Postgraduate Course

Postgraduate Diploma Medical and Clinical Education

Postgraduate Diploma Medical and Clinical Education

Overview

The details
Medical and Clinical Education
October 2019
Part-time
5 years
Colchester Campus

We understand that you may not have the time to do a full-time degree, so our CPD pathways allow you to study flexibly, in the way that best suits you. The structure, mode of delivery and level of support allow you to progress towards a qualification at postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters level.

Medical and Clinical Education (MaCE) was developed in response to requests from local GPs, nurses and allied health professionals. The desire of these practitioners to develop their teaching and assessing skills, and to pursue an accredited programme, reflects the increasing recognition of the value of work-based learning in professional education.

The programme provides you with a systematic and critical understanding of the key concepts underlying learning, teaching and assessing in the medical and clinical practice environment. It enables health care professionals to acquire advanced skills in teaching and assessing students in a medical and clinical practice context.

This is a modularised pathway and you can choose to study part-time between two and five years. Teaching contributions are drawn from expertise across the University’s academic departments and many modules are supported by Moodle, our online learning environment.

This course will:

  • Enable you to apply your understanding of educational, legal and ethical frameworks and healthcare policy to enable others to learn and enhance their own professional practice, thereby being a positive role model for your students
  • Help you engage in quality enhancement and improve students’ learning experiences.
  • Ensure you acquire a range of transferable employment-related skills, most importantly, independent learning skills for continuing professional development
  • Create flexible, inter-professional learning pathways to develop educators for the clinical professions

Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies

We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.

We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard, and as such we expect that anyone who cares for others will aspire to uphold these values.

For us, involving not only our students, but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.

Why we're great.
  • Choose to study part time, between two and five years, and create a bespoke course that is right for you
  • Gain the skills and understanding of key concepts underlying learning, teaching and assessment in the medical and clinical practice environment
  • Work alongside experts in your field with a wide range of clinical and academic experience
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Our expert staff

With us, you benefit from the expertise of staff from a wide range of clinical and academic backgrounds. This means that you gain a well-rounded education that is research-led and clinically relevant. Where we feel you will benefit, we bring in additional specialists direct from the field.

Specialist facilities

The School of Health and Social Care is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building on the Colchester campus and in the Gateway Building on the Southend campus.

As one of our CPD students, you may be taking modules at either campus or online to suit your needs, which means that you can access facilities across both campuses as required.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • Current registration with a relevant professional regulatory body.
  • A relevant first degree, or equivalent e.g. professional experience and responsibility.
  • Current involvement in teaching and assessing in practice, plus 3 years healthcare experience.
  • Applicants wishing to achieve NMC Practice Teacher or Teacher qualifications must supply on application:
    • a statement of support from their service manager;
    • the name of the practice teacher or teacher that will be supporting their practice learning; and
    • evidence of successful completion of a mentor preparation programme or equivalent.

    International & EU entry requirements

    We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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    English language requirements

    For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 580/240.

    If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Structure

Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

The practice environment provides important learning opportunities for all student health care practitioners. In order for this opportunity to be fully realised, practitioners working with learners need to be knowledgeable, skilled experts in both healthcare and educational practice. This module is suitable for any healthcare professional supporting students in practice, and is mapped against the requirements for GP Associate Trainers, ACE for physiotherapists, APPLE for occupational therapists, and is a requirement for the nurse teacher and GP trainers.

View Learning, Teaching and Assessment on our Module Directory

Learning Organisations and Quality Enhancement

The practice environment provides important learning opportunities for all student health care practitioners. In order for this opportunity to be fully realised, practitioners working with learners need to be knowledgeable, skilled experts in both healthcare and educational practice. This module will help to provide health care practitioners working with learners the self-determination to improve your practice as educators, and the ability to promote change within your learning organisations. The module facilitates the development of an evidence-based understanding of the meaning of enhancement, allowing development and improvement of knowledge and skills related to teaching and learning. Quality enhancement is presented as a deliberate process of change leading to improvement.

View Learning Organisations and Quality Enhancement on our Module Directory

Course Design and Development

This module allows you to consider the many variables involved in designing and developing curricula that provide students with a good and successful learning experience. It explores the external influences that provide opportunities and constraints when undertaking course design and development.

View Course Design and Development on our Module Directory

Research Design and Critical Appraisal

This module provides you with an advanced understanding of the research study designs commonly used in health research. It combines a theoretical and a practical approach to enable you to search for, obtain, and understand the research literature, and provides you with the critical skills to analyse and synthesize material into a literature review.

View Research Design and Critical Appraisal on our Module Directory

Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation

This module provides you with a range of techniques for collecting, analysing and interpreting data. It combines a theoretical and a practical approach to enable you to understand the collection and analysis process. At the end of the module, you will be able to design and pilot data collection instruments, conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis using appropriate computer software, and interpret statistical and qualitative research findings.

View Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation on our Module Directory

Postgraduate Research Methods

This module enables you to explore theoretical and practical issues in relation to the research process, with specific emphasis on research in health and social care. You will develop the ability to understand and use relevant research literature, and acquire some of the skills you need to plan and carry out your own research. A defining feature of the course is that the research principles that are encountered will constantly be applied to real health and social care settings.

View Postgraduate Research Methods on our Module Directory

Using Technology to Enhance Learning in Practice

This module aims to develop an understanding of how computer technology can enhance communication and instructional techniques in healthcare education. The module is designed to facilitate analysis of the concepts and theories relevant to e-learning. Whilst this module focuses on a variety of technologies and technology teaching-related theories, it also requires the development of an e-portfolio.

View Using Technology to Enhance Learning in Practice on our Module Directory

Using Reflective Practice

This module provides you with an applied grounding in reflective practice within a professional learning context. It is an introduction to and application of the work of four significant theorists in the reflective practice field, followed by reflexive discussion about the contribution their theories make to our own capacity to learn in and through practice.

View Using Reflective Practice on our Module Directory

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

TBC

International fee

TBC

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2019 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019

Applying

If you are intending to follow a modular programme, please email cpd@essex.ac.uk. You will be guided through how to apply and we will refer you to the relevant programme or module lead to discuss your plans.

From this discussion a formal outline of the most suitable modules for your professional and personal circumstances will be produced, called a pathway plan. Although your plans may change over time, this formal document helps us plan delivery of modules over the coming years, and it helps your sponsor to plan funding arrangements as appropriate.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We recognise the importance of your previous academic learning and professional experience, and you can use both to gain credit value towards the specific programme you are interested in, known as Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning or APEL.

APEL is dependent on many factors. If you are interested in this option please email us at cpd@essex.ac.uk before you apply. It is necessary to highlight any prior learning before you apply as the modules you wish to study may be dependent on this. For further information on our AP(E)L procedure, please review the University’s Quality Enhancement information.

Please note: there is an administration fee for the APEL process request which can be found on our fees document (.pdf)

Application forms and supporting documents

Once you have had your pathway discussion with the relevant programme lead and, if relevant, spoken to the CPD Lead about APEL, you will need to fill in an application form and send it through to our School.

Note: Please initially check the module you are interested in as there may be additional documents required:

www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/cpd/modules.aspx

MSc Programme application

Module application

If you are interested in applying for a specific module, you will need to complete the module application form:

Your application and funding

If you are being funded by your employer, please obtain your line manager’s signature once you have completed the application form including how payment will be made and, if you work within the NHS, forward to your Education Liaison Manager for processing.

If you are self-funded, please complete the application form providing the required information and forward to our contracts administrator, who will then instruct you on how to make payments.

If you are being funded by a charitable organisation, please complete the application form, with the signature of the person providing the funds and the way in which they will be paying, and forward to our contracts administrator, who will then instruct your sponsor on how to make payments.

Once we have received your signed and completed application form we will write to confirm if you have been successful in gaining a place.

Module contact: Rebecca Hindle / Dr Chris Green.

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