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Masters in Clinical Education

Once participants have advanced through the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma stages of the Programme, they can register on the Dissertation Module to complete the Masters in Clinical Education.

The dissertation, which consists of an extended piece of written work of between 10,000 and 15,000 words, provides an opportunity for participants to integrate what they have learned from the first two stages of the Masters Programme (Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma) and combine it with their practical experience to:

  • Identify a specific area of academic practice related to their role in higher education – one that is amenable to scholarly debate and is of personal interest (for example an aspect of teaching and learning, of leadership, of research practice or a policy issue);
  • Problematise the practice to formulate research questions;
  • Undertake a systematic and substantial enquiry to address the research questions.

The dissertation enables participants to demonstrate their ability to plan, carry out and evaluate a piece of research into an aspect of their academic practice. It will be an original piece of work, although original in this context does not mean groundbreaking or something not previously considered.

The dissertation might, for example, present new evidence on a familiar aspect of teaching and learning, apply established leadership models/theories to a new context, or present an independent critique of an existing body of theory.

Those who have completed the King’s College London Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education will have already planned an inquiry into an aspect of academic practice and submitted it in the form of a research proposal. The Masters Programme will support participants to turn their proposal into a dissertation.

However, there is no requirement to take forward the research proposal submitted as part of the Postgraduate Diploma. The Dissertation Module will equally support those planning and implementing a new inquiry into an aspect of academic practice in higher education.

By the end of the dissertation participants will be expected to be able to:

  • Understand the nature and scope of research into academic practice;
  • Critically analyse appropriate literature relevant to the focus of their research;
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of methods and methodologies used to research academic practice, their strengths, limitations and appropriateness for the participant’s own research.

Academic workloads mean that even the most enthusiastic participants may find it difficult to put aside regular time to make progress on their dissertation. Therefore this module is built on:

  • A programme of peer reviewmeetings and workshops to support gaining ethical approval, data collection, data analysis and writing. 


  • Individual tutorials: Each participant will be assigned a dissertation supervisor with whom they will be expected to meet regularly for advice to support the planning and implementation of their research, and to provide feedback on their writing. These tutorials will be negotiated between the dissertation supervisor and each participant.

There will be a series of deadlines that require participants to submit draft chapters from their dissertations a set times after their registration on the Module.

For further information about the programme please contact the Programme Director Dr Gabe Reedy at or the Programme Administrator Matthias Gilles at .


Clinical Education Prospectus 2018-19
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