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Clinical Education

The programme is specifically designed for Medical and Dental practitioners who want to improve their teaching skills. The programme offers participants an opportunity to develop some 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. The assessments require you to engage at a high level.

Whilst you will follow a common menu of face-to-face modules, each module will allow you an opportunity to consider application and implementation to your own teaching practice. Course assignments all relate to your individual practice and work setting. In addition you are able to influence your learning by selecting from a range of contemporary issues that you feel suit your particular 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).

Why Queen's?
The clinical education course will allow you to meet the requirements of Doctors and Dentists 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the programme will be required to hold a dental or medical degree. Applicants must have completed Foundation 2 training or equivalent, and must currently be employed in a health care setting or university.

•On satisfactory completion of the PG Certificate programme, applicants will then be eligible to progress to the PG Diploma.

•On satisfactory completion of the PG Diploma programme, applicants will then be eligible to progress to the Masters in Clinical Education.

English Language for Non-EU applicants. Satisfactory completion of the General Medical Council’s Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) examination or a minimum score of 7.0 in each section of IELTS or the General Dental Council (GDC) equivalent.*

*Taken within the last 2 years

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 programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - 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


PgCert: 1 year part-time PgDip: 2 years part-time MSc: 3 years part-time

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 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.

Careers or further progression

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.

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

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Postgraduate and Professional Development
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
Whitla Medical Building
Tel: (028) 9097 2615

Subjects taught

YEAR 1 - Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education
Module 1
Foundations of Clinical Teaching
•Teaching is from 6.30 – 9 pm on the following dates:
•26 September 2016 (Induction); 3 October 2016; 17 October 2016; 7 November 2016; 28 November 2016; 12 December 2016

Module 2
Supporting and Assessing Students and Trainees
•Teaching is from 6.30 – 9 pm on the following dates:
•30 January 2017; 20 February 2017; 13 March 2017; 3 April 2017; 8 May 2017

Subject to satisfactory completion of modules a candidate may choose to graduate at this stage with a Postgraduate Certifiate in Clinical Education or proceed to..

YEAR 2 - Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education
Module 1
Educational Leadership and Management (optional)
Technology and Education (optional)

Module 2
Methods of Educational Enquiry (compulsory)

Subject to satisfactory completion of modules a candidate may choose to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education or proceed to..

YEAR 3 - MSc in Clinical Education
Research Dissertation
•A 20,000 word dissertation based on research into chosen aspect(s) of medical education Subject to satisfactory assessment an award of Masters of Science (MSc) in Clinical Education

For each module students must attend six classes at QUB. In addition students are expected to engage with on-line learning and self-directed study each week.

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
We use a range of assessments including portfolios and observation of teaching. Guidance and support will be provided and you will need to meet submission deadlines in Year 1 and Year 2.

Year 3 consists of a research dissertation. This will be a 20,000 word dissertation based on research into chosen aspect(s) of medical education Subject to satisfactory assessment an award of Masters of Science (MSc) in Clinical Education

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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