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Clinical Education (PGCert)

PgCert|Postgraduate Taught

Clinical Education

Entry year
Entry requirements
Medical or Dental degree
1 year (Part Time)
Places available
50 (Part Time)
This course is now closed to applications for September 2021. If you are interested in September 2022 entry, please register your interest.
  • Overview

    The Clinical Education programmes are designed for Dental and Medical practitioners who want to improve their teaching skills.

    Entry to the Clinical Education Programmes is at PG Certificate level. On successful completion of the PG Certificate students may decide to progress to the PG Diploma. On successful completion of the PG Diploma students may decide to progress to the MSc.

    This programme is delivered live on-line.
     There are two intakes per year in September/February.
    The programme offers participants an opportunity to develop 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.

    Whilst you will follow a common menu of face-to-face modules, each module will allow you an opportunity to consider application and implementation of programme content to your own teaching practice. Course assignments relate to participants individual practice and work setting. Participants are able to influence their learning by selecting from a range of contemporary issues that are aligned with individual 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).

    Clinical Education highlights

    1. There has been a Medical School at Queen’s University Belfast since 1849. 2. This very successful Clinical Education Programme has been delivered at QUB since 1996.

    Career Development

    • The clinical education programme will provide graduates with an opportunity to meet the requirements of Dentists and Doctors 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.
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    There are three levels of study available in the Clinical Education Programmes:
    Year 1 – Postgraduate Certificate
    Year 2 – Postgraduate Diploma
    Year 3 – MSc

    Students enrol for the Certificate (60 CATS) in the first instance and upon successful completion progress to the Diploma (further 60 CATS) and then onto the MSc (further 60 CATS).

    Students undertake modules as follows:

    Year 1 – Postgraduate Certificate
    Module 1 – Foundations of Clinical Teaching
    Module 2 – Supporting and Assessing Students and Trainees

    Subject to satisfactory completion of these 60 CATS students may choose to graduate at this stage with a Postgraduate Certificate, or may proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma

    Year 2 – Postgraduate Diploma
    Module 1 – Methods of Education Enquiry (compulsory)
    Module 2 – there is a choice of 2 optional modules:
    Educational Leadership and Management or Technology and Education

    Subject to satisfactory completion of these 60 CATS students may choose to graduate at this stage with a Postgraduate Diploma, or may proceed to the MSc

    Year 3 – MSc
    Students undertake a research dissertation

    Course DetailsYear 1 – Postgraduate Certificate (60 CATS)
    Module 1 : Foundations of Clinical Teaching (30 CATS)
    This module provides core training in the theoretical and practical considerations required to plan and deliver effective teaching events. The range of teaching methods used in the clinical environment will be explored. Students will learn about effective strategies for the planning and delivery of teaching in the hospital ward, outpatient clinical GP or dental surgery.

    Module 2 - Supporting and Assessing Students and Trainees (30 CATS)
    This module provides core training in the theoretical and practical considerations underpinning assessment in the simulated clinical environment and in the workplace. The module will also focus on the educational issues underpinning appraisal, learner support and feedback.

    Year 2 – Postgraduate Diploma (120 CATS)
    Module 1 – Methods of Educational Enquiry (compulsory) (30 CATS)
    This module provides core training in a range of research methods used in educational research and scholarship.

    Module 2 – there is a choice of two optional modules, however optional modules with each stream will only run with a minimum of 6 participants.
    i) Educational Leadership and Management (optional) (30 CATS)
    This module examines educational leadership and management alongside managing and leading change. The role of effective team work and the importance of timely and appropriate conflict resolution will also be explored.
    ii) Technology and Education (optional) (30 CATS)
    This module provides an introduction to the use of technology in teaching and learning.
    ii) Technology and Education (optional) (30 CATS)
    This module provides an introduction to the use of technology in teaching and learning. It explores learning theories as applied to technology and evaluates the effective use of teaching to include: Web and Web 2.0 technologies; digital learning materials; digital communications and social media in education; digital assessment and mobile devices for learning.

    Year 3 – MSc (180 CATS)
    Module – Dissertation (60 CATS)
    Students complete a 20,000 word dissertation

    People teaching you

    Postgraduate and Professional Development


    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.

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

    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 live on-linelearning 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.




    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:


    Observation of teaching

    Dissertation (MSc Only)

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

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

    Applicants must be working in a clinical setting/university in Northern Ireland, Great Britain or Republic of Ireland.

    Applicants must apply for admission to the PG Certificate in Clinical Education initially. On satisfactory completion of the Certificate programme, applicants will then be eligible to progress to the PG Diploma. On satisfactory completion of the Diploma programme, applicants will then be eligible to progress to the Masters in Clinical Education.

    Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 31st July 2022 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

    International Students

    Our country pages include information on entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, student profiles, upcoming events and contacts for your country. Use the dropdown list below for specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    Satisfactory completion of the General Medical Council's Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) examination or the General Dental Council’s equivalent (Overseas Registration Exam) or a minimum IELTS* score of 7.0 with not less than 6.5 in each component. *Taken within the last 2 years

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

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

    • Academic English: 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.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £2,235
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £2,235
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £2,235
    EU Other 3 £2,235
    International £2,235

    All tuition fees quoted are for 2022-23 and are subject to an annual inflationary uplift.

    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

    2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2022-23, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Clinical Education costs

    There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

    How do I fund my study?

    The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

    A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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    When to Apply

    The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.

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