MSc/Pg Dip/Pg Cert Clinical Education

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Entry requirements and applying for the MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert in Clinical Education

Thank you for your interest in the Clinical Education Programme.   

You may apply for the MSc (3 years part-time), Postgraduate Diploma (2 years part-time) or the Postgraduate Certificate (1 year part-time).  At the point of application, it is not important which of the above routes you choose, as we will ask you at the end of each academic year whether you wish to graduate or continue. 

If you graduate with a Certificate or Diploma, you can return within 5 years of graduation to complete the higher qualification(s).

We would advise you to apply as early as possible, as we may need to restrict numbers this year.

Please apply via our online form:

Clinical Education (Online Distance Learning) Application Form

The closing date for applications is listed on the online application webpage

Qualifications and Experience

We welcome applications from those with an educational role in relation to healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, dentists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, veterinary practitioners, or associated scientists (biomedical or social).  You should:

  • Have a primary clinical qualification such as an MBChB, BVS, BDS, Bachelor of Nursing, or a UK 2:1 honours undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, or their international equivalents;.
  • Currently be teaching in clinical or educational settings.

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.

Personal Statement

You must include a personal statement with your application. This should include details of why you want to undertake the programme, the qualifications, experience and attributes you bring to the programme, and how it fits with your future career plans (300-500 words).

The statement must include details of your experience of teaching health professionals.  This experience must have been gained since graduation and may involve any level of student or post graduate training.  The courses and assignments that make up the programme ask you to draw on your teaching and integrate it with theory; this is difficult if you have limited experience.  If information on your teaching is limited, the programme team will need to contact you for more details; this may delay a decision on your application which could be critical if the programme is nearly full. 

Please write your personal statement carefully as these are scrutinised by the programme team during the applicant selection process.

Scholarships and Funding

The University of Edinburgh has a useful scholarship search tool.  

Many of the scholarship schemes offer a limited number of scholarships and receive a large number of applications.  You may find it useful to read the University's funding tips document before you apply.  If you are not successful in obtaining a scholarship, please contact us and we can advise you further,  

Polish School of Medicine Scholarships

For Polish medical scientists at the outset of their careers to undertake a period of further study or research.  For more information see:


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have previous postgraduate study in a related field, please contact us to discuss your route into the programme.

More information

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