Education - Clinical Education - Dental & Medical

The Clinical Education programmes are designed for Dental and Medical practitioners who want to improve their teaching skills.

Entry to the Clinical Education Programmes is at PG Certificate level. On successful completion of the PG Certificate students may decide to progress to the PG Diploma. On successful completion of the PG Diploma students may decide to progress to the MSc.

The programme offers participants an opportunity to develop practical teaching skills and acquire the knowledge to underpin their educational practice with Masters level study. The programme will offer you opportunities to review your teaching techniques and includes practical teaching projects.

Whilst you will follow a common menu of face-to-face modules, each module will allow you an opportunity to consider application and implementation of programme content to your own teaching practice. Course assignments relate to participants individual practice and work setting. Participants are able to influence their learning by selecting from a range of contemporary issues that are aligned with individual needs or interests.

The course team has experience in Medical and Healthcare Education. Teaching sessions are delivered by Queen's staff in association with colleagues from the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA).

Course Structure
There are three levels of study available in the Clinical Education Programmes:
Year 1 – Postgraduate Certificate
Year 2 – Postgraduate Diploma
Year 3 – MSc

Students enrol for the Certificate (60 CATS) in the first instance and upon successful completion progress to the Diploma (further 60 CATS) and then onto the MSc (further 60 CATS).

Students undertake modules as follows:
Year 1 – Postgraduate Certificate
Module 1 – Foundations of Clinical Teaching
Module 2 – Supporting and Assessing Students and Trainees

Subject to satisfactory completion of these 60 CATS students may choose to graduate at this stage with a Postgraduate Certificate, or may proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma

Year 2 – Postgraduate Diploma
Module 1 – Methods of Education Enquiry (compulsory)
Module 2 – there is a choice of 2 optional modules:
Educational Leadership and Management or Technology and Education

Subject to satisfactory completion of these 60 CATS students may choose to graduate at this stage with a Postgraduate Diploma, or may proceed to the MSc

Year 3 – MSc
Students undertake a research dissertation

Clinical Education Highlights
1. There has been a Medical School at Queen's University Belfast since 1849. 2. This very successful Clinical Education Programme has been delivered at QUB since 1996.

Career Development
The clinical education programme will provide graduates with an opportunity to meet the requirements of Dentists and Doctors interested in providing educational support for undergraduate and postgraduate trainees. It will also provide students with the opportunity to promote and foster the skills required to facilitate effective on-the-job learning, to mentor and support learners, to undertake appraisal, and to deliver assessments in the workplace and in simulated environments.

Learning and Teaching
At Queen's we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

On this course we do this by providing a range of live on-line learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them to deliver effective teaching and assessment programmes for undergraduate students and postgraduate trainees.

Classes are in the evening. A combination of lectures, practical experiences and self-directed study are used to deliver the programme.

Subjects taught

Year 1 – Postgraduate Certificate (60 CATS)
Module 1 : Foundations of Clinical Teaching (30 CATS)
This module provides core training in the theoretical and practical considerations required to plan and deliver effective teaching events. The range of teaching methods used in the clinical environment will be explored. Students will learn about effective strategies for the planning and delivery of teaching in the hospital ward, outpatient clinical GP or dental surgery.

Module 2 - Supporting and Assessing Students and Trainees (30 CATS)
This module provides core training in the theoretical and practical considerations underpinning assessment in the simulated clinical environment and in the workplace. The module will also focus on the educational issues underpinning appraisal, learner support and feedback.

Year 2 – Postgraduate Diploma (120 CATS)
Module 1 – Methods of Educational Enquiry (compulsory) (30 CATS)
This module provides core training in a range of research methods used in educational research and scholarship.

Module 2 – there is a choice of two optional modules, however optional modules with each stream will only run with a minimum of 6 participants.
i) Educational Leadership and Management (optional) (30 CATS)
This module examines educational leadership and management alongside managing and leading change. The role of effective team work and the importance of timely and appropriate conflict resolution will also be explored.
ii) Technology and Education (optional) (30 CATS)
This module provides an introduction to the use of technology in teaching and learning. It explores learning theories as applied to technology and evaluates the effective use of teaching to include: Web and Web 2.0 technologies; digital learning materials; digital communications and social media in education; digital assessment and mobile devices for learning.

Year 3 – MSc (180 CATS)
Module – Dissertation (60 CATS)
Students complete a 20,000 word dissertation

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Applicants for the programme will be required to hold a medical or dental degree. At the time of enrolment applicants must have completed Foundation 2 training or equivalent and must currently be employed in a health care setting or university.

Applicants must be working in a clinical setting/university in Northern Ireland, Great Britain or Republic of Ireland.

Applicants must apply for admission to the PG Certificate in Clinical Education initially. On satisfactory completion of the Certificate programme, applicants will then be eligible to progress to the PG Diploma. On satisfactory completion of the Diploma programme, applicants will then be eligible to progress to the Masters in Clinical Education.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Satisfactory completion of the General Medical Council's Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) examination or the General Dental Council's equivalent (Overseas Registration Exam) or a minimum IELTS* score of 7.0 with not less than 6.5 in each component. *Taken within the last 2 years

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

• Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

• Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Application dates

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 31st July 2023 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted online via the Postgraduate Applications Portal for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes.

New applicants will need to register via the Portal to create an application account. If you are already a Queen's student with an active Qsis account, you can log in using your student number and Qsis password. Guidance on how to complete an application is provided within the Portal and it is possible to save application data and return to complete it at a later date, if you wish. After core details about yourself and your academic background have been provided, you can submit an application, or multiple applications, if required.

If you applied in a previous cycle through the Portal and are re-applying, you should use your previous log in details. Please review and update your personal and contact details, academic and professional qualifications before submitting a new application.

Important – please ensure that the email address you provide is correct and active, as this will be used by us to communicate the progress of your application to you.

Assessment Info

Observation of teaching


1 year (Part Time)
This programme is delivered live on-line. Classes are in the evening.

Enrolment dates

Entry year 2020

Post Course Info

Career Prospects
This programme prepares graduates to deliver education and training for dental and medical students and postgraduate trainees. Programme content is aligned to the criteria identified by NIMDTA and QUB for Recognition of Trainers.

Employment after the Course
Graduates from the programme have advanced to leadership positions in undergraduate and postgraduate dental and medical education.

Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

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    Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

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