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Clinical Education MA/PG Dip/PG Cert

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The Masters in Clinical Education provides a flexible framework for pursuing your professional development as an educator in the health professions. The course is carefully tailored to the needs of health professionals who engage in teaching, training, supervising, and supporting the learning of colleagues in the clinical professions. 


Key benefits

  • Firmly embedded in the practice of professionals working in healthcare settings.
  • Links with interprofessional Continuing Professional Development.
  • Relates theories of teaching and learning to the context of clinical practice.
  • Designed and delivered at on of the largest centres for healthcare education in Europe.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration PG Cert 1 year, PG Dip 2-3 years, MA 3-4 years

Study mode Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations The programme is dual accredited: On completion of the postgraduate certificate, you will become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). You will also be eligible to become a Member of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) upon application.

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders Dr Gabriel Reedy

Further details

Course contact for further information Dr Gabriel Reedy, Programme Director, tel +44 (0)20 7848 3692, fax +44 (0)20 7848 3253

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

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Course detail

Description

This programme provides participants, who have clinical professional experience, with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate education relevant to their professional interests and requirements. The programme aims to provide a distinctive element by combining work-based opportunities with theoretical underpinning, thus enabling participants to develop their own practice as clinical educators.

Participants need to have regular teaching responsibilities as part of their role, because of course activities and also because of the programme’s focus on the connection between theory and practice in clinical education.

Postgraduate Certificate

The heart of the Masters in Clinical Education programme is the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education. As a recognised teaching qualification in higher education, the programme is dual accredited: successful completion of the programme awards participants Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and Membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (via the expedited accredited application route). Course participants from a nursing and midwifery background will have the option of specific support in developing their teaching, as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. As a 60-credit Level 7 award, the Certificate is comprised of one 45- credit core module that encourages grounding in pedagogic thinking and practice, and a one 15- credit option module of the participant’s choice.

Postgraduate Diploma

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, and with agreement from the programme team, participants can apply to continue their study into the Diploma level. Participants at this level may pursue one further core module and three option modules from a range of interdisciplinary and discipline-specific options. The core of the Diploma is the module Using Research in Clinical Education. This module offers participants an insight and understanding into the methodologies and methods used to conduct enquiry in clinical education settings, and an opportunity to develop their ability to systematically analyse the existing research in order to understand more about pedagogical issues in day-to- day clinical practice. The second module at this level, Researching Clinical Education, which is required to continue onto the Masters level but is otherwise optional at the Diploma level takes this a step further by encouraging participants to develop their own plan for designing and conducting an appropriate enquiry in their own settings. Colleagues with an existing Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education, or a similar award, from another institution, may apply for admission at this level by requesting an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

Masters in Clinical Education

Once participants have advanced through the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma stages of the Programme successfully, and by agreement from the programme team, 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, 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; which might, for example, present new evidence on a familiar aspect of teaching and learning; apply established leadership models or theories to a new context; or present an independent critique of an existing body of theory.

Course purpose

The Masters in Clinical Education is a flexible framework in which participants can pursue and gain recognition for continuing professional development in aspects of learning and teaching.  Provision is carefully tailored to the need of health professionals, taking account of areas of health expertise and is delivered in association with colleagues in health schools across King's College London.   

Course format and assessment

Teaching

Programme modules consist of required face-to-face postgraduate seminar and workshop sessions, which require advance reading and preparation, as well as self-study outside the seminar sessions. Some assigned group activities and self-directed activities must be completed outside seminar sessions.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Most participants start with the postgraduate certificate and begin with the core module, which starts in October, and an option module, which can start between February and April, meaning that they should finish the Postgraduate Certificate in about 12 months.

The Postgraduate Certificate is 60 credits, which generally corresponds to about 600 hours of work. That breaks down typically to about 60 hours of postgraduate seminar sessions (at which attendance is mandatory; generally these are study days which are spread over the academic year), and a further estimated 540 hours consisting of self-study, assigned group activities, reading, consolidating learning from previous study days, and preparation for and writing of assessments.

Asessment

Assessment is by coursework; no examinations are conducted on this programme. Written assignments include academic essays; compilation of and reflection on evidence of teaching; successful completion of teaching observations.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

The most challenging thing for most people is that they find it difficult to balance work and postgraduate study. It is an academically rigorous course, but people who are currently on the course and have finished the course have rated it very highly and feel that their teaching practice has improved as a result of the course. You are required to have an educational component to your role as part of this course, that is, that you have some ongoing opportunities to teach. This allows you to meaningfully put the ideas in the programme to use on a regular basis (and to bring your experience as a teacher into your learning and your participation on the programme).

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling:

PG certificate: 60 credits
Required Modules 

You are required to take: 

  • 7TTY0045 Learning and Teaching in Healthcare: Theory and Practice (at PG Cert level only – core module) 45 credits

PG Diploma: 120 credits
Required modules 

You are required to take:

  • 7TTY0030 Using Research in Clinical Education (at PG Diploma level only – core module)
  • 7TTY0029 Researching Clinical Education (at PG Diploma level only – only if you intend to carry on at MA level)

MA: 180 credits 
Required modules

You are required to take:

  • 7TTY0018 Dissertation (at MA level – core and sole module) – 60 credits

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, the modules offered may change. Please refer to the course finder on our website for updates.

Optional Modules

PG certificate: 60 credits
Optional modules

In addition, you need to take 15 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • 7TTY0009 Interprofessional Education in the Clinical Context
  • 7TTY0012 Models of Expertise
  • 7TTY0022 Simulation in Clinical Education
  • 7TTY0025 Curriculum Design & Development
  • 7TTY0031 Leadership in Clinical Education
  • 7TTY0038 Assessment in Clinical Education
  • 7TTY0042 Clinical Communication – Approaches to Teaching & Learning

PG Diploma: 120 credits
Optional modules

In addition, you need to take between 30 and 45 credits (depending on whether you take 7TTY0029) credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • 7TTY0009 Interprofessional Education in the Clinical Context
  • 7TTY0012 Models of Expertise
  • 7TTY0022 Simulation in Clinical Education
  • 7TTY0025 Curriculum Design & Development
  • 7TTY0031 Leadership in Clinical Education
  • 7TTY0038 Assessment in Clinical Education
  • 7TTY0042 Clinical Communication – Approaches to Teaching & Learning

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, the modules offered may change. Please refer to the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Clinical Education Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements    Relevant first degree or equivalent experience and a minimum of three years' professional experience in a clinical environment 
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Prospective students are welcome to contact the Institute to arrange a visit. Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk. Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies. We aim to process all applications within four weeks. Your application will be assessed by two academics. We interview all applicants either in person or by phone.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Your personal statement should explain why you have chosen to apply for this course at this point in your career; how this course fits into your personal and career trajectory; what this course will contribute to your work; and what you believe you can contribute to the intellectual and professional community of clinical educators on the course. It is a course requirement that you be working in a clinical capacity with the opportunity to engage in some form of teaching, training, or mentoring.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Part time Home/EU fees: £3,330 (MA 2020/21); £3,330 (PG Cert 2020/21) ; £3,330 (PG Dip 2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £8,850 (MA 2020/21); £8,850 (PG Cert 2020/21); £8,850 (PG Dip 2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Participants on the programme continue to work in various roles in health professions education.

Career destinations

Enhanced teaching role in the participant's own clinical environment.

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