Clinical Education PGDip

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
24 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
UK fees
£9,000 (Total)
International fees
£20,666 (Total)

Course overview

Clinical Education facilities at the School of Medicine

Our Clinical Education PGDip is a two-year part-time course designed to develop your skills and understanding of the core concepts of Clinical Education. Rooted in workplace learning, we encourage you to make critical and creative connections between your own – and your students’ – practice and theoretical perspectives on teaching, learning and assessment.

At Leeds, you will receive research-led teaching, coaching and supervision provided by a highly experienced, interdisciplinary team from the Faculty of Medicine and Health and practitioners from NHS Trusts.

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

teaching clinicians how to teach and train medics

Course details

Year 1 – PGCert Year (Blended Learning)

Learning and Teaching in Clinical Education – This module adopts a practice-based and inter-professional approach to clinical education in the workplace and higher education institutions. We introduce the concept of learning and teaching as situated social practice, and invite participants to explore their own learning and teaching experiences throughout the module. The content of the module includes analysis of various ways of designing sessions, courses or programmes, the introduction and evaluation of a range of learning and teaching strategies, including discussion of the educational theories which underpin them and opportunities to apply this knowledge in practical exercises.

Assessment and Evaluation in Clinical Education – This module adopts a practice-based and inter-professional approach to the assessment and evaluation of clinical education in the workplace and higher education institutions.

Participants are encouraged to draw on and present their own experience as learning opportunities throughout the module. The content of the module includes introducing the principles of good practice in assessment, the evaluation of a range of assessment strategies, critical analysis of current research into assessment and opportunities to apply this knowledge in practical exercises. We encourage students to integrate the skills and knowledge introduced during the module into their practice.

Year 2 – PGDip Year (Online Learning)

Developing Educational Practice – This 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.

Researching Clinical Education – This 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’ll develop skills in appraising as well as conducting research, and you will be 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 will 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 PGDip in the course catalogue

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Researching Clinical Education 30
Developing Educational Practice 30

Learning and teaching

Dates for Taught Units September 2024 commencement (provisional)

Year 1

Learning and Teaching in the Clinical Context

Unit 1 – October 2024 (4 days)

Unit 2 – November 2024 (3 days)

Assessment & Evaluation in the Clinical Context

Unit 1 – February 2025 (3 days)

Unit 2 - late March 2025 (3 days)

Year 2

Developing Educational Practice

Unit 1 – October 2025 (3 days)

Unit 2 – November 2025 (3 days)

Researching Clinical Education

Unit 1 – February 2026 (3 days)

Unit 2 – March 2026 (3 days)

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.


Entry requirements

A bachelor (hons) degree in a health-related subject with at least a 2:2. It is anticipated that you will have completed the PG Cert to progress onto the diploma.

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

How to apply

Application deadline: 7th June 2024.

Places are limited and, where necessary (for example, due to unprecedented demand), the University reserves the right to amend application deadlines.

Applications are considered on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications and experience.

You will need a letter of support from your manager at the workplace you will be based at during your Clinical Education programme studies. The letter needs to confirm 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. Additionally, the referee needs to confirm whether you are currently on a professional register relevant to your clinical practice and provide details of this. The reference should be provided on a headed document with either a stamp from the institution or an electronic signature.

If you are applying after completing a certificate programme at another institution then an additional academic reference from that programme should be supplied.

A 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.

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.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

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UK: £9,000 (Total)

International: £20,666 (Total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

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 on our living costs and budgeting page.

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.

Studying in the School of Medicine at Leeds is an amazing opportunity, but we know that the cost can be difficult for many people to meet. If you are keen to join us, a range of funding opportunities are available.

Career opportunities

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

Studying in the School of Medicine at Leeds is an amazing opportunity, but we know that the cost can be difficult for many people to meet. If you are keen to join us, a range of funding opportunities are available.

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 about Careers support.