Clinical Education (MSc, PgDip, PgCert - Online Learning) The University of Edinburgh
Our online Clinical Education programme takes advantage of our world-renowned expertise to enhance your abilities to teach and assess students in a clinical environment.
This is an ideal programme for those with an educational role in relation to healthcare professionals and veterinary practitioners, including:
- dental practitioners
- clinical psychologists
- occupational therapists
- those involved with the veterinary education
- associated scientists (biomedical or social)
What will I learn?
Our aim is to help you reflect upon, and share thoughts about, your practice while increasing your understanding of applying educational theories and evidence from the literature. As a result, you will learn the knowledge and skills you need to deliver, develop and research high-quality clinical education in your own discipline.
This programme is affiliated with NHS Education for Scotland and the University's Global Health Academy.
- Global Health Academy
- NHS Education for Scotland
Upon completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, and by meeting the qualifying criteria, you will be eligible to apply for a fellowship at the Higher Education Academy.
We are members of the Academy of Medical Educators and on completion of the Postgraduate Certificate and by meeting their qualifying criteria, you can apply for membership through the shortened route.
Our award-winning online learning technology is fully interactive and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your home or workplace.
Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
We host online open days where prospective students and applicants can meet some of the tutors and students, and experience the online tutorial rooms.
The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked 15th in the World in the QS World University Rankings 2023.
This programme has been designed to enhance your prospects as a teacher and instructor in human or animal health.
It promotes high-quality clinical education by helping you to:
- reflect upon and share insights about your practice
- understand and apply educational theories and evidence from the literature
- develop a good solid foundation in clinical education and educational research upon which to build your academic career
There are three courses at the certificate stage and three at the diploma stage. This is followed by your thesis in the third year.
We deliver lectures and live conversations online. You will be expected to use self-directed learning, peer discussion boards, live conversations, peer presentations and other similar e-learning activities to help engage with and get the most from the course materials.
During term time, you should be prepared to spend an average of 15-20 hours per week engaged in study, with study time intensifying prior to the submission of your assignments.
Accelerated routes are available in discussion with the programme team.
Year 1: Certificate
Courses previously offered include:
- Principles of Teaching and Learning
- Assessment, Examinations and Standard Setting
- The Curriculum
Year 2: Diploma
You will study Research in Clinical Education along with 2 elective courses. Please see the programme structure links below, for the choice of elective (optional) courses.
Please note that elective courses will run subject to demand. You will be notified in advance if an alternative course choice is required.
Year 3: Masters
A research report of approximately 15,000 words. You can choose to submit this as a paper for publication with a supporting commentary.
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Master, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.
You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit.
Alternatively, after one year of taking courses, you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Master, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout the year you may only start a Master, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Master, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.
Scholarships and Funding
Online Commonwealth Scholarships: Clinical Education
We are offering 5 awards covering tuition fees. These scholarships will be awarded to outstanding candidates who are citizens of and resident in low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries.
The University of Edinburgh offers a small number of scholarships to outstanding candidates. These are very competitive. We publish data on the success rate for scholarship applications to help you understand the level of demand.
UK government postgraduate loans
If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.
The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:
- your programme
- the duration of your studies
- your tuition fee status