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Clinical Education Dissertation CPD7010


The dissertation is a central component within the MA (Clinical Education) programme. It enables participants to conceptualise, develop and realise a small-scale piece of primary research.

As with all modules in the MA (Clinical Education) programme, this module is designed for professionals who are both clinical practitioners and educators in the health area. Thus, it is designed to ensure that you are able to carry out research which relates to, and which informs your professional practice as educators in the area of clinical education and training.

This dissertation module will give you first-hand experience of supervised research in this rapidly developing and increasingly important subject.

Module code:CPD7010
Module credits:60
Cost for new students:£3000 for 2024/25 academic year

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your fee will have been advised to you by email. You can also check your fees online. For any queries, please contact

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Who is this module for?

  • This module is designed for professionals who are clinical educators.
  • Postgraduate students [normally clinicians and/or clinical educators] enrolled for MA Clinical Education.
  • Participants must already have completed CPD7001 Research and Clinical Education.

What are the key aims of the module?

  • This module is designed to ensure that you are able to carry out research which relates to and informs your professional practice as an educator in the area of clinical education and training.
  • This module also supports participants’ development of skills for critical evaluation of published research in the field of clinical education and training.

How will I study?

On campus and online.

What will I study?

  • This module focuses on the generation, development and application of research within each participant’s own area of clinical education.
  • Students will be encouraged to choose an area of inquiry that will potentially enhance practice in the field of clinical education.
  • Within this module, ‘research’ is interpreted broadly, to include library research and/or historical/archival research, action research and other forms of enquiry-based research involving qualitative and/or quantitative methods.
  • The topic chosen will reflect and be directly relevant to an identifiable area of both the programme’s curriculum content, and the individual student’s own circumstances and it is expected that participants can provide a clear rationale for their choice.

How will I be assessed?

There is a two-part assessment strategy:

1. Submission of the outline research proposal.
(Guideline: around 2,000 words in length will usually be suitable, but no specific wordage is required).

2. A written report of the research [summative].


A. Submission of a completed dissertation.
(Guideline: 15,000 words).


B. Submission of a prepared journal article (or other agreed artefact) plus supporting report. (These two items are submitted in place of the 15,000-word dissertation but should be of a similar length in total).

On successful completion you will:

  • Demonstrate the conceptualisation and planning of a small piece of original research in the area of clinical education.
  • Evidence the completion, analysis and presentation of a small piece of original research in the area of clinical education.
  • Demonstrate your ability to link your own research with the scholarship of professional education per se, and with other research in the area of clinical education and related disciplines.
  • Apply lessons learned from your research to your continuing development as professional educators.
  • Demonstrate ethical sensitivity as it pertains to your chosen area of study, including compliance with any relevant ethical approval processes.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Wednesday 25 September 2024

Session times:

  • Wednesday 25 September 2024, 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday 23 October 2024, 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday 15 January 2025, 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday 19 March 2025, 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday 24 September 2025, 9am-12pm
  • Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

    Starts: Wednesday 19 February 2025

    Session times:

  • Wednesday 19 February 2025, 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday 26 March 2025, 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday 14 May 2025, 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday 17 September 2025, 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday 18 February 2026, 9am-12pm
  • How to apply

    Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules, it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

    We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

    For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

    Contact us

    For further module information, please contact Module Leaders Angela Key or Carlos Rubbi,
    via email: |

    Alternatively, you can contact the Medical School via email on