Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

This MA Education for Clinical Contexts has been specifically designed for doctors, dentists, senior nurses, allied health professionals and academics, involved in undergraduate or postgraduate teaching of clinicians. It aims to attract particularly committed educators working in and around clinical contexts, who seek to both improve teaching and learning and to understand more fully the educational potential of their working environment. Through this programme you will have opportunity to research and improve your teaching practice, as well as developing expertise to lead clinical education programmes in your workplace context. The MA will give graduates a significant advantage in applying for leadership roles in education. For registrars, it will give them a competitive advantage when applying for positions as consultants.

On this course you will: Engage with like-minded colleagues in a deep analysis of the nature and dynamics of teaching and learning in clinical education, drawing on a wide range of educational theories; Understand the important relationship between high quality education, effective team working and good patient care; Gain a deep understanding of how to evaluate and improve curriculum; Become an active researcher of clinical education in order to develop teaching and learning opportunities for students; Develop and hone skills as a leader and innovator in clinical education in their workplace setting; Be prepared to take up career opportunities in clinical education, including educational leadership roles in their local setting and beyond.

The modules in this MA Education for Clinical Contexts programme have all been designed with the busy professional in mind. The assignments for each module will engage you in researching and developing clinical education within your own workplace setting. In this way, concurrent with achieving a postgraduate qualification in clinical education, you will be actively developing your skills in leading the improvement of clinical education. The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for to focus on specialising in specific areas of clinical education, through the programme.

You will be assessed via coursework that engage you in researching and developing clinical education in your own setting. Module leaders will offer you guidance and support in the researching and writing of your coursework assignments. All assignments are written essays, although some modules also have some assessed presentations.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £2,450 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £2,450 European Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £5,550 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students will normally have a medical / health professional undergraduate degree equivalent to UK second-class honours from a recognised academic institution. Students will also have at least one year of experience in practice as a clinical educator to enrol on the programme. This includes experience includes teaching in the clinical context. Admission to the course is selective, and based upon academic credentials, research experience, and motivation. It is expected that all students will have both experience and interest in developing their teaching. Students are required to submit a statement of purpose and letter of recommendation with their application.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 7.0.
  • IELTS score: 7