Clinical Education MEd

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Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
36 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a related subject and professional registration and experience.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.
UK fees
£12,750 (total)
International fees
£28,000 (total)

Course overview

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Develop your skills and understanding of the core concepts of Clinical Education and become an exceptional education practitioner. Rooted in workplace learning, our course is designed to encourage you to make critical and creative connections between your own – and your students’ – practice and theoretical perspectives on teaching, learning and assessment.

Whether you're from clinical settings or Higher Education institutions, this course will develop your understanding of the education and assessment of the next generation of clinical practitioners.

With us, you will:

  • debate and discuss the central themes and issues in clinical education

  • explore the differences between clinical and educational research

  • undertake introductory research training in educational research

  • design and conduct small-scale empirical research on a topic relevant to the clinical education workplace.

You will complete the first year (PGCert year) with two compulsory modules, delivered using flexible blended learning. There are also two compulsory modules in the second year (PGDip year) which all students need to complete in a specified order. However, the second year of our course is delivered completely online. In your final year (MEd year), you’ll complete a dissertation with support from an academic supervisor completely online.

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Course details

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.

There are five compulsory modules in this MEd Clinical Education which all students must complete in the specified order. The first two modules (PGCert year) use a flexible blended delivery. The other three modules over year 2 and 3 are delivered in a completely online format. Research-led teaching, coaching and supervision is provided by a highly experienced, interdisciplinary team drawn from the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

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

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Learning and Teaching in the Clinical Context 30
Assessment and Evaluation in the Clinical Context 30

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Researching Clinical Education 30
Developing Educational Practice 30

Year 3 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Clinical Education Dissertation 60

Learning and teaching

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.

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

Dates for Taught Units September 2023 commencement (provisional)

Year 1

Learning and Teaching in the Clinical Context

Unit 1 – October 2023 (4 days)

Unit 2 – November 2023 (3 days)

Assessment & Evaluation in the Clinical Context

Unit 1 – February 2024 (3 days)

Unit 2 - late March 2024 (3 days)

Year 2

Developing Educational Practice

Unit 1 – October 2024 (3 days)

Unit 2 – November 2024 (3 days)

Researching Clinical Education

Unit 1 – February 2025 (3 days)

Unit 2 – March 2025 (3 days)

Year 3


On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Developing Educational Practice is assessed by an essay and a group project followed by an individual written assignment. Researching Clinical Education is assessed by the production of a research proposal and protocol. 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.


Entry requirements

A bachelor (hons) degree in a health-related subject with at least a 2:2. Entry on the appropriate professional register

It is a course requirement that you be working in a clinical or educational setting with the opportunity to engage in some form of teaching, training, or mentoring.

Accreditation of prior learning to allow entry at a later stage in the course will be considered on a case by case basis, dependent on the qualifications held and evidence provided.

International students

Due to the nature of blended teaching in the first year of the programme (PG Cert level), the first year is not available to study by applicants who are outside the UK. Direct entry to year 2 of the programme (PG Dip level) is available to international applicants who already have a PG Cert in Clinical, Medical or Healthcare Professional Education.

Direct entry to year 3 of the programme (MEd level) is only possible if applicants hold a PG Diploma in Clinical, Medical or Healthcare Professional Education studied at the University of Leeds. Language requirement is IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.

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.

How to apply

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page 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.

Applications are considered on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications and experience. Applications may close before the deadline date if numbers accepted reach capacity.

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

  • Two referees must be supplied at the point of application. One of the two references should be a letter of support from your manager, confirming that you are and will be engaged in teaching in your workplace as part of your role and that you will be given sufficient teaching time to meet the assessment requirements for the course. The reference should be provided on a headed document with either a stamp from the institution or an electronic signature.
  • 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

  • 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.

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UK: £12,750 (total)

International: £28,000 (total)

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

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Part-time fees
Fees for part-time courses 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.

Additional cost information

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

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

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.

Career opportunities

Past graduates of this course have gone on to gain promotions in their relevant areas 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.