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Master of Arts in Clinical Education

Information for prospective students

 

The inter-professional MA in Clinical Education at UCLMS addresses the contemporary context, educational theory and practical teaching skills relevant to practitioners of all disciplines involved in education and training in the clinical environment. 

The MA in Clinical Education addresses the contemporary context, educational theory and practical teaching skills relevant to practitioners of all disciplines involved in the education and training of Doctors and other health care workers. The MA in Clinical Education was developed as a collaborative project between the London Deanery and the Institute of Education.

The MA in Clinical Education enables participants to apply research and analytical procedures in order to:

  • appraise critically, design and develop clinical educational practice 

  • give critical consideration to clinical educational practice and to critique existing 
paradigms and approaches 

  • identify new questions about clinical education, its contexts and modes of development 

  • successfully write essays and to conduct research in clinical education which is of value in developing policy and professional practice 
The MA in Clinical Education programme team will try to create a community of learners capable of: 

  • collaborative learning 

  • mutual learning 

  • critical thinking 

  • independent study 
To accomplish these goals, participants will be presented with a wide range of teaching and learning activities. Their use will vary within individual modules. 


 

What does it involve?

The MA in Clinical Education draws from a range of modules across UCLMS taught Master’s programmes and comprises three core modules, an extended piece of written work - either a dissertation (60 credits) or a report (30) in the area of study - and optional modules up to an overall total of 180 credits.

 

How long does it take?

One year full time or two to five years part-time.

 

Who is it for?

Practitioners of all disciplines involved in education and training in the clinical environment.

 

What are the entry requirements?

You should have a good honours degree and relevant professional experience.

 

What are the core and optional modules available ?

     The MA in Clinical Education draws from a range of modules across UCL Medical School and the Institute of Education’s taught Masters’ programmes and comprises one core module, an extended piece of written work – either a dissertation (60 credits) or a report (30) in the area of study – and optional modules up to an overall total of 180 credits. For a Master's degree to be awarded, successful completion of a minimum of 180 credits is required. 


MA Clinical Education Programme Handbook 2016-17 Page 6 of 68

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MA Clinical Education Programme Handbook 2016-17

The core module is Contemporary Issues in Clinical Education (30 credits)

In addition, for their optional module students may choose from across the entire range of taught MA modules at UCL and the Institute. The UCL IOE offers a considerable range of modules. All modules are run within UCLMS and the IOE subject to there being sufficient numbers to make them viable. Recommended optional modules (30 credits/15 credits) for this course are as follows:

  • Teaching and Learning in Medical Education 

  • Introduction to Assessment 

  • Quality Improvement in Health Care 

  • Teaching Ethics and Law in Clinical Education 

  • Education for Health Professionals 

  • Leadership Skills for the Healthcare Professional 

  • Qualitative Research Approaches for Clinical Education 

  • Writing a Research Proposal 

  • Introduction to Clinical Simulation 

  • Understanding Education Research 

  • Innovation and Change in Higher and Professional Education 

  • Technology and Education beyond the Classroom 

  • Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice 

  • Understanding Research 

  • Learning and Teaching for Adults 

  • Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 


 

All of the core and optional modules may be undertaken as stand-alone short courses.

 

Tell me more about the core modules

Contemporary Issues in Clinical Education is the unique core module at the heart of this new award. The module is delivered in 10 three-hour evening sessions and will address the challenges faced by clinical educators providing a contextual backdrop against which other modules of more general educational relevance can be placed.  Topics to be covered include: curriculum design and development, selection for education and training, clinical education and the patient, professionalism and the nature of expertise, inter-professional education, simulation, the pedagogy of the one-to-one, assessment and continuing professional development.

Learning and Teaching for Adults is predicated on the principle that understanding how adults learn underpins effective teaching. A range of theoretical perspectives are used to analyse the roles of teachers, the activity of teaching, the roles of learners, processes of learning and the ways in which teaching and learning are both shaped by the wider organisational context and the knowledge teachers are seen as imparting. The module is suitable for teachers of adults of all ages and for those associated with learning support and the management of learning. 

Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education offers a choice of two (out of five) short courses aimed at developing specific skills.  Each course is run over two days and counts for 15 credits.

  • Developing supervisory and professional practice provides an opportunity to examine, explore and integrate a range of practical and theoretical issues that underpin supervision and professional development in a workshop setting.
  • Designing courses and curricula will provide course members with an opportunity to examine, explore and integrate a range of practical and theoretical issues relating to course design, in a workshop setting.
  • Improving lecturing will cover: lecturing and learning; the place of the lecture in a course; the nature of the lecture and ‘alternative’ lecturing; approaches to and conceptions of lecturing; evaluating the lecture; the practice of lecturing (including practical video-taped sessions).
  • Learning in small groups aims to provide participants with an opportunity to examine, explore and integrate a range of practical and theoretical issues of small group teaching, in a workshop setting.  The module raises new opportunities for the provision of excellence in teaching and learning, including the development of creative thinking, teamwork, problem solving and interpersonal skills. 
  • Using ICT will explore the effective use of information technology in higher and professional education.

 

How is the course assessed?

Most modules are assessed by written coursework (of 3,000 words plus or minus 10% for 15 credit modules and 5,000 words plus or minus 10% for 30 credit modules).

Do I have to write a dissertation?

Students are required to complete an extended piece of written work.  This may be a dissertation of approximately 20 000 words or a shorter report of 10 000 words.  If the latter route is chosen then an additional optional module must be undertaken.

Where and when is it held?

Seminars and workshops will be held at UCL in the evenings and as short courses.

How much does it cost?

Updated fee rates and further details are available from the UCL website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/fees-funding .

 

How do I find out further information?

UCL Medical School University College London Room GF/664
Royal Free Hospital London
NW3 2PF

020 3108 9214

uclms.postgraduate@ucl.ac.uk

 

How do I apply?  

Both full-time and part-time students must enrol centrally as a UCL and MA in Clinical Education student at the start of their programme and must re-enrol at the beginning of the Autumn Term of each subsequent academic year. The composite tuition, registration and examination fee is also payable at this time.

Central and programme enrolment is organised by the UCL Registry and queries should be directed to them (newstudents@ucl.ac.uk).