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MEd Clinical Education

Key facts

Start date January 2019

Duration/mode 24 months part time

UK/EU fees £5,000 (total)

International fees Not relevant

Additional cost information

Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a related subject + professional registration and experience

Language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking


The specialist MEd Clinical Education here at Leeds provides a work-related and academically robust route for healthcare professionals engaged in clinical teaching and learning.

According to our philosophy of inter-professional education, you will work with other healthcare professionals to learn how to develop an environment which facilitates learning across and within the multi-professional clinical field.

On completion of the course you will have a deeper understanding of the design, delivery, assessment and evaluation of learning and teaching in clinical settings and higher education.

The programme is part-time and is centred in students’ workplace learning, encouraging students to make critical and creative connections between their own – and their students’ – practice and theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning. The Masters also covers leadership and management, in relation to curriculum development, and supports students to complete small-scale empirical research. Recent topics included: teaching calculations to pharmacy UGs; educational implications of electronic prescribing; evaluating peer assessment in Dental Foundation Training; learning to care for the dying; the educational needs of Health Care Assistants in Endoscopy; paramedic placements in rural and urban settings; and the impact of less than full-time working amongst specialist trainees.

More information
The programme provides research-led teaching and coaching from a highly experienced, interdisciplinary team of expert tutors. These are drawn from the Faculty of Medicine and Health, Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber, the School of Education, and practitioners from NHS Trusts.

The programme consists of 3 taught modules and the taught units of modules MEDS5108M and MEDS5109M are held in Leeds. The sessions are usually run four times a year and consist of three consecutive days of teaching. The dates are set in advance and it is important that you ensure you can attend all the taught days before commencing the programme.

This is a part-time course, which has an intake in every year. The Master of Education (Clinical Education) course spans a twenty-four month period and consists of compulsory modules which all students must complete in the specified order.

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Course content

The programme will offer learners a part-time, blended learning programme which has been designed with the needs of health care practitioners in mind. The programme offers a generous proportion of contact time, including direct observation of teaching in practice and regular opportunities for micro-teaching as part of the MEd. The programme offers a high level of support for academic and research skills development which is specifically tailored to practice-based adult learners. Academic leadership of the programme is informed by the wider strategy, values and standards of the University of Leeds which enables us to provide students with an inspirational experience of research-led teaching in and for practice which they, in turn, will seek to emulate in their own clinical education context. A key aspect of this experience is the influence that excellence in clinical education research and teaching exerts on public policy and practice, which the course team models throughout the programme for both students and the healthcare stakeholders supporting and benefitting from their studies.

The university’s values of community, inclusiveness, integrity and professionalism are, within our programme, also underpinned by and in dialogue with the values espoused by healthcare professionals. Patient safety, public protection and trust are revisited throughout the programme, where they provide a touchstone for debates about learning, teaching and assessment in practice. The capacity to develop and demonstrate this synergy between academic theory and professional practice is drawn partly from the wider university infrastructure, partly from the rich diversity of experience and collaborative approach which characterises the Programme Management Team and partly from the knowledge transfer and networking which results from the observation of teaching in the learners.

As students move through the programme, the emphasis shifts from their individual practice as clinical educators to a concern with their wider roles, as change agents and advocates for learning and teaching within a broader context. To support this, there is a critical engagement with evidence-based teaching and learning, and support in developing both the capacity to critique research and to design and conduct small-scale empirical research on issues and topics relevant to clinical education workplace. A distinctive feature of the programme, which will be enhanced by the move to School of Medicine, is the Clinical Education Alumni Network, which encourages and supports graduates to disseminate their research via conference presentations or scholarly journals and thus contributes to building research capacity. A further distinctive feature of the programme is the inter-professional and interdisciplinary nature of the course and programme teams which draws on expertise from a range of clinical professions and academic disciplines across the social and healthcare sciences and diverse teaching experience in clinical and non-clinical workplaces and tertiary institutions.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Clinical Education MEd in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Demonstrating our philosophy of inter-professional education, you’ll be taught by expert academics and clinicians from the Faculty of Medicine and Health and practitioners from NHS Trusts.

Learning and teaching emphasises participative, learner-centred and active learning approaches and introduces students to a range of learning and teaching modes and strategies, in order that they can experience a variety of approaches to learning, some of which they may be using themselves in their professional lives and some with which they may be unfamiliar. These include: lectures, seminars, tutorials, teaching with patients, enquiry-based learning, peer learning and assessment, teaching with simulators, collaborative learning, peer and tutor assessed micro-teaching in the classroom and the clinical skills lab, and observed teaching in practice, practical skills workshops, problem-based learning, student presentations, peer observations, e-learning and blended learning. Throughout, the learning draws on, and makes connections with, the real-world experiences of the learners.

Dates for Taught Units 2018/19 Academic year

Module- MEDS5108M- Innovation and Change in Clinical Education

Unit 1- TBC January 2019

Unit 2- TBC March 2019

Module- MEDS5109M- Researching Clinical Education

Unit 1- TBC July 2019

Unit 2- TBC July 2019

Year 2

Module- MEDS5110M- Clinical Education Disseration

Research update day in May 2019 and September/October 2019 TBC

Please contact us if you have any issues regarding attendance before apply.

All dates will be held at an external venue in Leeds.


Achievement for the Masters in Clinical Education will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:

  • Demonstrating the ability to apply breath and/or depth of knowledge to the design, delivery, assessment, evaluation and appraisal of learning and teaching in the clinical setting and/or tertiary education context uni-, multi-or inter-professional contexts.
  • Drawing on a range of perspectives on learning theory, learning in the workplace, clinical education and the design and delivery of learning, teaching and assessment in clinical education.
  • Evaluating policy, current practice issues and research relevant to the clinical context and clinical education.
  • Demonstrating a theoretically informed approach curriculum design, review and development.
  • Demonstrating understanding of leadership and the management of change relation clinical education.
  • Demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and depth of knowledge to the design and conduct of research.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor 2:2 (Hons) degree in a health-related subject.

Postgraduate certificate (60 credits at level 7) in clinical education or equivalent.

Entry on the appropriate professional register, e.g. member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, member of the Health Professions Council, entry on the appropriate parts of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, member of the General Medical Council, member of the General Dental Council.

Minimum experience three years full time (or equivalent part time) in practice and in teaching.

Involved in education and training as part of their current role.

Applicants whose first language is not English will also need to meet the following English Language Requirements: For example:

  • IELTS 7.0 with no grade below 6.5 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Each application is judged on a case by case basis

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Clinical Education Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


How to apply

Deadline: 4th January 2019. Please contact us if you want to apply after this date.


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you MUST include as part of your application:

  • Two referee details- please ensure the details are correct and that we have permission to contact them for a reference.
  • Personal statement (minimum 1 paragraph)- outlining your reasons for wishing to undertake the course, details of relevant experience and how you will be able to satisfy the teaching requirements for the assessment. You should demonstrate through the supporting statement how the course will be of direct benefit to your personal and professional development.
  • Letter of support from your manager, confirming that you are and will be engaged in teaching in your work place as part of your role and that you will be given sufficient teaching time to meet the assessment requirements for the course. (This can be counted as 1 of your 2 references)
  • Copy of your degree certificate, or equivalent
  • Professional body documentation or number (GMC, NMC etc.)
  • Sponsorship/funding confirmation letter http://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/10210/paying_fees_and_charges/609/sponsored_students
  • Copy of your IELTS results, if applicable

Please ensure you include the above documentation where possible. Not doing so will delay your application and jeopardise your place on the programme.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: £5,000 (total)
International fees: Not relevant

£2,500 per year

Residential accommodation or travel is not included in the course fees.

Additional cost information

The taught sessions are located off campus, details will be sent out after registration.

Scholarships and financial support

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Career opportunities

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