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Clinical Education Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma, and Masters

The Masters in Clinical Education has been developed and is delivered in conjunction with King’s Health Partners, one of the UK’s leading Academic Health Science Centres. It brings together a world-leading research-led university, King’s College London, and three successful NHS Foundation Trusts that also serve as tertiary teaching hospitals for the capital (Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley). King's Health Partners has over 2700 beds, a combined annual turnover of around £2 billion, treats over 1.5 million patients each year and has approximately 21,000 health professions students. It forms one of the largest centres for healthcare education in Europe.  The Masters in Clinical Education was also developed in consultation with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, the Dental Institute, the Pharmacy Department, and the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at King’s College London.

Who is the course for?

The Masters in Clinical Education is designed to meet the specialized needs of healthcare practitioners who engage in teaching or training as part of their clinical practice. Participants are normally quite experienced in their own clinical specialism but have little experience with formal educational theory or a systematic, professional, reflective approach to their own teaching practice. The course is purposefully interprofessional, as clinicians from across the health professions come together to learn and develop their practice together.

What does it involve?

The heart of the programme is the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education, which is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy as a teaching credential in higher education. As a 60-credit award at UK Level 7, the Certificate is comprised of a series of core modules that are underpinned by educational thinking and practice, typically followed by an option module of the participant’s choice. The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education is currently the only such programme that has been awarded a triple accreditation by the UK Higher Education Academy, the Academy of Medical Educators, and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Many practitioners find that the triple-accredited Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education gives them a good grounding in teaching and learning, and decide to stop at this stage. However, for others who have an interest in developing their careers as clinical educators, there is an option to continue their study by pursuing two further core modules and two further option modules from a range of interdisciplinary and discipline-specific options. After successfully completing 120 credits, participants may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education; or they can continue to complete the 60-credit dissertation, which comprises directed and applied research in a particular area of clinical education, and gain the Masters in Clinical Education.

Most modules are taught as postgraduate seminars, using existing theoretical and research literature as a basis to explore clinical education as a field of practice. In order for useful and meaningful discussions to take place during sessions, participants are asked to prepare for each session by thoroughly reading and making notes on the assigned readings. Sessions do not, in the main, consist of lectures; rather participants will have the opportunity to build their understanding through a combination of various kinds of interactive work with the module leader and colleagues. Across the programme, our innovative technology-enhanced learning environment creates an opportunity for tutors and participants to access and discuss the latest research in clinical education.

Entry requirements

Relevant first degree and normally a minimum of three years' professional experience in a clinical environment.

How much does it cost?

The fees for 2015/16 are £504 per 15-credit module.

How to apply?

To apply please complete the online application form which you can find at

How do I find out further information?

The programme website ( has further information. For enquiries, please contact the programme team at or Dr Gabriel Reedy, Programme Director, King's College London.