MSc/Pg Dip/Pg Cert Clinical Education

Programme Structure

The Masters in Clinical Education is an online, taught postgraduate programme, developed by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and NHS Education for Scotland – South East Region.

The Postgraduate Certificate can be completed in 1 year part-time, the Postgraduate Diploma in 2 years part-time and the MSc in 3 years part-time.  The programme is very flexible and you may even opt to take time out if work or family life impact too much on study time.  There may also be some flexibility in the length of the programme of study, so please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.  

During term time, you should be prepared to spend an average of 15-20 hours per week engaged in study, with study time intensifying prior to submission of your assignments.

If you have undertaken previous study at postgraduate level in a related subject, eg Medical Education, Health Professions Education etc, you may be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), if your qualification is less than 5 years old and there is comparability between the courses studied and our courses.  Please contact us for more information at

Our online programme involves the same level of work as our on-campus programmes and the qualification you receive, is of equal value.  

Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, enables you to apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - now Advance HE.  You can also apply for membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).

The programme has been divided into a sequence of inter-related components, or courses, each of which is 10 weeks in duration.  The academic year runs from September to May in Years 1 and 2, and September to August in Year 3.  Course material is delivered online via our dedicated website and we deliver online synchronous tutorials. Students use self-directed learning, peer-discussion boards, tutorials, peer presentations and other similar e-learning activities to engage with the course materials.

The programme has one intake per year, in September.  

Please note that the courses shown below are indicative and may be subject to change.


Image of the Clinical Education programme structure

Year one

Courses for the Postgraduate Certificate

Year two

Courses for the Postgraduate Diploma

Year three

Pathways for Year 3