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Clinical Education PgCert, PgDip, MSc

Clinical Education PgCert, PgDip, MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Care / Medicine Teaching / Training Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

You explore and analyse education theory and practical application of education leadership in a clinical environment. The programme is ideal if you want to become a clinical educator or improve your teaching, mentoring and coaching skills in a clinical environment. You learn about how to become a confident clinical educator. The programme is delivered part time to allow you to fit this around your existing commitments and you can progress each qualification to an MSc in your third year of study.

PgCert courses include: Core Values of Clinical Educators, Planning and Design of Clinical Educators, Teaching and Facilitating Learning in Clinical Education, Principles of Assessment in Clinical Education, and Study Skills for Life.

PgDip courses include: Leadership in Higher / Clinical Education, Fundamentals of Research Design, Fundamentals of Data Management and Analysis, Beyond Your Degree. Optional courses include: Teaching and Learning Simulation, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Clinical Learning and Personal Development in Primary Care, Professionalism in Clinical Education, and Self- Selected Study Course

  • Medicine is ranked 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • This programme allows you to become an educator whether you work in medical sciences, dentistry, veterinary sciences or healthcare professions.
  • We are ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for Medicine (Guardian League Table 2019)

You undertake a research project in clinical education for an award of an MSc. You study via a blended approach which offers you online interactive seminars, large and small group work, online materials and methods, a video conferencing option if you are located rurally or remotely, self-directed reading and peer observations of teaching practice. Graduates go on to further study and academic positions, educational roles with approval from the General Medical Council and lead roles in medical education and training programmes.

The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition research across the most important areas of understanding in health sciences. The Institute of Applied Health Sciences offers an outstanding range of research groups in: Academic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Academic Child Health, Academic Primary Care, Academic Urology, the Centre for Rural Health, Chronic Disease Research, Epidemiology, the Health Economics Research Unit, Health Psychology, Health Services Research Unit, the Medical Statistics Team and Respiratory. There is a further Institute of Medical Sciences which offers cutting edge biomedical subjects, aimed at understanding how the human body functions and the world renowned Rowett Institute. The Rowett Institute is at the forefront of research into human health and wellbeing as a result of the food we eat, our gut functionality, environment and nutritional needs.

The University of Aberdeen is the 5th oldest university in the UK. Founded by visionary Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495 it continues world class research and innovation. Initially aligned to great European universities it attracts international academics, industries and students. Facilities include the beautiful medieval campus, stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library with panoramic views, food and drink outlets and wide-ranging study facilities.

Aberdeen is one of the leading world energy hubs with over 900 related companies located in the city, of which 20 are FTSE 100 companies. The city is compact, and it offers great architecture, retail, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, travel, and connectivity to Royal Deeside and the Highlands. There are options to keep fit or compete at the Aberdeen Sports Village with further outdoor activities available in the wider region.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time day


36 months

Start date



Core Values of Clinical Educators - Core
Planning and Design of Clinical Education - Core
Principles of Assessment in Clinical Education - Core
Study Skills for Life - Core
Teaching and Facilitating Learning in Clinical Education - Optional
Leadership in Higher / Clinical Education - Core
Fundamentals of Research Design - Core
Fundamentals of Data Management and Analysis - Core
Beyond Your Degree - Core
Research Project in Clinical Education - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Honours degree in nursing, healthcare, psychology or related area

University information

The University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK and 3rd oldest university in Scotland. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495 to provide academic learning across many of the subjects it teaches and researches today. Aberdeen attracts over 3,500 postgraduate students internationally, studying on campus and online. There are 12 schools: Business School Divinity, History and Philosophy Education Language,...more

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