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MEd Clinical Education

Key facts

Start date January 2020

Duration/mode 24 months part time

UK/EU fees £7,000 (total)

Additional cost information

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

Language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.

This course is available to UK/EU residents only


The MEd Clinical Education prepares healthcare professionals to lead and respond to innovation and change in clinical teaching, learning and assessment.

Individual practice as a clinical educator is explored within the wider context of your role as change agent and advocate for curriculum and policy development across and within the multi-professional clinical field,

Based in an award-winning institute, Leeds Institute of Medical Education holds four ASPIRE awards in recognition of its international excellence in medical education. You will:

  • debate and discuss the key themes and issues in clinical education
  • explore the differences between clinical and educational research
  • undertake introductory research training in educational research with the opportunity to design and conduct small-scale empirical research on a topic relevant to the clinical education workplace.

The course is part-time and rooted in workplace learning, encouraging you to make critical and creative connections between your own – and your students’ – practice and theoretical perspectives on teaching, learning and assessment.

This part-time course, with an intake every year, takes twenty-four months to complete and normally starts in January. There are three compulsory modules which all students must complete in the specified order. The first two modules are delivered on three consecutive days of teaching held four times a year. The final, dissertation, module is completed individually with support from an academic supervisor.

The course is held at an external venue in Leeds. The dates are set in advance and it is important that you ensure you can attend all the taught days before commencing the course.

Research-led teaching, coaching and supervision is provided by a highly experienced, interdisciplinary team drawn from the Faculty of Medicine and Health and practitioners from NHS Trusts.

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Course content

The MEd offers a deep and critical knowledge of the policy and practice of clinical education and of the research which it inspires. You will learn with and from an interdisciplinary and interprofessional team of tutors and peers in a collaborative and participative learning environment, Your learning throughout the course will draw on, and make connections to your real world experience as a clinical educator.

The Innovation and Change in Clinical Education module centres on a collaborative project which enables you to explore, and apply, a range of approaches to curriculum development and technology-enhanced learning. This is underpinned by depth discussion of contemporary theoretical perspectives on learning. The module also offers scope to identify and negotiate areas of change for further exploration and debate, for example, new professions in healthcare, models of leadership in healthcare education and globalisation.

The Researching Clinical Education module provides a critical introduction to research planning, including ethical research principles, how to distinguish clinical from educational research, and explains methods of capturing and handling research data. You will develop skills in appraising as well as conducting research and are supported in developing a research project to complete in the final year,

The Clinical Education Dissertation module enables you to apply your skill and knowledge of research methods and methodology by completing and writing-up a small-scale empirical study on a topic of your own choosing. You work independently with guidance from a research supervisor.

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

We emphasise participative, learner-centred and active learning approaches to learning and teaching.

Dates for Taught Units 2019/20 Academic Year

Module 1 – MEDS5108M: Innovation and Change in Clinical Education

  • Unit 1 – January 2020 TBC
  • Unit 2 – March 2020 TBC

Module 2 – MEDS5109M: Researching Clinical Education

  • Unit 1 – July 2020 TBC
  • Unit 2 – September 2020 TBC

Research Update Day to be held in May 2021 and September/October 2021, TBC.

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

Successful completion of all modules on time will result in graduation in July 2022.

The taught blocks will be held at an external venue in Leeds.


Each module is assessed by individual written assignments. These take the form of:

  • a reflective case study linked to the collaborative project (3,000 words) and an essay (3,000 words).
  • a literature review and research protocol (including draft application for ethical approval) linked to your proposed research project.
  • dissertation (12,000 words)

You will be required to complete each module and associated coursework successfully before proceeding to the next module. Your results in all modules count towards the final qualification.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

  • A bachelor (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.
  • A minimum of three years’ full time experience post-qualification (or part-time equivalent) in practice and in teaching.
  • Involved in education and training in current role.

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

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

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the entry requirements.

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 any component.. 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: 3 December 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 one 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 one of your two references.)
  • copy of your degree certificate, or equivalent.
  • professional body documentation or number (GMC, NMC, etc.).
  • sponsorship/funding confirmation letter, where applicable. Find more information about sponsorship here.
  • copy of your IELTS results, where applicable.

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

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: £7,000 (total)
International fees: Not applicable

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Residential accommodation and 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

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

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Career opportunities

Past graduates of this course have gone on to gain promotion within the area of education and training in their professional fields.

Others have progressed to Clinical Education doctoral study.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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