MClinEd Clinical Education (Part time)



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Studying for a Master’s in Clinical Education at UEA will set you apart as a leader and educator in your field. Designed for health and social care professionals, it’s a great way to develop your teaching, support and supervision skills, so that you can help others to learn, whether in clinical practice or higher education.

You can complete your MClinEd qualification in one year full-time or over three years part-time, during which you’ll explore clinical education theory and practice, and apply your knowledge and skills to work-based projects. You’ll develop fresh insights and a new level of critical thinking, and you’ll also get to grips with research methodologies.

If you are an excellent communicator and have a desire and aptitude for teaching, our course will open new doors for you. You could become a full-time educator, a mentor, or a supervisor in a health care setting. Either way, you’ll graduate ready to train and inspire the healthcare workforce of the future.


Our course offers you the ideal opportunity to learn from experienced clinical educators in an inter-professional context. During the first year, our teaching will be delivered online through our Virtual Learning Environment Blackboard, using a combination of asynchronous and synchronous methods.

All activities are designed to facilitate critical thinking, collaboration, workplace-based reflection and learning, and professional development.

The course attracts students from a variety of professional backgrounds, across the fields of health and social care, including intercalating MBBS students. This rich mix of student knowledge, skills and experience is an incredible resource, challenging you to think about the different ways different people learn and helping you grow into an adaptable and creative teacher in the future.

Throughout the course you’ll explore advances in both theory and practice in clinical education, and you’ll apply what you have learned to work-based projects. You will increase your knowledge and skills and broaden your perspective. You’ll also develop fresh insights and get motivated to bring about change and promote excellence in clinical education.

In addition to UK and EU students, our programme has been designed to meet the needs of international students who wish to study Clinical Education in a full-time capacity.

Course Structure

You can complete your MClinEd degree by studying for three years part-time or one year full-time.

During your time with us you will need to complete four compulsory modules:

  • Enhancing teaching learning & assessment in clinical education (20 credits)
  • Leading teaching learning & assessment in clinical education (40 credits)
  • Leading contemporary clinical education (20 credits)
  • Introduction to research methods (20 credits)

And one further research module (20 credits), which you will select from the following options:

  • Further quantitative research methods
  • Further qualitative research methods
  • Systematic reviews and research synthesis

Within your compulsory modules you will explore advances in both theory and practice in clinical education, and you’ll learn to apply your knowledge to the practical design and development of teaching and inquiry methods.

The clinical education modules are designed to help you reflect on your own learning in order to support learning in others. They will also help you develop the skills you need to design your own teaching programmes and techniques, in a way that is relevant to your discipline and clinical area.

The research modules will reinforce your skills and understanding of research methods, critical appraisal of research evidence and theory, and application of research evidence to education practice.

You will also complete your Master’s dissertation (60 credits), firstly identifying an appropriate research question on a topic related to teaching and/or learning for the clinical setting or clinical learning environment , then addressing it through a quantitative or qualitative research study, or through a systematic review.

Teaching and Learning


This programme is a collaborative initiative between the Norwich Medical School and the School of Health Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMH) at UEA. The Faculty has an excellent reputation and this course offers you the ideal opportunity to learn from experienced clinical educators in an inter-professional context.

During the first year (2020-21), the material will be delivered fully online with  asynchronous activities designed to facilitate critical thinking, collaboration, workplace-based reflection and learning, and your professional development as an educator.

Material is organised in blocks which will be released fortnightly/ monthly and you will be able to work through the course material at your own pace. In addition, each block will have a synchronous session delivered remotely, which is an opportunity to meet as a cohort with the tutor(s) for the teaching session.

Our intention in the second and third years of this course is to run a combination of face to face and online activities but this will be subject to government health advice at the time this activity takes place.

Independent study

As well as hours spent in the classroom, you will undertake pre- and post-class activities, independent study, and spend time preparing assignments.

Your independent study will be best exemplified by your Master’s dissertation project.


You will experience a variety of formative and summative assessments methods throughout the course. They include critical and reflective 4000-word essays, oral presentations of work-based projects (you will be required to upload a video recording to the course website), and course tests.

You’ll need to have access to teaching opportunities while you are on the course, to enable you to make concrete links between theory and practice, and to facilitate work-based projects. 

You will also be asked to design realistic research proposals and to prepare detailed lesson plans and you will submit a Master’s dissertation.

Study abroad or Placement Year

You’ll be need to have access to teaching opportunities while you are on the course, to enable you to make concrete theory-practice links, and to facilitate work-based projects.

If you’re an international student or you don’t have access to such opportunities for teaching, your course director will endeavor to identify suitable teaching opportunities for you. However, you will need to notify us about this before commencing the course.

After the course

Complete our MClinEd programme successfully and you’ll be eligible for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (MAcadMEd) as the course is accredited by both organisation.

What’s more, your Master’s will provide you with a variety of career options, such as a full-time educator, or a mentor or supervisor working in an education or healthcare setting. Whichever route you choose, you’ll be playing a vital role in developing the workforce and nurturing careers.

Our programme is designed to complement the relevant professional, statutory and regulatory body standards and frameworks, and is aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UKPSF).

Career destinations

  • Educator
  • Mentor
  • Supervisor
  • Educational setting
  • Healthcare setting

Course related costs

No additional costs anticipated beyond the course fees. Electronic reading lists are available for all modules and link to electronic and hard copy resources available in the UEA library.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module will introduce you to the underpinning educational theory and practice required to enhance your clinical education role, particularly as a clinical supervisor, mentor, or practice educator. It recognises the uniqueness of learning in clinical and practice settings and the importance of the role of the educator in facilitating learning which occurs in the context of client care.You will develop skills and experience professional socialisation which cannot readily be acquired elsewhere. The overall aim of the module is to provide you with a body of knowledge and principles to facilitate teaching, learning and assessment in practice-based settings. This will enable you to work effectively with learners who will become the workforce of the future and ultimately to improve services.



Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits


The purpose of this module is to provide students with a broad introduction to the methods used in Health Science Research. . The skills to be developed include being able to 1: recognise basic quantitative and qualitative research designs 2: recognise different data collection techniques 3: acquire a basic understanding of both statistical analysis and qualitative analysis; 4: critically appraise of the research literature.




By the end of this module, you will be able to: 1.Evaluate contemporary subject and pedagogic research and/or scholarship activities as part of evidence-based teaching and learning; 2.Critically analyse contemporary trends in methods for teaching and facilitating learning in medical/ clinical education; 3.Demonstrate the use of innovative technologies to enhance learning; 4.Demonstrate effective educational leadership capabilities applied to a range of knowledge and educational interventions and programmes. 5. Design an educational activity for a group of health care professionals using justified evidence-based methodology and an evaluation plan.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


The purpose of this module is to build on the coverage of qualitative methods and critical appraisal skills that were introduced and described in the Introduction to Research Methods module. The skills to be developed further include being able to 1. Gain further knowledge of the conduct of qualitative studies 2. Negotiate and acquire the practical skills needed in the planning and design, the data collection, the data analysis, and the data interpretation of a qualitative study.




This course builds on the quantitative methods covered in Introduction to Research Methods. It will add depth to the basic knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, study designs and statistics. Students will also take part in practical sessions where they will apply the statistical knowledge gained to describe and analyse datasets.




Findings from systematic reviews have been increasingly used by health policy makers, clinicians and patients for making decisions. A systematic review of available evidence is also often required for developing new research, and for interpreting findings from a primary study. The module will include the following contents: 1.Introduction, framing questions and inclusion/exclusion criteria 2.Sources of evidence and literature search strategy 3.Data extraction and validity assessment 4.Synthesizing evidence from qualitative studies 5.Synthesizing evidence from quantitative studies 6.Quality of systematic reviews and overview of reviews 7.Recent development in research synthesis methods 8.Systematic review protocol. The learning outcome will provide you with the skills and understanding to appraise and interpret published systematic reviews, to develop a protocol and undertake a systematic review. By the end of the module, you will be able to: #Frame questions appropriate for a systematic review #Design an appropriate literature search strategy #Assess the relevance and quality of primary studies #Qualitatively and quantitatively synthesize data from primary studies #Appropriately interpret findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis #Understand common pitfalls in systematic reviews and meta-analysis #Become familiar with recent method research relevant to systematic reviews.



Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module will allow you to illustrate the depth of knowledge that you have developed through the whole of your Master of Clinical Education and give you practical experience in conducting research. You are encouraged to consider the dissertation work for publication, either through the University or in peer-reviewed academic journals. If you are registering for the dissertation module you will be obliged to conduct a study that directly relates to teaching and/or learning for the clinical practice setting. The research dissertation comprises a written submission of 15,000 words and it contributes 60 credits to the total of 180 required to obtain the Master of Clinical Education. You will have three options to choose from: systematic literature review, research using qualitative methods or research using quantitative methods. The topic has to have a teaching and learning focus.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject A Health Care profession
  • Degree Classification Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.2 or equivalent
  • Alternative Qualifications The University will also consider applications from applicants with current registration as a health professional with an appropriate professional statutory regulatory body

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)
  • PTE: 65 (minimum 65 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

Alternative Qualifications

Acceptance of those who do not possess the formal qualifications normally required will depend on their general educational qualifications, professional experience and demonstrated capacity to benefit from the course.  In practice, this means that candidates should have:

  • a minimum of two years’ working experience in a health care setting, and
  • evidence of continuing professional development, and
  • two supportive references attesting to their suitability for the course, including at least one academic reference. Candidates who cannot provide an academic reference may be asked to attend a short academic skills course and will be asked to write a 1,000 word essay on a topic to be determined by the Course Directors. Such candidates may also be asked to attend for an interview.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the full course for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,850

Part-time students can pay per module studied. However, module fees may be subject to an annual increase.

For those applying under the Health Education England contract, contract prices will apply.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.

Please note that the closing date for receipt of complete applications (including all documentation and references) is 12 July 2020. However, the course may be full before the closing date and so candidates are advised to apply as early as possible.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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