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Clinical Education (Online Learning)

The University of Edinburgh

36 months
5135 GBP/year
5135 GBP/year
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The Clinical Education (Online Learning) programme at The University of Edinburgh takes advantage of our world-renowned expertise to enhance your abilities to teach and assess students in a clinical environment. 


This is an ideal programme for those with an educational role in relation to healthcare professionals and veterinary practitioners, including doctors, nurses, dental practitioners, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, those involved with veterinary education or associated scientists (biomedical or social).

Our aim is to help you reflect upon, and share thoughts about, your practice, while increasing your understanding of how to apply educational theories and evidence from the literature. As a result you will learn the knowledge and skills you need to deliver, develop and research high-quality clinical education in your own discipline.

The Clinical Education (Online Learning) programme at The University of Edinburgh is affiliated with NHS Education for Scotland and the University's Global Health Academy.

Upon completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, and by meeting qualifying criteria, you will be eligible to apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. 

We are members of the Academy of Medical Educators and on completion of the Postgraduate Certificate and by meeting their qualifying criteria, you can apply for Membership through the shortened route.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to enhance your prospects as a teacher and instructor in human or animal health.

It promotes high quality clinical education by helping you reflect upon and share insights about your practice, to understand and apply educational theories and evidence from literature, and to help you develop a good solid foundation in clinical education and educational research upon which to build your academic career.


The programme is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Programme Structure

Year 1: certificate

Courses previously offered include:

  • Principles of Teaching and Learning
  • Assessment, Examinations and Standard Setting
  • The Curriculum

Year 2: diploma 

You will study Research in Clinical Education along with 2 elective courses. Please see the programme structure links below, for the choice of elective (optional) courses.

Please note that elective courses will run subject to demand. You will be notified in advance if an alternative course choice is required.

Year 3: masters

A research report of approximately 15,000 words. You can choose to submit this as a paper for publication with a supporting commentary.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  •  We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


180 alternative credits
  • MSc - 180
  • PgDip - 120
  • PgCert - 60
  • PgProfDev - 50



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A primary clinical qualification, such as an MBChB, BVS, BDS, Bachelor of Nursing, or a UK 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject, or their international equivalents.
  • We will also consider your application if you have a biomedical science qualification or a non-university professional qualification, such as Registered General Nurse, with appropriate clinical experience.
  • You must be currently teaching in clinical or educational settings. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5135 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5135 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5135 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5135 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • PgProfDev: 10 credits £860; 20 credits £1,715



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