Gain a clinical education qualification and learn to deliver, organise and lead clinical training.

Join us online for a flexible Masters in Clinical Education that fits around full-time work.

Graduate with the knowledge and skills to develop, deliver, and research first-class clinical education in your own discipline.

  • Tailor your learning with elective courses in teaching with simulation, teaching technology, clinical learning in primary care, and more.
  • Enjoy one-to-one support for your professional development goals and MSc research project.
  • Mix 24/7 learning resources you can access anytime with live online teaching sessions, for a more social and active learning experience.

Outstanding teaching and networking

You’ll learn from senior academics, lecturers and NHS staff from a variety of clinical backgrounds. All are actively engaged in clinical education and pedagogic research.

You’ll be studying alongside students working as clinical staff in medical, dental, and nursing education, as well as doctors, nurses, dentists, physician associates and other healthcare professionals.

Who can study online MSc Clinical Education?

Our distance learning clinical education programme is for practising health professionals and academics anywhere in the world who want an academic qualification in clinical education.

It’s ideal for those involved in the education of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, dental practitioners, associated scientists (biomedical or social), clinical psychologists and occupational therapists.

You can join online MSc Clinical Education whether you’re relatively new to clinical education or an experienced educator looking to advance your existing knowledge and skills.

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Accredited PgCert in Clinical Education

Our postgraduate certificate in Clinical Education is accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).

Complete our PgCert successfully and apply for full AoME membership without having to go through the full application and assessment process.

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By the end of this degree, you’ll be able to...

  • Apply critical knowledge and a conceptual base in the arena of clinical teaching and learning.
  • Inspire a reflective approach to educational practice.
  • Design, plan, teach and assess clinical education training.
  • Carry out clinical educational research.
  • Discuss and investigate theories of learning.
  • Lead and manage more confidently in your clinical education work.
  • Identify and apply the core values of educators, with a particular emphasis on clinical education.
  • Meet and exceed the minimum requirements of the Academy of Medical Educators (Level 2).

What you’ll study

You can choose to study for a:

  • Masters (180 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

How you’ll study

Online learning

MSc Clinical Education is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere, with no need for a visa.

Your teaching

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos and webinars
  • podcasts
  • live online teaching sessions
  • discussion boards with your peers and tutors
  • online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library. 

One-to-one tutorials

You’ll have lots of direct support while you study with us. You’ll have one-to-one online tutorials with your course coordinators to discuss your progress, assignments and receive any additional support you need. If you live locally, you’re welcome to meet in person with your coordinators at our Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen for support with course queries. Remote students will have the same support online.

Collaboration

We use interactive seminars, large and small group work, and discussion board activities to encourage collaboration. Working online with colleagues locally, nationally and internationally, you’ll become part of a global peer group, sharing insights, research, and building your professional network.

Reflective practice

Our online Clinical Education programme places an emphasis on reflective practice. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on your own experiences in clinical, educational and cultural settings, as learners and teachers. We’ll use methods including peer observation and feedback on teaching.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from an experienced, multidisciplinary team of internationally renowned educators, researchers and NHS staff. They’re actively engaged in clinical education and pedagogic research.

This degree is assessed entirely online. We use several types of assessment, including:

  • written assignments
  • oral presentations
  • development of reflective portfolios
  • course work.

Our assessments help you gain transferable skills in clinical education. For example, presentation skills in the form of oral presentations and podcasts; and writing a research report in the form of a scientific paper.

Study hours for taught courses

If you plan to study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. Students typically take one or two 15-credit short courses per term.

15 credits

  • Around 150 hours of study and assessment time to complete.
  • You’ll study 8 – 10 hours per week per term, plus more at assessment times.

30 credits

  • Around 300 hours of study and assessment time to complete.
  • You’ll study 15 – 20 hours per week per term, plus more at assessment times.

This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.

You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.

Activities at fixed times

There may be some activities scheduled at a fixed time, such as live online sessions, or assessments with deadlines. But otherwise, you can access and work through each course at your convenience.

Study hours for live online sessions

Each 15-credit course features six to eight live online sessions. These last around one hour.

Live session dates and times will be organised flexibly at the start of each course. Your course coordinator will consider everyone’s circumstances and time zones before setting up live session times that best suit the class.

These sessions will also be recorded for you to view later if you cannot attend.

Study hours for 60-credit project

A 60-credit project or dissertation is around 600 hours of study time.

You’ll complete your clinical education project part-time over two terms.

When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.

But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.

Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.

Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:

  • Be realistic
  • Create a weekly schedule as a guide

If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.

Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors via MyAberdeen and email. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.

We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Dr Lorraine Hawick

Lorraine is co-programme coordinator. She’ll be on hand to answer any questions about course content before you start and to help you throughout your studies.

Dr Eve Brock

Eve is co-programme coordinator. She’ll be on hand to answer any questions about course content before you start and to help you throughout your studies.

Clare McHattie

Clare is part of the School’s postgraduate teaching support team. She’ll be there throughout your studies to answer any of your non-academic queries.

Get in touch

Our online education team is here to answer any questions you have right now about this qualification, or about studying online.

Ask us a question

Where this will take you

Careers

You’ll qualify with a respected MSc in Clinical Education from a University ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine (Guardian University Guide 2023). And you’ll graduate ready to enhance and advance clinical education practice, wherever you work.

The contacts you make within the University will enhance the credibility of your degree and help establish your reputation as a contributor to essential research projects.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to develop as educators in a variety of roles, including Lecturers in Medical Education, Clinical Supervisors, and Simulation Faculty.

Many have also gone on to lead roles in academic programmes, clinical postgraduate training, and conduct healthcare education research in areas as diverse as Selection and Assessment Psychometrics.

Career opportunities include:

  • Further study (PhD)
  • Clinical academic jobs in universities (Lecturer, Researcher)
  • Clinical educational roles, including those requiring recognition and approval by the General Medical Council (Educational Supervisor)
  • Lead roles (Director of Medical Education, Training Programme Director)

Lifelong career support

Our careers support doesn’t stop when you graduate.

You have access to our free careers service while you study, and beyond.

We’re here with 1:1 appointments, CV checks, interview prep, and to connect you with job opportunities around the world.

What our students say

Here’s what recent students had to say about their experiences on the programme:

Laura Reid

I’ve really enjoyed the PgDip in Clinical Education this year. The format made it very accessible, as I work full time in the NHS and I’m a parent. Being online didn’t stop the engagement with other students and tutors; discussion boards were available on all modules to ask questions and to interact with fellow learners. Really impressed with the University and the quality of the course and tutors.

Laura Reid, Practice Educator, NHS Grampian
Dr David Wandless

The course was set around learning days set well in advance, so was easy to fit into my clinical and personal commitments. And the assessments were an opportunity to build on my academic profile and portfolio – I’ve presented work from the PgCert at a number of local and national conferences.

Dr David Wandless, Honorary Lecturer in Medicine, University of Aberdeen
Dr Malcolm Stewart

Not only was I learning a huge amount more around the principles of education, but I was also able to apply it directly to my current teaching. This allowed me to confidently improve this teaching, and these improvements were reflected directly and positively in my end of year student feedback.

Dr Malcolm Stewart, Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Aberdeen

Fees and funding

The fees quoted above are based on you starting your studies with us in the 2023/24 academic year.

Fees for future academic years are provisional. Our indicative costs assume a 5% fee rise each year.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Pay as you go allows you to spread payments over several terms.

When you pay

You make a payment before the start of each term.

How much you pay

You only pay for the credits you want to study in the upcoming term.

It’s up to you how many credits you take each term. This gives you control over your costs and your workload.

  • Taking fewer credits will increase the length of your studies.

We break down the total cost of this qualification into cost per 15 credits.

Cost per 15 credits for this degree, starting in academic year 2023/24

  • £1,230 in academic year 2023/24.
  • £1,290 in academic year 2024/25 (provisional).
  • £1,355 in academic year 2025/26 (provisional).

Tuition fees typically rise a little each academic year. The fees quoted for 2024/25 and 2025/26 are provisional and subject to change.

This is an example payment schedule for tuition fees. It’s based on the typical route through the degree.

You can take more or fewer credits per term than is shown in this example.

Term 1) September – December 2023 | Academic year 2023/24

  • Take two 15-credit courses @£1,230 each.
  • Fee for term = £2,460.
  • Payment due in September.

Term 2) January – April 2024

  • Take two 15-credit courses @£1,230 each.
  • Fee for term = £2,460.
  • Payment due in January.

PgCert exit point

With 60 credits earned, you now have the option to exit with a PgCert.

Total fee for this route to your PgCert = £4,920.

Term 3) May – August 2023

  • Summer break. There is no teaching in the first summer of your degree.
  • No payment due.

Term 4) September – December 2024 | Academic year 2024/25

  • Take two 15-credit courses @£1,290 each (provisional).
  • Fee for term = £2,580 (provisional).
  • Payment due in September.

Term 5) January – April 2025

  • Take two 15-credit courses @£1,290 each (provisional).
  • Fee for term = £2,580 (provisional).
  • Payment due in January.

PgDip exit point

With 120 credits earned, you now have the option to exit with a PgDip.

Total fee for this route to your PgDip = £10,080.

Term 6) May – August 2025

  • Summer break. There is no teaching in the summer of your degree.
  • No payment due.

Term 7) September – December 2025 | Academic year 2025/26

  • Embark on your 60-credit project.
  • Fee for dissertation = £5,420 (provisional).
  • Payment due in September.

Term 8) January – April 2026

  • Complete your project.
  • No further payment is due.

Masters complete

On passing your project, you’ll have earned 180 credits and will be awarded a Masters degree.

Total fee for this route to your Masters = £15,500.

Note: Fees for academic year 2024/25 and 2025/26 are provisional and subject to change.

Infographic summarising the example payment schedule described above.

Learning resources

Access to all the books and resources you need are included in your tuition fee. They’ll be made available to you online and you do not have to buy your own copies.

Printing

You may wish to set aside a small budget for printing, depending on how you like to work.

Additional Cost of Teaching (ACT) funding

If you’re an NHS Grampian career grade staff applicant (eg, Consultant, staff grade), funding may be available for your full PgCert Clinical Education fees from NHS Grampian’s Medical ACT fund.

Applications are subject to ACT panel review. If you’re eligible, email clined@abdn.ac.uk to enquire about application.

You need to submit your application for ACT funding by 28 July 2023.

Other funding sources

Find out more about funding options.

Student card

All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.

20% Alumni discount

You’re entitled to 20% off our postgraduate taught degrees and short courses if you have a degree from the University of Aberdeen. View Alumni discount details and eligibility criteria.

10% NHS discount

NHS staff receive 10% off online postgraduate degrees and short courses offered by our School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition; and our School of Psychology.

How discounts work

Discounts are applied during your application process. Only one discount can be used per application. If you are eligible for more than one discount, we will apply the largest discount for you.

Why study Clinical Education online with the University of Aberdeen?

Outstanding expertise

Study with a university ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine (Guardian University Guide 2023).

Research-led teaching

Your teaching is informed by active researchers from the Institute of Education in Healthcare and Medical Sciences.

NHS and alumni discounts

NHS staff get 10% off this online degree. University of Aberdeen alumni get 20% off.

Entry requirements

MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • An honours level degree, usually in healthcare (eg, MBChB, nursing, or BDS), or
  • an honours level degree in a healthcare-related area (eg, psychology).

You should also be currently involved in teaching practice.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world. You do not need a visa to study online with us.

See the minimum entry requirements above. If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check equivalent qualifications from your country.

English language requirements

Teaching is delivered in English.

We accept the following English language qualifications. These are the minimum scores required. You need to provide proof of your qualifications when you apply:

Duolingo English Test (taken from July 2019)

  • 115 overall
  • 90 in the sub-scores for literacy, conversation, comprehension and production

LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator, Written and Spoken – Level 1

  • 33 for listening, reading, speaking and writing

IELTS Academic and IELTS Online

  • 6.5 overall
  • 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 6.0 for writing

TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition

  • 90 overall
  • 17 for listening
  • 18 for reading
  • 20 for speaking
  • 21 for writing
  • TOEFL DI code is 0818

PTE Academic

  • 62 overall
  • 59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing

Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency

  • 176 overall
  • 162 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 169 for writing

If you hold a degree from a UK university then evidence of proficiency in English may not be required.

For full information about language requirements, see our English Language Requirements page.

You apply through our online Applicant Portal. It allows you to upload relevant qualifications and documents.

Applying to the University of Aberdeen is always free.

What you need to apply for this degree

  • Degree transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Degree certificate
  • CV / Resume

Apply now

Start with our step-by-step guide. It explains degree transcripts, what to write in your personal statement and how to use our Applicant Portal.

Apply as early as you can. This is so we have time to review your application and get a decision to you. We also want to ensure you have time to enrol before teaching starts.

September 2023 intake

Teaching starts on 18 September 2023.

Application deadlines will be announced in due course.

You will need access to:

A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:

  • Windows 10 or later
  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.

Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.

Reliable internet access

We recommend:

  • a wired connection
  • a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.

Speakers or headphones

  • We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
  • A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one from some interactive sessions.

Software

We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.

If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.

See our detailed IT requirements for more information.

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Master of Science

180 credits

£15,500

This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in September 2023.

Postgraduate Diploma

120 credits

£10,080

This indicative cost is based on 120 credits of study over two years, starting in September 2023.

Postgraduate Certificate

60 credits

£4,920

This indicative cost is based on 30 credits of study per term, starting in September 2023.

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