Clinical Education (Intercalated) - MSc
- Mode of study
- Full time
- Entry months
- Duration of Study
- One year full time taught course or a one year distance learning course
- Subject Area
- FEES (2022/23 academic year)
- UK - £7,600
- International - £20,800
The MSc in Clinical Education (Intercalated) is designed for undergraduate medical students preparing for, or currently engaged in, clinical teaching. The course is available either as a one year full time taught course or a one year distance learning course.
About the course
Medical students who wish to study for an intercalated master's degree in clinical education recognise that when they qualify as clinicians they will be involved in teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students. There is a need for greater professionalism and accountability as clinical teachers and this course is designed to meet this need by providing a sound theoretical and practical basis for good teaching practice.
A Postgraduate qualification in Clinical Education is becoming a national standard for health professionals involved in teaching and is expected of new clinical teachers in the Keele University School of Medicine.
The overall aim of the course is to improve the quality and effectiveness of clinical teaching and clinical education through:
- Understanding and fostering a learner-centred approach
- Relating this to the requirements of professional education for clinical competence
- Developing practical, generic skills in teaching and assessment, underpinned by an understanding of educational theory
- Promoting reflective practice in education and clinical practice, using work-based assignments and a portfolio
- Promoting evidence-based education
- The programme’s aims and values embody those of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
- Successful participants will qualify as Fellows of the HEA with the post-nominal FHE
- The course is also scoped to the GMC document 'Recognising and Approving Trainers'
The full MSc programme requires satisfactory completion of 180 credits, 120 credits made up from taught modules and the other 60 credits from a MSc dissertation. The first four modules comprise the Certificate (60 credits) and are compulsory. The second four modules are 'optional' and chosen from seven, although the Research Methods module is compulsory for intercalating students progressing to a dissertation. The timetable for the course is flexible and can be built to suit individuals over an academic year. All intercalating students will be given a personal supervisor as well as a research supervisor and regular meetings are held over the year.
Compulsory Modules (comprising the PG Certificate)
- Introduction to Clinical Education (15 credits)
- Teaching Methods and Theories of Learning (15 credits)
- Assessment in Clinical Education (15 credits)
- Educational Supervision and Feedback (15 credits)
Optional Modules (with the PG Certificate modules, comprising the PG Diploma)
Select four from the following 15 credit modules:
- Developing Professional Skills and Attitudes
- Introduction to Research in Clinical Education
- Independent Study Module
- Media Design
- Curriculum Design and Session Planning
- Simulation in Clinical Education
- Advanced Assessment module
The 60-credit MSc Project may be research or 'desk' based. The School has a number of defined projects or students can write their own research proposal.
How the course is taught
The course will include a variety of teaching methods including small group teaching, peer observations of teaching practice, completion of a portfolio and personal study. Some course elements will be in distance learning format. The overall structure will be flexible to allow participants to complete individual course units at different times, using the portfolio as a personal planner and record of achievement*
*Specific teaching dates may be subject to change due to social distancing restrictions when teaching in small groups with regard to COVID-19. In this event distance learning provision will be substituted to enable students to complete the MSc within the academic year.
How you'll be assessed
Module 1 of the Certificate will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence, relating to prior experience, taught courses, reflection and observation of teaching. Remaining modules will be assessed by assignments, generally in written format, and with a choice of subject areas, along with specific project work associated with some modules.
The programme is designed for undergraduate medical students preparing for, or currently engaged in, clinical teaching. Please contact the School for detailed information and to check whether your own experience and professional development is appropriate for entry.
Application Procedure for Keele Students
To undertake an intercalated degree, students must be given permission by the School of Medicine as well as being offered a place on their chosen course. Permission is granted following a short interview with an intercalation panel. Decisions will be based on the student’s academic record overall and on their motivation for undertaking the intercalated degree. The presence of a resit examination on the student’s academic record will not necessarily prevent them being granted permission to intercalate and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, following the interview process.
- Please note that should permission to intercalate be granted by the interview panel, students will still need to apply independently to the course of their choice.
- Students who are given permission to intercalate should have passed all their assessments by the time they commence their intercalated degree.
- Intercalating students will be given access to their cohort's Blackboard, in order for them to stay in touch with their year's activities.
Application Procedure for non Keele Students
Initially students should seek permission from their own medical school to apply to Keele. Please contact the course director directly for further information.
Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate course.
Keele University is located on a beautiful campus and has all the facilities of a small town. Student accommodation, shops, restaurants and cafes are all within walking distance of the teaching buildings. This is a very cost effective way to live and to reduce your living costs.
Scholarships and Funding
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