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Postgraduate taught

MSc Clinical Education

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
3 years part time
Entry year 2021

Programme director: Professor Alex Harding
Web: Enquire online 
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725500

Entry requirements

2:2 Honours degree

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Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Healthcare and Medicine


Due to COVID-19, we are continually reviewing the delivery of our courses. Our priority is to ensure that safety of all our students and staff, and we are currently planning for flexibility and resilience in our approach so that whatever the year brings we will still be delivering the high level of teaching that we always have. You can stay updated on our website as the situation progresses.

  • You’ll look at clinical education from a new and practical standpoint, based on the reality of delivering clinical education in modern healthcare environments
  • Specifically created for those wishing to develop their roles as clinical educators and is suitable for those from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds
  • You will be learning with a diverse array of healthcare professionals; offering a substantially wider perspective than many other courses are able to offer
  • Our blended (face-to-face and online) course means we can work around your priorities and the major service and time pressures you have enabling you to complete the course at your own pace
  • Accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) and recognised by the South West Deanery (Health Education England)

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Hear Professor Alex Harding talk about our postgraduate Clinical Education programme and the benefits that it brings.

83% of research in Clinical Medicine classified as world-leading or internationally excellent

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

Major capital investment in new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities


This programme is Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) accredited. AoME accreditation means that anyone who successfully completes the course is eligible to apply for Membership of the Academy without the need to go through the full application and assessment process.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.

Please visit our international equivalency pages  to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
International students are normally subject to visa regulations which prevent part-time study. It is recommended that international students apply for the level of the final award you intend to complete i.e. PGCert, PGDip or Masters, due to the associated cost and requirements for a Tier 4 student Visa.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

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Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

There is an increasing need for clinical teachers to hold formal qualifications. Our Clinical Education programmes are suitable for qualified health professionals or intercalating students who want to develop and accredit teaching skills.

It is specifically created for those wishing to develop their roles as clinical educators and is suitable for those from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds including medical researchers, academic clinical fellows, nurses, allied healthcare, public health professionals, and doctors.

You will spend time learning the craft of teaching. If you are not currently involved in teaching, the course will provide ample opportunity to regularly practice teaching in a safe environment with feedback from fellow students.

The themes running through the programme are a comprehensive introduction to clinical education, coaching and mentoring, principles of assessment and practical delivery of teaching.

Programme Structure

Our MSc Clinical Education programme is available full time over 1 year or part time over 2 or 3 years, at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7.

The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with one credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

To gain a Masters qualification (which equates to 180 credits at level 7), you will need to complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation.

It is also possible to exit with a PGCert after completing 60 credits of taught modules or a PGDip after completing 120 credits of taught modules. The list of modules below shows which are compulsory.

It is also possible to take individual modules as a standalone activity, either with or without the need to complete assessments.

Face-to-face teaching is typically delivered over two days per module, with pre-reading, teaching practice, project work and assessments making up the remainder of learning activities

Contact Days

View the draft timetable of contact days for 2020/21. These may be subject to change.


The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


2021/22 entry

Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year

UK fees per year: 

  • MSc  £9,100 full-time, £4,550pa part-time
  • PgDip  £6,100 full-time, £3,050pa part-time
  • PgCert  £3,050

Standalone module fees: UK: £850 per 15-credit module

International fees per year: 

  • MSc  £18,650 full-time, £9,325pa part-time
  • PgDip  £12,400 full-time, £6,200pa part-time
  • PgCert  £6,200 

Standalone module fees: International: £1,550 per 15-credit module


The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Funding and scholarships

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


There are various funding opportunities available including Global Excellence scholarships. For more information visit our Masters funding page.

Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship - The University of Exeter Medical School is delighted to offer the Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship of £5000 to two NHS staff who accept a place to study on one of our Masters programmes enrolling in 2020. Please check your eligibility before applying.

Global Excellence Scholarship - We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate taught programmes starting in autumn 2020. Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

Teaching and research

In the College of Medicine and Health, our purpose is to deliver transformative education that will help tackle health challenges of national and global importance.

Teaching methods

  • Interactive arena sessions
  • Masterclasses from highly experienced teachers and educational researchers
  • Practical classes; Practice delivering teaching in a variety of styles
  • Tutorial / small groups
  • Lectures using PowerPoint and other technologies
  • Work-based teaching and learning
  • Using webcams to record your teaching
  • Viewing the teaching of others and giving feedback
  • Practical classes; Practice designing you own assessments
  • Maintaining a teaching portfolio. Collect evidence of your teaching as the course progresses and use it to apply for Membership of professional teaching bodies (HEA and AoME)

Additional Support

Teaching is backed up with comprehensive online support, support from your academic tutor and support from the many contacts you will make through the contact sessions.


The facilities at the University of Exeter have been specifically designed for delivering high quality teaching in this area, with bespoke lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

For students following the reporting or image interpretation pathway, there is a suite of PACS monitors allowing for very high resolution viewing of images, as well as low-intensity lighting to optimise viewing conditions.  Find out more about our Medical Imaging Suites.

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Many of our students are already in employment in the healthcare sector/clinical academics. This programme will enhance your opportunity to take on more demanding roles within medical schools or faculties of healthcare or in management roles within hospital trusts. The  full Masters programme enhances opportunities for clinical educational research, PhD programmes and leadership roles within higher education and healthcare sectors and some of our MSc Clinical Education students have published from their assignments and dissertations.

Careers support

All University of Exeter students have access to Career Zone, which gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.