Our MSc Clinical Education programme is designed to develop knowledge, skills and professional values in teaching and learning associated with clinical education. You will study alongside students from different clinical and geographical contexts including those from the wider multi-professional team (doctors, nurses, dentists and physician associates) and clinical staff with a role in medical, dental and nursing education. Our teaching faculty includes senior academics and lecturers from a variety of clinical backgrounds.
Our programme enables students to tailor their learning to the role of a clinical educator further developing particular interests with elective courses (e.g. simulation in clinical education) and/or with a Masters research project.
Students primarily enrol for Postgraduate Certificate (1st Year) before progressing to Postgraduate Diploma (2nd Year) and MSc (3rd year), subject to personal developmental goals.
The Diploma modules are designed to build on the knowledge and skills acquired during the Certificate stage, and to prepare and empower students for a role as an educational manager, leader and scholar through the development and application of advanced skills.
Completion of the Diploma will allow entry to Masters level. With support and guidance from a dedicated supervisor, students will design and conduct a research project. Students can write up their study in the form of a scientific paper/journal article and a research poster.
Teaching is delivered through our online virtual learning environment and incorporates a range of interactive teaching. The majority of the material can be studied in your own time and there are regular opportunities for peer and tutor interaction. Your learning will be focused around tutor-delivered material, peer discussion, directed self-study and assignments. Teaching materials include webinars, videos, discussion boards and podcasts.
How You'll Study
Teaching and learning methods will take a blended immersive approach offering interactive seminars, large and small group work, discussion forum activities with the use of online materials and methods. This encourages local students and those based in remote, rural and international locations to engage and collaborate.
Teaching and learning methods will place an emphasis on reflection applicable to students individual contexts. Not only will reflection be encouraged for the taught material but also the process by which it is taught. Students will be required and supported to reflect on their own experiences as learners and teachers. This will include methods such as peer observation and feedback on teaching.
Periods of self-directed and preparatory reading will be required. This will be enhanced and facilitated through the programmes virtual learning environment, for which full training will be provided.
A combination of written assignments, oral presentations, development of reflective portfolios and course work, are prescribed for courses within the programme. Assessments are also designed to provide students with transferable skills in clinical education (e.g. presentation of assignments in the form of oral or poster presentations, podcasts and writing a research report in the form of a scientific paper).
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
Applicants will usually possess an honours level degree, usually in a healthcare (e.g. MBChB, nursing or BDS) or healthcare related area (e.g. psychology) and currently be involved in teaching practice to be eligible.
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English Language Requirements
To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59
Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:
OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
Read more about specific English Language requirements here.
You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
By studying an MSc in Clinical Education at the University of Aberdeen you will have a solid grounding to enhance your role and career for teaching and learning in clinical and related education. You will develop expert knowledge and understanding of education that will enable you to help enhance and advance clinical educational practice.
Graduates of this programme have applied their knowledge and skills to their role as an educator in their existing clinical and academic post. However, many have gone on to develop as educators in a variety of roles such as Lecturers in Medical Education, Clinical Supervisors, and Simulation Faculty.
Many have also gone on to undertake lead roles in academic programmes, clinical post graduate training and conduct healthcare education research in areas as diverse as selection and assessment psychometrics.
Some of the career opportunities include:
- Further study (PhD)
- Clinical academic jobs in university settings, e.g. lecturer, researcher
- Clinical educational roles including those requiring recognition and approval by the General Medical Council such as educational supervisors, and lead roles such as directors of medical education or training programme director.
An MSc in Clinical Education from the University of Aberdeen will demonstrate to employers that you have the experience of applying the knowledge, skills and attitudes to the role of an educator in the context of clinical education.
The contacts that you make within the University and the Foresterhill Health Campus enhance the credibility of your degree and help establish your reputation as a contributor to essential research projects.