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Clinical Professional Studies

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Clinical Professional Studies


COVID-19 update for 2021/22

We are now welcoming applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Course delivery methods are still to be confirmed as we take into account the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the intention will be to provide a blended learning approach of both online and face to face provision where possible. 

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 and international students. 

Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2021/22. 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.  

With effect from 2021/22 onwards, EU nationals starting new postgraduate courses will pay international fees and will not be eligible for student funding from the UK government. However, there are exceptions to this for Irish nationals and EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. For the latest information, please see


UK £3,084

International £6,168