Clinical Education (Online) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS

Course summary

Become an outstanding clinical educator with our distance learning clinical education training. Study online with us and earn your MSc, PgDip or PgCert in Clinical Education while you work. 10% NHS staff discount. Gain a clinical education qualification and learn to deliver, organise and lead clinical training. Join us online for a flexible Masters in Clinical Education that fits around full-time work. Graduate with the knowledge and skills to develop, deliver, and research first-class clinical education in your own discipline.

  • Tailor your learning with elective courses in teaching with simulation, teaching technology, clinical learning in primary care, and more.
  • Enjoy one-to-one support for your professional development goals and MSc research project.
  • Mix 24/7 learning resources you can access anytime with live online teaching sessions, for a more social and active learning experience.
Outstanding teaching and networking You’ll learn from senior academics, lecturers and NHS staff from a variety of clinical backgrounds. All are actively engaged in clinical education and pedagogic research. You’ll be studying alongside students working as clinical staff in medical, dental, and nursing education, as well as doctors, nurses, dentists, physician associates and other healthcare professionals.


Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies.  You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including: videos and webinars, podcasts, live online teaching sessions, discussion boards with your peers and tutors, online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.  You’ll have lots of direct support while you study with us. You’ll have one-to-one online tutorials with your course coordinators to discuss your progress, assignments and receive any additional support you need. If you live locally, you’re welcome to meet in person with your coordinators at our Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen for support with course queries. Remote students will have the same support online. Collaboration We use interactive seminars, large and small group work, and discussion board activities to encourage collaboration. Working online with colleagues locally, nationally and internationally, you’ll become part of a global peer group, sharing insights, research, and building your professional network. Reflective practice Our online Clinical Education programme places an emphasis on reflective practice. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on your own experiences in clinical, educational and cultural settings, as learners and teachers. We’ll use methods including peer observation and feedback on teaching.

Assessment method

This degree is assessed entirely online. We use several types of assessment, including: written assignments, oral presentations, development of reflective portfolios, course work. Our assessments help you gain transferable skills in clinical education. For example, presentation skills in the form of oral presentations and podcasts; and writing a research report in the form of a scientific paper.

How to apply

International applicants

MSc Clinical Education is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere, with no need for a visa.

Entry requirements

An honours level degree, usually in healthcare (eg, MBChB, nursing, or BDS), or an honours level degree in a healthcare-related area (eg, psychology). You should also be currently involved in teaching practice.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5 or above; Reading - 6.0 or above; Speaking - 5.5 or above; Writing - 6.0 or above. IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training are not accepted.
TOEFL (iBT)90TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition: Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17 or above; Reading - 21 or above; Speaking - 20 or above; Writing - 21 or above. DI code is 0818
PTE Academic62Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59 or above; Reading - 59 or above; Speaking - 59 or above; Writing - 59 or above. Online test is not accepted.
Institution's Own TestAcademic English Pre-sessional Programme (PSE) - Pass (valid for 1 year). Academic English Preparation Programme undertaken at other UK HEI - accredited by BALEAP and within 1 year of start of course.
Cambridge English AdvancedCOverall - 176 with: Listening - 162 or above; Reading - 162 or above; Speaking - 162 or above; Writing - 169 or above.

To study for a postgraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write academic English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations. We can assess your English language proficiency through a variety of means: through your nationality, through the qualifications you gained in high school, through the degree you undertook or are undertaking at university, or through a recognised English language test. Postgraduate Higher requirements are used by the Schools of Business; Divinity, History and Philosophy; Education; Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture; Law; and Social Sciences. The MSc in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management and the MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience also make use of the Postgraduate Higher requirements. Please note certification must be within the two years prior to commencement of your degree programme, unless otherwise stated.

Please use the checklist at the following webpage to determine how you can meet our English language requirements:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12520 Whole course
International £12520 Whole course
England £12520 Whole course
Northern Ireland £12520 Whole course
Scotland £12520 Whole course
Wales £12520 Whole course
Channel Islands £12520 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £12520 Whole course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in September 2024. The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2024/25 academic year. We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the 2025/26 academic year. Our indicative cost includes a 5% fee rise each year. This is a pay-as-you-go degree. You do not have to pay the full tuition fee upfront. You can spread the cost and pay as you go, term by term. You decide how many credits to study for each term. At the start of term, you pay only for the credits you’re taking that term. This gives you control over your costs and workload for each term of your degree.

Sponsorship information

The University of Aberdeen provides an Alumni Discount Scheme: The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. NHS staff receive 10% off online postgraduate degrees and short courses offered by our School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition; and our School of Psychology. Discounts are applied during your application process. Only one discount can be used per application. If you are eligible for more than one discount, we will apply the largest discount for you.

Clinical Education (Online) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS