MSc Clinical Education

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 3 years
  • Healthcare and Medicine
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Face-to-face with online support
Start date September


Studying Clinical Education

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

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.

Our programmes look at clinical education from a new and practical standpoint, based on the reality of delivering clinical education in modern healthcare environments.

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 be learning with a diverse array of healthcare professionals; offering a substantially wider perspective than many other courses are able to offer.

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.

This is a blended (face-to-face and online) course and we will work around your priorities and the major service and time pressures you have enabling you to complete the course at your own pace.

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

The course is evidence-based - incorporating the latest research and current issues in academic clinical education. Some of this research has been carried out by the course tutors, consisting of highly experienced clinical educators and researchers.

Features include:

• Focus on real-life practical teaching skills using videos of your own teaching and evaluating the teaching of others
• Practical skills developed in tandem with a sound understanding of educational principles
• Education tailored to different contexts within the clinical operating environment
• Accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME)
• Recognised by South West Deanery (Health Education England)
• Flexible accreditation of prior experience and learning (APEL) to allow for further study

AoME accreditation

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.

Programme structure

Our MSc Clinical Education programme is a one year full time, or three year part time programme, of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7.

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 HPDM105, HPDM106, HPDM104 and HPDM103 (total of 60 credits) or a PGDip after completing all taught modules without the Independent Research (total of 120 credits).

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

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

Contact days

View the timetable of contact days

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

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.

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.

Learning and teaching

This course makes use of contemporary teaching methods necessary for acquiring a skill such as teaching.

Teaching methods on the Masters course include:

  • 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)

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


It is expected that you will already be 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 eventual full Masters programme will also enhance opportunities for further educational research, PhD programmes and leadership roles within higher education and healthcare sectors.

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.

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.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

For 2020/21, fees will be charged pro rata per 15-credit module for UK/EU students. Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.


  • MSc £8,800 full-time, £2,950 part-time
  • PgDip £5,900 full-time, £2,950 part-time
    PgCert £2,950


  • MSc £18,000 full-time, £6,000 part-time
  • PgDip £12,000 full-time, £6,000 part-time
  • PgCert £6,000 full-time

Pro Rata Module fees

  • UK/EU: £800 per 15-credit module
  • International: £1,500 per 15-credit module

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

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.

Other programme scholarships

We have a range of scholarships available for postgraduate scholarships every year including NHS bursaries. For full details search the funding directory

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.

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.

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