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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Services Administration Health Education

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

The overall aim of the course is to promote knowledge of, and research into, learning, teaching and communication in a clinical context, together with facilitating a reflective awareness of participants’ related skills and their ongoing development. The course allows candidates to progress from initial PGCert level to PGDip and MSc level qualifications. The Diploma route will normally take a year, while progression to the Masters degree entails completion of an in-depth research project, normally taking a further year.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at professionals from medical and other clinical backgrounds who are involved in teaching, or proposing to teach, medical students, doctors or other healthcare professionals. Participants will wish to develop their teaching, learning and communication skills to a high standard. Applicants will also be interested in the academic evidence base for medical and clinical education, and at Masters level will have the opportunity to pursue an in-depth, research-based dissertation.

Key areas of study

  • Professional identity as a teacher
  • Pedagogical practice in medical education
  • Advanced communication skills and strategies in medical education
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Simulation studies
  • Leadership and facilitation
  • Evidence-based clinical academic practice
  • Clinical education research and methodology

What are the benefits?

The course provides health professionals who have a significant element of education within their clinical work with the credibility, credentialing and personal development opportunities to become excellent specialist medical and clinical educators. Students will have the opportunity to further their career in clinical education as well as clinical practice, and will have the academic grounding to confidently address educational issues and standards in their professional roles as clinicians and educators.

Students can also exit with PGDip award.


The Dissertation module involves a personal research project and is assessed by a 12,000 word thesis plus academic poster for publication in an appropriate academic journal.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Students need to pay £9,500 for MSc full time entry and £6,168 for PGDip. The same will also be applicable for Island students. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

This course is open to health professionals who will normally have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education or Simulation in Clinical Practice at BSMS, or the equivalent from other institutions. It is expected that teaching will form a significant element in your professional role.