Masters of Health Sciences (Clinical Education)
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Clinical Education)
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Clinical Education)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

A 2 minute introduction to the Masters in Clinical Education

Although much of the teaching of health professionals takes place in clinical settings, few clinicians receive formal training in educational techniques or principles of adult learning. This course has been designed to equip health professionals with the knowledge and skills required to become effective facilitators, supervisors and motivators of student learning. There is a particular focus on helping students to apply new educational knowledge and ‘know how’ in their clinical/workplace contexts.


The courses are delivered mostly by distance learning, with some face to face workshops in Galway as follows:

  • Masters: 10 days (2 consecutive weekdays in each of September, October, November, February and April).
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 8 days (2 consecutive weekdays in September and 6 Saturdays between October and June).
  • Postgraduate Certificate: 6 days (2 consecutive weekdays in September and 4 Saturdays between October and May). 

The Postgraduate Diploma (6 modules) can be taken over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time).

This course is recognised for external CPD by all the postgraduate medical training bodies. An Bord Altranais Registered Nurse Tutor approval is pending

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Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is open to qualified health professionals (dental professional, doctor, nurse, occupational therapist, pharmacist, physiotherapist, radiographer, speech & language therapist, veterinary professional, others) currently registered with their relevant professional body and actively involved in teaching in a clinical setting. Most of the programme is delivered by online distance learning and general computer literacy is essential for this.

NB: To be eligible for the Masters year, applicants must have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education (or equivalent) with an overall mark of at least 60%.

Duration: Master: 12 months, full-time in service.
PDip: 1 year full-time in service or 2 years part-time in service
PgCert: 8 months, full-time in service.

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: Master 150 ECTS; PDip 90 ECTS; PgCert 60 ECTS.

Average intake: 10 for Masters, 40 combined for Dip/Cert

Closing date:

Please refer to the review/closing date website.


Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

Interested applicants should note that the assessment structure for this course necessitates regular and consistent participation every week for at least 10 hours per week, which can be demanding for those in full-time work. A minimum attendance level at face-to-face workshops is also required for successful completion of the course. For those who prefer a less intensive pace, a 2 year part-time option is available (Diploma only).

Postgraduate Certificate
  • Learning Theory in Clinical Settings
  • Course Design and Evaluation
  • Clinical Teaching Methodologies *
  • Foundations of Assessment in Clinical Education
Postgraduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Certificate requirements listed above
  • Two other modules chosen from the following five:
    • Advanced Assessment in Clinical Education
    • Professional Development
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Simulation in Clinical Education
    • Leadership and Management in Healthcare Education
  • Evidence Based Education
  • Educational Research
  • Dissertation (in the form of a 4,000-word ready-for-publication research paper)

* This module is also available as a 6-week stand-alone option

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate

Prof. Peter Cantillon (Course Director)
Dr. Josephine Boland
Prof. Timothy Emlyn-Jones
Dr. Rosemary Geoeghan
Ms. Geraldine Grady

Dr. Peter Hayes
Dr. Gary MacDonald
Ms. Pauline May
Dr. Paul O'Connor
Ms. Jane Salguero
Ms. Alison Van Laar


Dr. Josephine Boland (Course Director)
Dr. Mary Byrne
Dr. Louise Campbell
Prof. Peter Cantillon
Ms. Geraldine Grady
Dr. Catherine Houghton
Mr. Ben Meehan
Dr. Paul O'Connor
Ms. Mary O'Reilly de Brun

Find out more

Prof. Peter Cantillon 
T +353 091 492 262

PAC code

GYM44 (Master)
GYM11 (PDip) full-time
GYM12 (PDip) part-time
GYM43 (PgCert)

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,915 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,691 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

Masters: €4,915
PDip: €4,915
PgCert: €2,675
Module: €850

Current students

‌Mairead Conneely, Principal Physiotherapist

PG Dip

"I was looking for a course to improve my teaching in the clinical setting and I found it at NUIG! This course is challenging but has offered me important insights into the way my students approach their learning and how I can help facilitate optimum learning. All of the modules provide interesting approaches to teaching in the clinical context."

Past students

Dr. Zareena Abidin, Psychiatrist

PG Dip

"With teaching being an integral part of my work as a doctor, this course gives me the necessary tools to teach effectively, given its scope and clarity. We can all remember from our student days the importance of having a good teacher; someone who has the ability to pass on their knowledge in a clear, concise and practical manner. By doing this course I now have a greater confidence in my ability to teach effectively and would highly recommend this Diploma to all who wish to make their students better doctors."

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