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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MSc Clinical Education (PT 2 years)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc Clinical Education (PT 2 years) Programme codePTS2EMSEMS09
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

MSc in Clinical Education offers a number of unique learning opportunities: 

We make extensive use of the flipped classroom model, to accommodate those in busy health professions roles.  This entails preparation for each module using our unique informal and interactive online learning platform.  Preparing for the modules in this way substantially reduces the amount of face to face teaching required, and therefore minimises the amount of leave you may need to take in order to undertake this course. 

The course is inter-professional and you will be learning with a diverse array of healthcare professionals.  This offers a substantially wider perspective than many other courses are able to offer. 

The course has a practical orientation.  You will spend time learning the craft of teaching.  For those of you who 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. In a similar vein, the course has a strong emphasis on analysing the practical use of teaching and learning theories in the busy healthcare environment. This helps to demonstrate your progression towards the competencies necessary for accreditation by professional organisations such as the Higher Education Academy (HEA) or Academy of Medical Educators (AoME). 

Much of your learning will take place in small groups.  The use of the lecture format is relatively low on this course.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

Academic Scope: 

The broad aim is to introduce you to an understanding of the principles of learning and teaching, together with practical experience in delivering teaching.  

Learning and Teaching methods: 

The course is inter-professional and you will be learning with a diverse array of healthcare professionals.  This offers a substantially wider perspective than many other courses are able to offer. 

Learning Environment: 

The Masters course makes use of online and face to face learning.  Face to face learning includes arena sessions, small group practicals and face to face contact time with tutors. 

Distinctive Intentions: 

At the end of the MSc Clinical Education programme, you will be proficient in the practicalities of developing, delivering and evaluating high quality teaching, assessment and learning support in a variety of formats and environments relevant to healthcare .  In addition, you will develop a thorough critical understanding of the relevant literature in contemporary clinical education.  Finally, you will have an opportunity to engage in independent research relevant to this field.

4. Programme Structure

The MSc Clinical Education is a 12 month full-time equivalent programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The MSc may be taken in one year full-time, or part-time over two or three years as described below.. Programmes are  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 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. You will be located at St Lukes Campus of the University of Exeter. 

The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Clinical Education is also offered over one year, consisting of 60 credits of taught modules. 

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Clinical Education is also offered part-time over two years, consisting of 120 credits of taught modules. 

5. Programme Modules

Our PGT programmes are designed as standalone courses but the College also aims to provide flexibility where possible. We recognise that you may sometimes wish to take a module from elsewhere in the College, or the wider University, to fit in with your specific research or professional interests.  A taught Master’s degree is made up of 180 credits, usually 120 credits of taught modules and 60 credits of dissertation.  Normally at least 90 credits of taught modules (but an absolute minimum of 60 credits), plus the dissertation, will need be taken from within the named award in order to graduate with that award. That means that 30 credits could be made up from one or more appropriate modules from another Masters level programme(s) in place of your scheduled ones, depending on the module prerequisites, the contact days of the modules, and your funding source.  There may be an additional fee associated with certain postgraduate modules. It is also important to note that the timing of your new module’s contact days and assessments might conflict with your existing programme of studies.  If after considering these factors you would like to explore this option further, please discuss this with the MSc’s Programme Director.  The CMH PGT Support team can then advise about the application process, which would then go for approval from the Programme Director of your current programme and the Module Lead and Programme Director of the programme(s) in which your new module(s) sits.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

* If you are a part-time student, you must take these modules in your first year. You then choose the remaining 90 taught credits over two or three years, as appropriate.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HPDM103 Teaching Practitioner *15No
HPDM105 Education Essentials *15No
HPDM061 Researching Clinical Education 15No
HPDM095 Introduction to Literature Reviews 15No
HPDM104 Assessing Learning 15No
HPDM142 Principles of Supervision, Mentoring and Coaching 15No
HPDM109 Principles of Curriculum Design and Evaluation 15No
HPDM110 Teaching in a Digital World 15No
HPDM148 Independent Research 60No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge, understanding, critical evaluation and practical application of contemporary theories of teaching, learning, feedback, assessment, remediation, education improvement and leadership
2. Evidence professional standard teaching and assessment skills pertinent to a variety of clinical education contexts
3. Demonstrate competence in research evidenced by formulation of a research question, critical literature review, adoption of appropriate methodology, collection of evidence, analysis of results and discussion of the implications of the results with respect to published evidence.

Pre-course preparation via online learning  

 Lectures and interactive arena sessions (some facilitated by the students) 

 Small group activities (some facilitated by the students) 

1 Written evidence appraisal of practice

(ILO 1, 2, 3)

2 Assessment tool design with written evidence evaluation

(ILO 1, 2, 3)

3 Practical teaching delivery with written critical appraisal

(ILO 1, 2, 4)

4 Practical demonstration of work-based assessment with written analysis

(ILO 1, 2, 3, 4)

5  Practical small group teaching delivery with written improvement account

(ILO 1, 2, 4)

6 Practical demonstration of giving feedback with written critical reflection

(ILO 1, 2, 3, 4)

7 Research dissertation (ILOs 1 – 4)

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. Demonstrate a professional understanding of the roles and responsibilities of statutory and employing bodies in the provision and quality assurance of education in the health professions
5. Demonstrate a professional understanding of the roles and responsibilities of statutory and employing bodies in the provision and quality assurance of education in the health professions
6. Demonstrate a professional understanding of the roles and responsibilities of statutory and employing bodies in the provision and quality assurance of education in the health professions

Pre-course preparation via online learning (the flipped classroom)  

 Lectures and interactive arena sessions (some facilitated by the students)  

 Small group activities (some facilitated by the students) 

  Practical teaching sessions  

 Teaching practice / presentation  

 Teaching feedback sessions including video evaluation  

 Preparation for teaching and assessment  

 Face to face tutorials with your research supervisor  

Written evidence appraisal of practice 

(ILO 1, 2, 3) 

2 Assessment tool design with written evidence evaluation 

(ILO 1, 2, 3) 

3 Practical teaching delivery with written critical appraisal 

(ILO 1, 2, 4)

4 Practical demonstration of work-based assessment with written analysis 

(ILO 1, 2, 3, 4) 

5 Practical small group teaching delivery with written improvement account 

(ILO 1, 2, 4) 

6 Practical demonstration of giving feedback with written critical reflection 

(ILO 1, 2, 3, 4) 

7 Research dissertation (ILOs 1 – 4)

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. Present a comprehensive and reflective portfolio of personal teaching practice that is capable of forming a body of evidence to submit for professional accreditation
8. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at an academic or professional level
9. Continue to learn independently and to develop professionally as evidenced by a professional development plan for the purposes of appraisal and career progression.

Self-guided study  

 Preparation of teaching portfolio  

 Practical teaching sessions  

 Teaching practice / presentation  

 Teaching feedback sessions including video evaluation  

 Preparation for teaching and assessment

8) Written portfolio reflection

 

(ILO 1 - 4)

7. Programme Regulations

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook.

 

Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Student Handbook:  A student handbook is available online on the Managed Learning Environment. 

Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic tutors to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

 Medical School Student Support: The College of Medicine & Health provides support for postgraduate students.  If you have a general query please contact PGT support at edmed-admin@exeter.ac.uk , or call in and see the team in South Cloisters on the St Lukes campus.   

 Student/Staff Liaison Committee: The SSLC enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.  SSLCs are set up for postgraduate programmes where this is requested by students and can meet on-line, if necessary. 

 Library Resources:  There are three libraries at the University: the Health Library at RILD (Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital site); at the Medical School on the St Lukes campus and the main library on the Streatham campus.  Computing and printing equipment are available at these libraries.  You will need your student card to access these.  There is also an online library through the University website. 

 Record of Achievement:  You will record your progress through the course by interacting with the online learning platform for each module in conjunction with the evidence you collect from your teaching activities.  This will constitute a teaching portfolio which will form the basis for your application to the Academy of Medical Educators.  Completion of the PgCert will entitle application, with the portfolio, for membership to the Academy and use of its postnomials (MAcadMedEd).  

 Student Feedback:  Your feedback is important to us and you will be provided the opportunity to feedback through the Accelerate system.  The link for this is found within each module on ELE.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).  To this end, the certificate in clinical education is accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MSc Clinical Education (PT 2 years)

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision

21/07/2021