Clinical Education Dissertation CPD7010


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

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.

For information on the impact of Covid19 on our teaching, please see our Covid19 Teaching Update page.

Module Code: CPD7010
Level: 7
Credits: 60
Cost: £1475 for Sept 2020 to July 2021

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 programme?

• 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 [formative].
(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:

1. Demonstrate the conceptualisation and planning of a small piece of original research in the area of clinical education.

2. Evidence the completion, analysis and presentation of a small piece of original research in the area of clinical education.

3. 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.

4. Apply lessons learned from your research to your continuing development as professional educators.

5. Demonstrate ethical sensitivity as it pertains to your chosen area of study, including compliance with any relevant ethical approval processes.

Study Dates and Venues

February 2021 S2

Venue: Online Study

Starts: Wed 24th Feb 2021

Session Times:
Workshop 1
  • Wednesday 24th February 2021
  • Workshop 2
  • Wednesday 31st March 2021
  • Workshop 3
  • Wednesday 19th May 2021
  • Workshop 4
  • Wednesday 22nd September 2021
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    Further Information

    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

    If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQ page.

    For further module information, please contact Module Co-ordinator - Dr Cathy Sherratt,
    Or you can contact the Medical School email on

    Tel: 01695 584154


  • MA Clinical Education