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. They’re actively engaged in clinical education and pedagogic research.

You’ll also study alongside students working as clinical staff in medical, dental and nursing education, as well as doctors, nurses, dentists, physician associates and a range of healthcare professions.

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

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

Online learning

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.

Your support team

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

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 2021). And you’ll graduate ready to enhance and advance clinical education practice, wherever you work.

The contacts that 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)

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

What our students say

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

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 2021/22 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the next two academic years (2022/23 and 2023/24). The indicative fees above include this 5% fee rise.

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.

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.

Master of Science - 180 credits

You’ll work through eight 15-credit courses and a 60-credit project to gain your MSc.

Our online degrees are flexible, so you can progress at a pace that suits you. You choose how many credits you want to study for each term.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 32 months to complete the MSc. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You can take study breaks between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

Masters project

Complete your MSc with this 60-credit research project.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Postgraduate Diploma - 120 credits

You’ll work through eight 15-credit courses to gain your PgDip in Clinical Education.

Our online awards are flexible, so you can progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 20 months to complete the PgDip. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Postgraduate Certificate - 60 credits

You’ll work through four 15-credit courses to gain your PgCert.

You can start your studies in January or September and progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 8 months to complete the PgCert. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Start with a short course

Not sure you can commit to a full degree? You can start with a short course that’s part of this degree instead.

You’ll earn credits for each course you complete. Your credits will count towards the MSc if you want to complete the rest of the degree at a later stage.

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Master of Science

180 credits

Indicative cost

£14,060

This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in September 2021.

Postgraduate Diploma

120 credits

Indicative cost

£9,140

This indicative cost is based on 120 credits of study over two years, starting in September 2021.

Postgraduate Certificate

60 credits

Indicative cost

£4,460

This indicative cost is based on 30 credits of study per term, starting in September 2021.

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INDICATIVE COST
£14,060

This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in September 2021.

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