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Clinical Education

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: Master/PDip/PgCert, Health Sciences. Stand-alone modules in Clinical Teaching Methodologies and Foundations of Assessment in Clinical Education available.

Your Course
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:

• PgCert: five days (two consecutive weekdays in September and three Saturdays between October and March).

• 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).


1. These courses help you create new pedagogical approaches and improve the clinical education experience for learners.

2. Flexible learning: the combination of distance learning and face-to-face workshops allows you to engage in learning at a time and place that suits your lifestyle.

3. The course is recognised for continuing professional development and education by healthcare professions' colleges and regulatory organisations.

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.


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

1CED1, Master's; 1CED9, PDip, 1 year; 1CED10, PDip 2 years; 1CED8, PgCert; CPDM4, stand-alone modules, Learning Theory in Clinical Settings MD1570 and Foundations of Assessment in Clinical Education MD1576.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Dr Aoife Jackson
T: +353 91 495 301

Application date

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. See the weblink below for full details of when and how to apply.

Online Application
Applications to most postgraduate programmes at NUI Galway are made online via

The application system will be open from 1 October 2019 to accept applications for entry to the 2020–21 academic year.

Applications are submitted via an online form, and a step-bystep guide will assist you through the process. Applicants should select the Course Instance Code(s) for the programme(s) that they are interested in, which are available on each course page of this prospectus and are also on each course website ( An application fee will be required and this is a nonrefundable. You will require an active email account to use the system.

Supporting Documents
When making an online application, most programmes require additional documentation to supplement your application, such as an essay, samples of work, a CV, etc. To see what supporting documents, if any, may be required for your programme, please visit: After submitting an application you must then upload the supporting documents.

Enrolment and start dates

2020–21 academic year

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