Clinical Education

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This is the first clinical education course of its type in Ireland. It equips a range of health professionals with the knowledge and skills required for effective clinical education, and enables them to become clinical supervisors and motivators of student learning. Although much health professional education takes place in clinical settings, few clinicians receive the formal training in educational techniques and principles of adult learning provided by this course.

The courses are delivered mostly by distance learning, with some face-to-face workshops in Galway as follows:

• PDip: eight days (two consecutive weekdays in September and six Saturdays between October and June).

• Master's: ten days (two consecutive weekdays in each of September, October, November, February and April).

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants must be registered healthcare professionals with at least two years' post-registration experience and be actively involved in clinical education. General computer literacy is essential as parts of the programme are delivered via distance learning. In addition, for the Master's, at least 60% in the PDip in Clinical Education or equivalent is required. Selection is based on ability/opportunity to apply learning to your daily work, relevant experience and academic record.

Application dates

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis.

COURSE INSTANCE(S): 1CED1, Master's; 1CED9, PDip, 1 year; 1CED10, PDip 2 years; CPDM4, stand-alone modules, Learning Theory in Clinical Settings MD1570 and Foundations of Assessment in Clinical Education MD1576.


Master's/PDip, full-time, 1 year; PDip, part-time, 2 years; stand-alone module, 6 weeks. All are suitable for those in full-time employment (including courses described as full-time).

Enrolment dates

2020–21 academic year

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Career Opportunities
Our clinical education focus leads to major changes in your ability to facilitate the learning and development of your students in clinical settings. You will know more about how learners learn, how to create safe and effective learning environments, how to assess learners and how to support their professional development.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Professional Certificate

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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