University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Clinical Education

This course is aimed at those wishing to further their career in academic clinical or medical education, who already have experience of delivering education for healthcare professionals, whether students, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, dental or veterinary practitioners. It will particularly appeal to those seeking leadership positions or to undertake independent high-quality research in clinical education.

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in a relevant field (e.g. clinical, medical or health professions education). A primary clinical qualification, such as an MBChB, BVS, BDS, Bachelor of Nursing or other degree. Applications from those with biomedical or social science qualifications, or non-university professional qualifications such as RGN with appropriate clinical experience, will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants must have experience of clinical, medical, allied healthcare or veterinary education � for example teaching undergraduate or postgraduate students. If English is the 1st language, one of the following qualifications as evidence of spoken and written English: IELTS minimum score: IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each section). Other accepted tests and scores: TOEFL-iBT: 92 (with at least 20 in all sections); PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections - 'Enabling Skills' section scores are not considered); CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A.

Course modules

Some of the current research focuses on: faculty development; assessment and feedback in medical education; psychometrics; learning outcome development and mapping; students learning to teach and Peer Assisted Learning (PAL); preparation for practice; international medical education; clinical skills. Doctoral students receive direct support from at least 2 academic supervisors during their studies, and a dedicated thesis committee provides guidance throughout the programme of research. Research training is tailored to each doctoral student, but typically includes material from the well-established MSc �Research in Clinical Education� and �Dissertation� courses, an extensive programme of university PhD training workshops and meetings, and fortnightly �Medical Education Forum� and �CME Research Meeting� events for presentation of completed research and work-in-progress.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 4,052 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 17,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Part-time £ 2,026 per Academic year (home fees) 6 years
PhD Part-time £ 8,600 per Academic year (overseas fees) 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Telephone number: 
0131 242 6536