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Clinical Professional Studies


Our COVID-19 contingency plans for 2020-2021

As a Clinical Professional Studies team, our priority is the safety and well-being of our students. Here is what you should know about the upcoming academic year (2020-2021).  

At a time of national and global crisis, we are swiftly adapting to changes and maximising opportunities for enhancing learning on our Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Professional Studies programme.The academic year will start as normal and term dates will not be changed. Visit the University of Sussex website for up-to-date information on term dates below.

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However, teaching will be delivered by a blend of in-person and online teaching, and we will adapt our timetables, teaching methods and course content to make the most of this approach. The balance of the blend will depend on the stringency of social distancing and other regulations in force at the time.

For students who are unwilling or unable to do anything in person, it will be 100% possible to complete all coursework remotely via online engagement in 2020 (details about 2021 are to be decided).  

Key areas of study

Three professional modules:

  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care

It is possible to substitute another module from the BSMS Department of Medical Education portfolio for one of the above modules.

Course overview

This course will provide a rounded education to prepare senior specialists for clinical practice, taking into account their academic and professional development needs.

Participants will study both theory and practical skills in a range of subjects that cover the three core domains of research, leadership and education.

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“This course has provided me with a detailed insight into communication in both clinical practice and educational activities. I am finding it really valuable to be in a group with such a diverse range of professionals, and I have been able to incorporate the learning into my practice.”

Rachel Thompson, PGCert Clinical Professional Studies student

Course structure

Research methods and critical appraisal
Leadership and change management in clinical services
Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care


Career opportunities

The course will help develop the careers of medical and healthcare professionals, supporting them to become better-rounded clinical professionals.

The knowledge, skills and practice they gain will enable them to be more effective senior clinicians, and prepare them to undertake greater leadership roles in the future.

Entry requirements

Entry is open to all medical trainees, physician associates, locally employed doctors, specialty associate doctors and other healthcare professionals. Students should normally have at least one year of professional practice before entering the course. For international students a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required.

This course is open to applications from UK/ EU/ Island residents and international students. 

Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2020-21. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  


UK / EU / Island students £2,754

International £5,004