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Clinical Education

Key facts

MSc, PGDip

Part-time: Normally 1-3 years

Location: University of Brighton Falmer campus

Course Leader: Dr Jim Price >

General enquiries: Enquiries@bsms.ac.uk

 

This course is jointly validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. 

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Further information about this course can be found in the Course Application Handbook.

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Key areas of study

The overall aim of the course is to promote knowledge of and research into learning, teaching and communication in a clinical context, together with facilitating a reflective awareness of participants’ related educational skills and their ongoing development.

  • Professional identity as a teacher
  • Pedagogical practice in medical education
  • Advanced communication skills and strategies in medical education
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Simulation studies
  • Leadership and facilitation
  • Evidence-based clinical academic practice
  • Clinical education research and methodology 

“The course was extremely dynamic and included varied content and learning opportunities developed from peer-reviewed teaching practice, group discussions and group communication exercises. The focus on excellent teaching at BSMS also means that you benefit from fantastic practical experience of teaching undergraduate students.”

Dr Camilla Tooley, Clinical Teaching Fellow in Medicine and Surgery at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

 

BACKGROUND IMAGE FOR PANEL

Course Overview

This course is flexible in that it offers two entry routes, choices for modular study and appropriate academic targets.

Those who have already completed either the BSMS Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (or equivalent, if APL requested) or the BSMS Postgraduate Certificate in Simulation Studies, may enter at Postgraduate Diploma Level. These participants would then successfully complete a further three 20-credit optional modules to achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education (120 M level credits). Normally these modules would be completed part-time within one academic year.

Participants wishing to progress to Masters level must include Module MDM 10 ‘Research Methods & Critical Appraisal’ in their choice of three.

A 12,000-word dissertation (as well as an academic poster for publication) in the academic field of clinical education completes the Master of Science degree (180 M level credits). This would normally be completed in a further year, but some students with busy NHS jobs find it can take up to two years to complete.

 

  

Course structure

The format of assessment throughout the course is varied: some modules are assessed by more traditional 3,000 word written assignments, centred on a topic relevant to the student’s own practice or in-depth analyses of specific case studies or significant educational events. Others feature the development of specific educational tools (e.g. on–line learning or simulation-based assessment), focussing on more practical aspects of clinical education.

Students will also develop a personal educational portfolio of about 5,000 words using an appropriate national professional standards framework i.e. Health Education Academy (HEA) or Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).The Dissertation module involves a personal research project and is assessed by a 12,000 word thesis plus academic poster for publication in an appropriate academic journal.

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Career opportunities

This course provides health professionals with a firm base to underpin their role as medical educators.

Formal credentialing in medical and clinical education is currently being considered seriously at national level in the UK and elsewhere, and the ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ (May 2016) for higher education institutions in the UK also means that careers in medical or clinical education are likely to be enhanced via the acquisition of formal qualifications in clinical teaching.

This course provides an ideal vehicle for participants to pursue an appropriate level of study for their educational commitments and in this national context, should help them in career development.
Any clinician wishing to take a professional approach to their postgraduate studies in medical or clinical education would be strongly recommended to consider this new course.

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at:

Doctors and other health professionals wishing to pursue Masters level study and professional development in educational theory and practice in clinical settings. Participants will demonstrate a commitment to developing themselves and others as teachers in the clinical sciences.

Minimum entry requirements:

  • Normally an honours degree equivalent (e.g. successful completion of 3 years of an undergraduate degree)
  • Exceptionally a health professional without a first degree who has deep experience of teaching and clinical work who can provide evidence of being able to work at M level and can provide
  • Evidence of a deep interest in and commitment to medical /clinical teaching and/or educational research
  • An ongoing commitment to teaching / facilitating medical or other health professionals & students

Fees and funding (2017-18)

MSc

UK / EU / Island students £7,650

PGDip

UK/ EU/ Island students £5,100

PGCert

UK/ EU/ Island students £2,550

Some bursary funding is available for eligible applicants. Please ask for further details.

Scholarships

All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, including the PG Clinical Diploma Physician Associate course, are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2017/18. 

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal. 

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