Research course

Clinical Education

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in a relevant field (e.g. clinical, medical or health professions education). A primary clinical qualification, such as an MBChB, BVS, BDS, Bachelor of Nursing or other degree.

Applications from those with biomedical or social science qualifications, or non-university professional qualifications such as RGN with appropriate clinical experience, will be considered on an individual basis. You must have experience of clinical, medical, allied healthcare or veterinary education – for example teaching undergraduate or postgraduate students.

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English: IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each section); TOEFL-iBT: 92 (with at least 20 in all sections); PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections - 'Enabling Skills' section scores are not considered); CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

This new PhD in clinical education builds on our world-renowned expertise in the field of clinical education, and our well-established and respected Masters in Clinical Education programme.

It is an ideal programme for those wishing to further their career in academic clinical or medical education, who already have experience of delivering education for healthcare professionals, whether students, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, dental or veterinary practitioners. It will particularly appeal to those seeking leadership positions or to undertake independent high-quality research in clinical education.

Research profile

Some of our current research focuses on:

  • Faculty development
  • Assessment and feedback in medical education
  • Psychometrics
  • Learning outcome development and mapping
  • Students learning to teach and Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)
  • Preparation for practice
  • International medical education
  • Clinical skills

We have good collaboration between university faculty, clinicians, NHS Education for Scotland and other institutions.

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Michael Ross
+44 (0)131 242 6536