practice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD4454Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context (20 credits)

      Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context introduces and raises awareness of the key concepts involved in teaching and facilitating learning in both the clinical context and Higher Education. The module critically examines theories of learning and teaching and their relevance to learning and teaching facilitation in the clinical context. Topics include using the clinical environment for the teaching and facilitation of learning; theories of learning; aligning learning, teaching and assessment; reflective learning and a philosophy of teaching.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD4706Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace (20 credits)

      Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace offers an introduction to the role of the Clinical Supervisor in the medical workplace. The module will raise your awareness of key concepts involved in teaching and facilitating learning, including understanding the theories of learning, the educational climate, adult learning, styles of learning, styles of teaching, clinical skills teaching and clinical workplace teaching. You will also explore your personal approach to teaching and peer observation of teaching and be introduced to reflective practice, workplace assessment and feedback, portfolios and supervision.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD4010Teaching, Learning and Simulation in the Clinical Context (20 credits)

      Teaching, Learning and Simulation in the Clinical Context introduces and raises awareness of the key theories and concepts involved in teaching and facilitating learning via simulation in the clinical context. The module will provide you with the theoretical underpinning on which to build further study and professional practice. It also commences the process of enhancing critical reflection on your role as a teacher and learning facilitator, stimulating the articulation of your evolving personal philosophy of teaching as you begin to explore the appropriate use of simulation as a teaching and learning modality in the clinical context.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD4707Supporting the Postgraduate Learner in the Medical Workplace (20 credits)

      Supporting the Postgraduate Learner in the Medical Workplace offers you an in-depth exploration of the role and remit of the Educational Supervisor in the medical workplace. The module will introduce and raise your awareness of key concepts involved in educational supervision, drawing on theory, practice and broader scholarly literature. You will explore the assessment of learning needs, learning agreements and learning objectives, appraisal, report writing, the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) cycle, and assessment for learning and feedback. The module also covers supervising and supporting diverse trainees, such as those in difficulty.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD7009Using Simulation to Support Clinical Learning (20 credits)

      Using Simulation to Support Clinical Learning analyses and critically appraises current and contentious debates surrounding the use of simulation to support clinical learning. The module will equip you with the academic skills required to critically evaluate simulation used to support clinical learning, advancing your knowledge through focusing on an individually identified aspect of simulation of particular interest to your professional needs.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.

      For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please visit

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      To join this programme, 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.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      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.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for studying on this MA are £39 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23. This is equivalent to £780 per 20 credit module. An exception applies to CPD7010 Clinical Education Dissertation for which the cost is £1,900 for the 60-credit module.

      180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.

      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

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at

      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 should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.


      How to Apply

      Please note, this course is closed to further applications for 2022 – 2023 entry.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      9th December 2020 - Change of Modules

      CPD4010 Teaching, Learning and Simulation in the Clinical Context (20 credits), CPD4454 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context (20 credits), CPD4455 Assessing Learning and Evaluating Teaching (20 credits), CPD4456 Delivering Teaching and Facilitating Learning Opportunities (20 credits), CPD4706 Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace (20 credits), CPD4707 Supporting the Postgraduate Learner in the Medical Workplace (20 credits), CPD4708 Managing and Developing Medical Education (20 credits), HEA4034 Negotiated Learning Shell (20 credits) and HEA4117 Medical Leadership (20 credits) added as optional modules.

      8th July 2020 - Revision to Tuition Fees

      Please note, the tuition fees for this programme have been amended to £37.50 per credit (i.e £750 per 20 credit module) for academic years 2020/21 and 2021/22, with the exception of the 60-credit CPD7010 Clinical Education Dissertation module for which the cost has been revised to £1,475 for academic year 2020/21 and £1,825 for academic year 2021/22.

      6th July 2020 - New Module Added

      HEA4251 Inclusivity in Clinical Education (20 credits) added as an optional module.

      Covid-19 - Clinical Education Essential Information

      Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

      Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.

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