MSc/Pg Dip/Pg Cert Clinical Education

Why study with us?

Reasons to study the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education

Our online programme has been running for over 10 years and we have built this experience into its planning and delivery. We understand that our participants are from around the world, are often working full time, can be working complicated shift patterns, and often studying for professional exams. This, combined with the demands of family life, can make undertaking academic study challenging. The online nature of this programme provides flexibility along with the opportunity to be part of a world-wide community of scholars.  You will have the opportunity to engage with your peers through live online tutorials and discussions.  

We are proud to say that we have achieved a satisfaction score of 100% for two years running in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.

Read about the experience of some of our students and graduates

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Arfang Faye

Arfang Faye recently graduated with distinction from the MSc Clinical Education.  Learn about the impact his studies on his ability to teach midwives and nurses, as well as his work with pregnant women and new mothers in The Gambia.


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Ayesha Hanif

Ayesha is a dentist and clinical lecturer in Pakistan.  "I can say with pride that I have already proposed some changes at work based on the methods I have learned.  It has been inspiring to see the work ethic, dedication to teach, knowledge and support from the tutors.  Despite this being a distance learning course, I am grateful to have already made friends from many different backgrounds and this will be one of my cherished outcomes from studying this programme at the University of Edinburgh".

Tracey Jones 

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Tracey is a Veterinary Physiotherapist in the UK and has just joined Year 1 of the programme.  "Having applied for the MSc in Clinical education I was not only very excited but a little apprehensive. Although passionate and have a love for the work and teaching I currently do, as a mature student would my qualifications and experience be adequate to secure me a place on this popular course?  I really need not have worried, the support given during the application process has been amazing. Debbie Spence, e-Programme Support Officer thank you, your caring dedication to even your potential students inspired me, I am confident this is a course of high standards and quality but more so one in which its students are supported… you are not just a number".


I've spoken to more people online than if I were sitting in a classroom.  You build up relationships and do the normal stuff you would do in the classroom but can speak to more people.  There's a sense of freedom to speak.

Claire2nd year student

The Postgraduate in Clinical Education  is a valuable and interesting course with an excellent variety of teaching and assessment methods.   I have found the flexible approach to accessing materials extremely useful.

Ian MorrisConsultant Neonatalogist

The Clinical Education programme has opened my mind about clinical teaching.  I am sharing my knowledge with my manager and colleagues about how the learning theories fit into our daily professional work and applying clinical assessment in my workplace.  They now understand the importance of a well-established clinical learning programme in the hospital, and how this can influence the nurses' professional development.  This programme also allows me to incorporate my daily clinical work into my studies.

Rosa FungRegistered Nurse and Clinical Educator, Australia


I have been very fortunate to be able to study the MSc Clinical Education, and have already started applying the knowledge I gained to various aspects of my teaching.

Dr Pedro AbrantesLecturer, Medical Microbiology, Cape Town, South Africa

Well-structured, tutorials were engaging and the lectures were very interesting.  This course was very relevant for my daily educational practice.

My studies have helped me immensely in my professional work.  Accepting a (new) role as a specialist would not have felt as comfortable without my Master's degree to give validity and confidence .

Joanne GoldstoneSenior Clinical Education and Training Specialist - Laboratory Services, Winnipeg, Canada

Also see students and graduates sharing their experience of studying on the programme. 

The programme places the student at the centre of learning and aims to embody academic hospitality which Bennet (2000) described as,"...letting others know they matter as fellow enquirers and working towards mutual interaction and reciprocity." Fundamental to this is understanding of our learners' needs for flexibility, accessibility and compatibility of the programme with their professional lives.

Our assessments encourage students to critically reflect on their learning, drawing on their own experiences, interaction with others and applying theory to their own situation and workplace. These assessments progressively develop into materials of real value to their work as clinical educators.

We construct a safe and supportive environment in which learners with different backgrounds, needs and experience can develop academic skills in dialogue with a community of peers.  We aim to foster a mutually supportive and scholarly community of clinical educators which continues beyond graduation.

The programme team and tutors come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring a breadth of knowledge to your studies. We are also engaged in our own research projects and integrate this experience into the programme.